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March 4, 2012

by Virginia Scott


March promises to be a busy month. We have a new exhibit up. Rebecca Ashley, Higgins is exhibiting her pastel paintings. Rebecca is a student of Amy Winton. She meets weekly with Jean Weis. She credits these two women with assisting her achieve a childhood dream of becoming an artist. She is married to John Ashley and is a stay at home mother to their son, Alec James Ashley. Her reception will be March 25 at 2pm. It is a beautiful show so mark your calendars.

Sport uniforms and information are coming in for our exhibit. We have received an uniform from Ed Wiley. He is not sure what years if was used. It is a grey wool Booker uniform. I will include more information next week. If in the area and are familiar with our uniforms drop in and examine it for us. Keep the material coming.

March is Women Month, and I will discuss this in my historical musings, but I will also be featuring Lipscomb County Women this month. If there is one you would like featured. Give me a call or email. Lipscomb County Women celebrate US this month and take care of yourself. We have the 1848 Women Declaration of Independence by Elizabeth Cody Stanton on display and the Higgins Magazine Club featured in the Lobby.


In 1975, the United Nations began sponsoring International Women's Day (March 8) to honor women around the world, particularly working women. The traditiion goes back to the early years of the 20th century. In March 1909, women devoted to both the cause of labor and the cause of women led an uprising of thousands of garment industry workers in New York City. This alliance of militant working women and women's rights advocates inspired a German Socialist named Clara Zetkin and a Russian feminist representing textile workers named Alexandra Kollontai to declare an International Women's Day in 1911. After another uprising, March 8th became a holiday to honor women's labor and their role in the Russian Revolution.

In the late 1950s, the date was used as date for female led protests against nuclear weapons. In the late 1960s with women;s liberation spreading across the United States, the revolutionary women who had originated the holiday were rediscovered and there was a revival of celebrating International Women's Day. In 1981, the new National Women's History Project in Northern California led the lobbying of Congress to declare a national Women's History Week around March 8th. By 1987, by presidential decree, the week became a month.

Enjoy the month, celebrate the women in your life, past, present, and future. And promise yourself LADIES to Rest, Recoup, Relax, and Regroup Regularly.

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