Strong Women Including My Grandmother
On the eve of International Women’s Day, I can’t help but wonder what life was like for my grandmother who raised 3 children during the 1940s and 50s, mostly as a single mom.
I know that she was intelligent and strong. She put herself through nursing school while raising my mom and her siblings. I know that she struggled in many ways and that there were times when she lived in the “projects” with her children.
I know she always worked hard, her commute to the hospital, where she worked as a nurse, involved multiple buses and transfers because she did not start driving until much later in life, and even then, she was never comfortable driving.
I know she was very practical and efficient. And I know that she was a great caregiver not only as a nurse, but as a wife who cared for her husband who battled emphysema for decades. And I know that she deeply loved this man who was not always in the picture early on – until the day he died.
But I will never know how hard life was for her because her life did not play out in an “acceptable” way for a woman 70-80 years ago.
Women have come a long way since my grandmother’s time and for this I am grateful. We still have a long way to go, but on the eve of celebrating women and their accomplishments over the course of history, I just feel proud to be a woman who is trying to run a small business.
We are proud to champion women here at Fornire, from the woman-owned-brands that we work with, to those who generously share their talents and provide guidance. I am so grateful for the love and support of the women who are in my life and the ones who helped pave this slightly bumpy path that I am on.
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