We are the sum of all the people who have lived before us.
Meryl Streep, Faces of America
These are the women who inform who I am today. Some are ancestors. Some are aunts or cousins or in-laws. Some I knew in person. Some I know only through photos and stories and documents. They are the foundation of my family history and I am the sum of all their lives.
This post was written for the 21st edition of Smile for the Camera: Give Their Face A Place and for Women’s History Month. To see all posts written for Women’s History Month, click here.