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Anandi Gopal Joshi deeper dive: The caste system

For a very long time even in the highest of castes women were considered chattles, like livestock. They were not allowed to get an education and were kept happy by being given "ornaments". So just imagine what it was like to be a woman in any lower caste.

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Finding your North Star

For generations the North Star has been a guiding light. Located the end of the handle of the little dipper, this star has been used by sailors, explorers...and still to this day for people to orient themselves. One of the most interesting things about the North Star is that it does not disappear below the horizon and can be seen through out the night and through out the year.  When we first started to do our research of Harriet Tubman...I loved the significance of the North Star to her journey. The significance in both the obvious way and metaphorical way.  She found her "North Star", her mission, her calling and followed it. We wanted the North Star to be central...

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Interesting Facts About Our Legendary Lady, Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a legendary lady that made an impact on the world at a crucial time. Born as Araminta Ross, she later changed her first name to Harriet, after her mother. She is most notably known as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad during the 1850s, where she risked her life to help slaves escape to freedom in the North. Originally born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, she lived in a one-room cabin with her family, which included 11 children. At around the age of six, she left her family to work as a house servant, and seven years later she was sent to work in the fields with the rest of the slaves.     At the...

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Introducing our next Legendary Lady

Our next lady...drum roll please.... The amazing Anandi Gopal Joshi. She is regarded as the first Indian woman to get a western medical degree. Her story is both uplifting and heartbreaking. The arduous details of her life will be withheld from the book, for obvious reasons. But as parents, this book opens the door to have conversations with our children about life in the past, different cultures and the beautiful story of one lady overcoming enormous obstacles. We will be diving more into the below questions, as a way to help introduce you to this Anandi. I hope you enjoy learning about this Legendary Lady. 1. Social norms: What is the cast system? Why was it in place? Why was it so amazing that this woman...

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Reflection Part 1

I had the honor of speaking to the amazing Rachel Sokol. First off she is the sweetest person ever but secondly the questions she asked made me reflect for the last few days. I went over my words over and over again. She asked “Who are your personal role models?”. After we got off the phone, that was a questions that went through my head over and over. Looking back there were no books about historical women. I don’t even remember learning about Harriet Tubman until I was in grade school.   I was so lucky to be surrounded by amazing, strong women. Both of my grandmothers were hard working, loving and tough! We discussed my Grandma Josefina in the...

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