Oodles of Gumption

Well-behaved women rarely make history. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I love that quote, and I love that on Wednesday, March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. A day to honor the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. I can’t imagine how much gumption it took for women in the early 1900s to stand up for what they believed in and fight for better working conditions, higher pay, and voting rights.

I was raised by a strong female, so it’s no surprise that I wasn’t happy working for someone else. Nope, I wanted to own the company. I wanted to make the rules, and most of all, I wanted to employ other strong females to help me succeed in my mission to educate others.

Two beautiful women sitting on the beach

When I began writing, I knew my protagonist would be a strong female. She may not be the smartest, the most influential, or the most athletic, but I knew she would be stronghearted, and she would have gumption.

Celebrate those women around you with an encouraging hug, an uplifting word, or a kind action. Pass the gumption baton and continue the efforts those women began over 100 years ago.  #BreakTheBias #Janetleighbooks.com

5 Comments Add yours

  1. joylennick says:

    Born in the 1930s, ‘things’ were different in many marriages then, and although they loved each other and were mostly very happy in their long life together, my father could come across as stern now and then and say things like “Chop, chop, Lila. Where’s the tea then?” to my mother. One day, when he uttered similar words, she stood behind the kitchen cupboard and made meaningful V signs, which us kids thought hilarious. Sounds silly now, but it was funny as my dear Mum had such a placid nature.


    1. Oh, my gosh, Joy. I love your response and your mom’s actions. Even those little protests matter. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Hey, Janet. I love this post and especially Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote. She has so many good ones. I admire the courage of those early suffragettes who stood up for our rights. Gosh, they were brave, facing down physical threats as well as being socially ostracized. I value my right to vote and express my opinion. (My friends will tell you I do that often and sometimes loudly. 🙂 ) I’ve shared. 🙂


  3. It’s way past time more women were in charge!! Another favorite quote from Eleanor: A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water. (or something like that) Rock on, ladies!! 🙂


  4. Reggi Allder says:

    It is past time woman still make less than men doing the same job!


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