March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?

Here’s to March as Women’s History Month – As a way to honor it, I invite you to write in one (or more) of your favorite women from history who did not have children.  She can be someone who was childless by circumstance or not, or a woman who was childfree-someone who consciously chose not to have children in eras where that was a bold choice.

Even if you don’t know how she came to have no children (I find not knowing exactly how many came to have no children is fairly common, at least from reading the history books), if she is one of your favorites, write in about her….let’s focus on great women from history whose lives did not include motherhood.

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One of the Greatest War Correspondents of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn

In theme with Memorial Day, USA Today highlighted a new HBO movie, Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen as Hemingway, and Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s his third wife. Gellhorn had an amazing life.  As Nicole Kidman says, “Her main thrust as a woman was not as a mother or a wife. It was as…  Continue reading “One of the Greatest War Correspondents of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn”

Where are the Not-Famous Favorite Childfree?

In honor of Women’s History Month, this month’s On-the-Ground question has been:  Who is your favorite childfree woman and why? She can be dead or alive, famous or not, someone from your professional or personal life, etc. I have been collecting responses over the course of the month, and am noticing an interesting thing… Continue reading “Where are the Not-Famous Favorite Childfree?”

The Many Women in History Who Got It–that Motherhood is Optional

Have you seen the collage of never-mom women from history (and some still alive) on pinterest? Olivia Reading has done a great job. It’s Women’s History Month, and I find it inspiring!  Check it out, and maybe it will inspire your answer to this month’s On-the-Ground Question.   Simone de Beauvoir (pictured) is one of mine… Continue reading “The Many Women in History Who Got It–that Motherhood is Optional”

Tip of the Hat to Great Childfree Women in History

Seeing how it is Women’s History month, let’s give a nod to some awesome childfree women of history.

Starting with the subject of Molley Peacock’s most recent biography of artist Mary Delaney, others include:

Amelia Earhart, Annie Sullivan , Karen Blixen

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Childfree Women in the History Books

I am reading When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins. While interesting and informative about the history of women during this time period, covering politics, popular culture, economics, sex, work, and family, I am disappointed that there is no discussion of – you can guess– Continue reading “Childfree Women in the History Books”