Thursday, March 7, 2019

What I'm Reading: March 2019

March is Women's History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history - and March 8th is International Women's Day.  

Therefore, I have a book by Cokie Roberts on the docket for this month. 

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

When the Civil War began, Washington, D.C. was a small Southern town that was quickly transformed into an immense Union army camp and later a hospital.  Many Southern women chose to leave a city for safer (and more sanitary) locations.

But many women  stayed and joined the Union cause.  And women moved to Washington to work as nurses, supply organizers, relief workers and journalists - and also as munitions workers in highly flammable arsenals.    Some put their sewing skills into service  at The Navy Yard - which was traditionally "Men Only"- to sew canvas gunpowder bags for the troops.  

Cokie Roberts tells the stories of these women and their increasing independence, their political empowerment, and their indispensable role in keeping the Union unified through the war.  The war not only changed Washington; it also changed the place of women in America.

Also by Cokie Roberts and worth reading:

About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have a 40-year track record that includes organization and strategic consulting with non-profits, both big and small, as well as small family-owned business and Fortune 500 global technology companies.  My experience also includes work in education, counseling psychology and crisis management, program and operations management, nonprofit management and consulting, and human resources and education.

Although I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!

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