EPISODE 14: Saluting the women history makers you’ve (likely) never heard of

5Mar

In this episode, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, kicks off MarchTracy_Crow_bio_photo.jpg and Women's History Month with a little personal history about how and why she and co-author Jerri Bell created their book, It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, and their surprising discoveries along the way. Until this project, Tracy confesses, "We had no idea on whose shoulders we'd been standing, in whose shoes we'd been attempting to fill...." despite their thirty years of combined military service. Their pact, she explains, was that this book would not devolve to a warmongering collection. "Truth is," she says, "Jerri and I wouldn't wish the war experience on anyone." Their goal was to give a voice to so many silenced women -- in many cases, silenced for more than a century -- and to allow their stories to be told in their own words from their letters, journals, depositions, media interviews, oral histories, and published and unpublished memoirs. "The curators and librarians were downright giddy," Tracy says, and led them to stacks and stacks of unpublished memoirs. As Tracy reveals, for more than two thousand years women have lived largely oppressed. "The waking has been slow and painful," she says. "It's time to wake up, Holy Rebel Goddesses." Wake up, Holy Rebel Goddesses!