Tag Archives: leadership

From Women Getting the Vote to Women Getting Their Own Pocketbooks

June 8, 2019

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The celebrations have started  for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment  which passed on June 4, 1919,.  That constitutional action gave women the right to vote as of Aug. 26, 1920 . Discussing women’s suffrage brings up Martha Matilda Harper. Susan B. Anthony and other suffragists understood that women gaining the right to vote […]

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Why Rochester, NY Was So Progressive.

February 25, 2019

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Discover how Rochester led the abolition and suffrage movement, which led to pioneering women entrepreneurship, Visiting Nurses, and affordable housing.

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Martha and the Girl Scouts

June 19, 2018

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When Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts with 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, I wonder if she had ever been to a Harper Method shop and was encouraged by the female network of shops that Harper created worldwide?  Certainly, it was tragic that Martha had such a gruesome childhood being bound out at age seven to work […]

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A Real World Rapunzel Who Rescues Herself

May 29, 2017

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Recently I spoke to a group of cosmetology and barber students at the Manatee Technical College.  Over forty, mostly young people, some with multi-colored hair, ranging from maroon, to aquamarine highlights, were mesmerized by the hair and the accomplishments of Martha Matilda Harper. One student said to me, “I thought I had it tough, but […]

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Martha’s Simple Lesson

October 18, 2013

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Following the NPR Morning Edition story on franchising (www.npr.org),  Lea Kemp, Library curator at the Rochester Museum and Science Center called to share how sixth  graders were impacted by Martha Matilda Harper.  Seems the Museum’s charter school was teaching business to their sixth graders and Lea shared Martha’s story.  A youth piped up, “So, Martha treated […]

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Reboot American Values

September 12, 2013

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The game is stacked.  Unless you go into certain fields and maneuver a golden parachute, expect to watch the rich get richer and the poor poorer.  According to September 11, 2013 Associated Press article, “the gulf between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America is the widest it’s been since the Roaring 20’s. […]

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Time for Business Basics

June 19, 2012

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It’s graduation time and lots of young people are moving on up and becoming (we parents hope)  self-sustaining men and women.   Hopefully, they have been taught to read, write, and think clearly.  Perhaps they have even been to taught to think creatively and not simply regurgitate back answers, but to even think through new […]

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