In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ll be spending March honoring the memory of my great great grandmother, Helen Martha Ekin Starrett. She was an extraordinary woman who accomplished a great deal during her eighty years of life. In addition to the traditional roles of a 19th Century daughter, wife, and mother, she was also many other non-traditional things. She was a business owner, a patent holder, a newspaper editor, a published author, and a suffragist. Until the end of her life, she was considered a mentor and an inspiration to thousands of girls and women throughout the country.
I can’t wait to share stories of her early days as a student, teacher, and principal before and during the Civil War, and as a school owner afterwards.
And her stories of her experiences during the suffrage movement– her friendship with Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rev. Olympia Brown, and others… her life was simply fascinating!
As her great great granddaughter, I have always taken great pride in the fact that her blood flows through my veins, and it has always been a dream of mine to share her story. I hope you’ll find her as fascinating as I do.
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Wow what a remarkable woman! Definitely deserves the title of the post!
I can’t wait to HEAR your stories of Helen’s days as a student, teacher, and principal before and during the Civil War, and as a school owner afterwards! She sounds like a truly fascinating — and groundbreaking — woman.
I can’t wait for you to see all the great stuff she did. She was pretty amazing. I thought I knew everything, but it turns out that it was just the tip of the iceberg!
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I wish there were an emoji for “antsy with anticipation.” 🙂
You are so fantastic. I tried to respond to your post yesterday and comment on your blog, but my internet kept dumping on me. 😦 I think you are my only regular reader– really! I don’t think my family even reads my stuff! THANK YOU!!!
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I am looking forward to this story…..Helen was certainly influential in Dinwiddie Construction after the passing of WSD and interfaced with my Grand Mother and Father.
Steve– This is my dream come true. I have always wanted to do this!
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