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What Have I Been Up To?

Quick update via a question and answer format to fill in the gap between my 2/15  and 9/3 posts, although I did post on August 26th, Women’s Equality Day:

Have you been speaking?

Penny:  Yes–13 illustrated programs between then and now in various venues and on different topics–“Celebrating Women,”  Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference, and  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World.  In March, I was delighted to give the keynote speech at an event honoring World War II women who had served in the military and the workforce (co-sponsored by Bergen County, NJ and the League of Women Voters).  The link to my 18-minute keynote speech and slide show is on YouTube: The photos are: Barbara Ward Christianson, Marine; Beverly Rosenstein, WAC (Army); and Dorothy Dempsey, SPAR (Coast Guard), who is shown receiving a medal and commendation from Kathleen Donovan, the County Executive.



(My Fall calendar is posted on my website with my talks on Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II to Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial, and Thanksgiving: The True Story).

Have you been writing?

Penny: Yes! I am about finished with Listen!: Wise Words from Our Foremothers.  I am wrapping up revising and updating a new edition of my 2000 bestselling book Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America.  My book, The Truth About How Women Got the Vote, is underway.  If you want to receive email updates about these projects, including when they’ll be available, please contact me at

Did you have fun?

Penny: Yes, from 19 days in Alaska, which include a visit with my sister Cam and her husband Rich, to lots of grandmothering. Photos are: me and Linda at the Mendehall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska, me and Linda at Girls on the Run event with 10-year-old Sophie, her daddy Jon and Uncle Steve;  me on Mothers’ Day with 3-month-old Quinn and Balan: Quinn and Balan at the Jersey Shore for the first time & not quite sure what to make of it, 8/25/14.

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