Women’s Long and Winding Road
On the winding path to now, I have gleaned an understanding of how powerful women’s voices are. One voice does make a difference. However, most women do not appreciate their own influence, or the change which they helped bring about.
Think of the story of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” and you will know what I mean.
Long ago I decided this had to change and I would do whatever I could to amplify women’s voices and celebrate women as they spoke.
I believe all women have different aspects of themselves that are forgotten or neglected as we move through later life stages. Finding all your selves from different times, integrating or editing these stories, and sharing what you feel is appropriate and important, can touch others in significant ways you may never know.
The chorus of voices collectively changed the world with the sharing of #metoo stories. Misogyny and racism will fall away with continued, concerted effort.
Personal and Professional Foundations
I attended university and studied my butt off, eventually finding that I had been born an anthropologist. I learned so much about my social mistakes, women’s roles, and how information really forms and is used in American society and human culture. I received a Masters in Science from Purdue University.
I also married, had a daughter, and worked within university-systems in libraries and museums until decided that working in university environments as other than a professor was unrewarding both financially and professionally so I headed off to create my own writing.
On becoming the surviving matron of my family in my early-50s, I realized that almost no one I had encountered in my adult years who had experienced even a fraction of the adversity I had, bounced back and achieved the contentment and success I had.
I studied my own development through what anthropologists call auto-ethnography, and began documenting and sharing what I gleaned. I became active in national women’s blogging networks in 2007 and began coaching women in online writing practices in 2012.
From Blogging to Publishing
I began to develop and share the culturally-based tips and techniques that I had used to be a tenacious and resilient survivor. The Women’s Legacy Project has emerged from this journey and I invite you to continue along the empowered path that experiencing collective legacy and developing your personal legacy provides to you.
My incorporated business is called Hill Research Services, LLC and the Women’s Legacy Project is just that, a project within HRS.
I live in Tucson with my husband, Neapolitan Mastiff, an ancient semi-Siamese cat, a young striped-and-spotted black-footed Zippy cat, aquatic turtle (all rescues,) and several fish.