women hang in there, no matter what

We survive war and conquest; we survive colonization, acculturations,
assimilation; we survive beating, rape, starvations, mutilation, sterilization,
abandonment, neglect, death of our children, our loved ones, destruction of
our land, our homes, our past, and our future. We survive, and we do more
than just survive. We bond, we care, we fight, we teach, we nurse, we bear,
we feed, we earn, we laugh, we love, we hang in there, no matter what.

—— Paula Gunn Allen,

The sacred hoop: recovering the feminine in American Indian traditions

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

traditional Cheyenne saying


March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate the women in your life this month and every month.

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About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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10 Responses to women hang in there, no matter what

  1. “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”
    Love this and stole it for my FB page

    Liked by 2 people

  2. JosieHolford says:

    Good encouragement for a very woeful time for women and their rights worldwide. What happened in Auckland last weekend was an appalling example of what happens when women say “no” to men and demand the right to tell their stories.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wayside Artist says:

    We will hang in there. We will express our will. We will save this democracy. We will.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lots of great wisdom here. Thanks for sharing Sheila!

    Liked by 1 person

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