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Strong Women

Nov 24, 2021

The same woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb” also influenced popular American traditions like having a Christmas tree in your home and women wearing a white wedding gown for their marriage ceremony. She also is considered the godmother of our Thanksgiving because of her relentless petitions to Presidents and lawmakers to create the National holiday, which finally happened under President Lincoln. But do you even know her name?! In this week's episode, we talk with Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of the book "Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman." Melanie shares Hale's story of being a writer, an activist for education for women, and an editor of “Godey's Lady's Book”, the most popular women's magazine in the early years of our country. This story will fascinate and inspire you as we learn about the life and times of this remarkable woman. 


Melanie Kirkpatrick Show Notes: 

The Hudson Institute: 

Lady Editor by Melanie Kirkpatrick: 

Thanksgiving by Melanie Kirkpatrick: 

Escape from North Korea by Melanie Kirkpatrick: 

Books by Sarah Josepha Hale: 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: 

Godey's Lady's Book: 

Books by Edgar Allan Poe: 

Books by Nathaniel Hawthorne: 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: 

Everlasting Song by Ha Jin: 

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