Stories of Resilience, Courage & Ingenuity: We honor our ancestors on International Women’s Day

Mar 08, 2021 Beth Monaghan

Dolly Parton once said, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Today we celebrate the women in our communities, including our families, that were brave enough to be themselves and pave the way for future generations. 

Recently, I learned that my great great aunt Wilda Coleman got into the Navy on a technical error. The 1918 Naval Reserve Act stated that “any U.S. citizen” could join. Wilda was one of 11,000 women, called Yeoman (F) or “Yeomannettes,” to enlist. Yeomen (F) received the same pay as men who shared their rank and they hoped their service would encourage equal pay and also help convince Woodrow Wilson to pass the 19th Amendment and give women the vote.

It turns out, a few people at Inkhouse have heroic women in their families. Here are the fascinating stories we learned: 

Happy International Women’s Day!


Topics: Storytelling, Inkhouse Employees, International Women's Day
Beth Monaghan

Beth is the CEO of Inkhouse, which she co-founded in 2007 and has grown into one of the top ranked agencies in the country. Beth’s been recognized as one of the Top Women in PR by PR News, the Top 25 Innovators by The Holmes Report and as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth believes that shared values, and the freedom to create are the foundations of all meaningful work. She brings this philosophy to building a culture of creative progress at Inkhouse.

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