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

Since the early days working around her kitchen table, Beth has grown Inkhouse into one of the top independent PR agencies in the country. She’s been named a Top Woman in PR by PR News, a Top 25 Innovator by PRovoke, and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth designed Inkhouse’s signature Storytelling Workshop to mirror the literary hero’s journey and to unearth the emotional connections that bind an audience to a brand or idea. She also uses narratives to build Inkhouse’s culture, most recently through two books of employee essays, “Hindsight 2020” and “Aren’t We Lucky?”

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