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Crossing Borders

By Jael Humphrey, November 18, 2021

For years, I was too ashamed of the abortion I had at sixteen to tell anyone. I had to cross state lines to get abortion care because the law in Massachusetts required that I get parental consent.

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Speaking to My Grandmother's Ghost

By Emily Clare, October 28, 2021

When people ask me why I believe in ghosts or spirits, the answer is simple: it’s because I have firsthand experience with them.

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A Matrilineal Society in the Time of Covid

By The Grandmother Project, September 23, 2021

The matrilineal heritage of the Navajo has stayed strong while the Navajo Nation itself—its people and infrastructure—has suffered some of the worst economic, and now health, conditions in the country.

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Anna's Escapes

By Kim Liao, April 15, 2021

In this excerpt from her book, The Cost of Freedom: A Family Memoir of Taiwanese Independence, Kim Liao imagines what her grandmother's childhood in early 1900s Chinatown might have been like.

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Sea Women

By Anne Hellman, March 18, 2021

The Haenyeo took my breath away. I’ve never been to Korea, but the photographs I came upon recently of these bold women transported me to that southern coastline...

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"Mary Wilson," an Interview with Martha Reeves

By Martha Reeves, with Carol Off, February 18, 2021

An interview with singer Martha Reeves by CBC Radio host Carol Off looks at the life of the late Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

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The Nurse

By Lucille Reed, December 16, 2020

We went back to the University of Iowa, where Bob served a four-year residency in general surgery. I worked as a night supervisor.

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My Grandmother's Pancake Recipe

By Elliott Yoakum, November 19, 2020

Elliott Yoakum reconstructs a recipe for pancakes to explore his relationship with his grandmother.

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Grandmother Recipes

By The Grandmother Project, November 19, 2020

A gathering of grandmother recipes that will keep on growing...

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Grand Mother Earth

By The Grandmother Project, October 21, 2020

Now could not be a more important time for the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

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By Anne Hellman, September 24, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. There was expectation, of course, but the reality of her death is truly shocking.

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"Calling All Grand Mothers"

By The Grandmother Project, September 8, 2020

A poem by Alice Walker, from her collection Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, calls on the grandmother spirit and on us to clear the way for wise women today, and tomorrow.

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“That Age Is Over Now”

By Anne Hellman, July 3, 2020

I have fleeting, but specific, memories of my great-grandmother, Edna Hellman, or “Grandy,” as my father and everyone else called her.

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The Story of Rosa Puron

By Gina Barros, June 12, 2020

The story of my great-grandmother, Rosa Puron Garcia, is really my father Domingo Barros’s story.

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On Invisible Pain

By Isabel Löfgren and Patricia Gouvêa, June 4, 2020

Being a mother is something that tears through the skin, leaving deep scars. It means to inhabit one’s own history, while living outside oneself.

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By Rena Roderick, May 21, 2020

“She was really my mother and she loved me to death, and I knew it because she would show me, I used to feel it, and she would give me anything that she had.”

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About Nana

By Ruth Lauer Manenti, May 14, 2020

My grandmother, who I called Nana, was the best-dressed woman in all of Berlin, or so my mother used to say.

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Bell Tower for Hiroshima

By Benny Oyama, May 7, 2020

My grandmother’s family was on the other side of the mountain when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima seventy-five years ago.

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I Never Met Jean Hellman

By Anne Hellman, April 23, 2020

I have a grandmother I never got to meet. She was my father’s mother, Jean Hellman.

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Knowing Her Only Through Pictures

By David Kronfeld, April 12, 2020

I never met my grandmother, whose name was Tillie (Chaya Taube) Green; she died when I was just a few weeks old.