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Throughout history, the stories of our ancestors have been told mostly from the men's point of view. In many instances, the women and their accomplishments, perspectives and so much more have been cast aside.
So, in order to see the world as our female ancestors would have, I am starting a new prompt. I would love for you to join me!!
New Genealogy Prompt ~ "Through Her Eyes" Thursday
What would be included within this writing prompt?
- If you have a female ancestor who's story you would like to tell
- As you are researching, and you discover an interesting female
- If you find something that tells your readers more about the "women's side" of historical events
- Diary/journal entries, etc. that tells what everyday life was like for women "back in the day"
The first two photos are examples of what could be included of historical events shown from a woman's perspective.
Photos, like the one below, would have been cast to the side for more of the likes of male aviators, such as Charles Lindbergh; even though there were many female pilots over the years.
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Our Female Ancestors and Looking Through Her Eyes
Although I have never shied away from telling the stories of my female ancestors here, I can honestly say that I hadn't looked at the world through their eyes either.
What is my grandmother thinking in this photo? In another year or so, she would be married to my grandfather. Had she already met him, and was in love? Was she even thinking of the future, or just loving life? The grandma I knew wouldn't have posed for a photo like this. Who was this woman?
My paternal grandmother, Ethel
(approx. 20 years old)
I was fortunate enough to be around Grandma Ethel for over 40 years, and my Great-Grandma Carrie for 12 years. It wasn't until recently that I would look at these two photos below, and realize that I was looking into the eyes of a woman who saw her newlywed sister pass away during the flu epidemic, her brother go off to WW I & four of her sons to WW II. She had already become a widow by this time. Her four sons had returned home from the war, only for one of them to pass away three years later.
My paternal great-grandmother,
As she holds her grandchildren in these photos, it is hard to imagine all the changes she had already seen in the world. By the time she had passed away in the 1970's, the news of the day had covered the Wright Brothers and the Moon Landing!
Great-grandma Carrie (L) and
Grandma Ethel (R)
How to Participate in "Through Her Eyes" Thursday
If you are looking for a prompt to help bring life to your ancestors' stories, consider using "Through Her Eyes" Thursday!
- Find a story about a female ancestor or an interesting woman that you would like to share.
- You could also share a "woman's view" of a historical event, or an example of their everyday life
- Be sure to include "Through Her Eyes" Thursday in your title, tags, etc. to ensure good search engines results.
- Be sure to include Instagram and Twitter in on the fun, too! Just be sure to use the hashtag (#ThroughHerEyesThursday)
- Share, share and share some more!! Share on FB and Instagram; retweet on Twitter!