A Thought for Women’s History Month
It’s sad that we have to have a “special” Women’s History Month to honor women’s accomplishments, but their contributions–like those of other marginalized citizens– have been ignored, neglected, and down-played for centuries.
When thinking about Virginia Hall’s special contribution, I think of how gender and disability discrimination narrowed her opportunities–and yet, she still persevered and pushed through (or around) the barriers of small expectations, and personal and institutional biases. Despite this struggle, and against long odds, she made a remarkable contribution to help liberate France and win the war in Europe.
It is a story both personal and universal.
Virginia Hall Self Portrait