There is a fabulous quote I have printed on a plaque that sits on my desk, and from that quote, I seek and receive many pertinent affirmations:

Validation. Justification. Courage. Faith.

Well-behaved women seldom make history.


This observation was made by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. And trust me, this lady ought to know.

The author earned the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785 – 1812, set in early New England. Harvard Professor of Early American History and President of the American Historial Association (2009), Ulrich had written an article on Puritan funeral services. It was in that article that she coined the now-famous phrase. She later wrote a book, using the quote as the title, examining how certain ‘misbehaving’ women, Rosa Parks and Virginia Woolf, for example, shaped the course of history.

Ulrich also co-penned a collection with poet Emma Lou Payne, entitled, All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir.

You guessed it, another famous line brought to us from this awesome writer, teacher and feminist, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. How much ya wanna bet you’ll have this song in your head for the next few days?

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