Power Tool #1: Know Your History
Know your history and you can create the future of your choice. How many women did you learn about in high school history classes? Bet you can count them on one hand without using all your fingers. Women have been all but written out of history. Yet we are always everywhere giving birth to everyone and doing all kinds of important things despite barriers. Take Sybil Luddington. At age sixteen, on April 26, 1777, Sybil rode through towns in New York and Connecticut warning that the British were coming. She gathered enough volunteers to beat back the British army the next day, and her ride was twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Yet, unless you live in the small Connecticut town named for her, it’s doubtful you’ve ever heard of her. Sometimes she is called the “female Paul Revere” but couldn’t he just as well be called “the male Sybil Luddington?” What women would you like to write into the history books?