Tag Archives: #Herstory

Washington Post blog writer Diana Reese features Grandma Gatewood Story

5 Jan

Diana Reese is a writer and blogger for the Washington Post and contributor to “She the People”. She just posted a great article about Grandma Gatewood that you should read.

By Diana Reese January 5 at 2:12 PM
She The People

Grandma Gatewood survived domestic violence to walk the Appalachian Trail alone at 67

Even now, six decades later, Emma Gatewood’s story still resonates.

Grandma Gatewood, as she became known, was the first woman to hike the entire 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself in 1955. She was 67 years old at the time, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23. She’d survived more than 30 years of marriage to a brutal husband who beat her repeatedly.

Gatewood hiked the trail carrying a homemade knapsack and wearing ordinary sneakers — she wore out six pairs of them in 146 days from May to September. She brought a blanket and a plastic shower curtain to protect her from the elements, but she didn’t bother with a sleeping bag, a tent, a compass or even a map, instead relying on the hospitality of strangers along the way and her own independent resourcefulness. She’d sleep in a front porch swing, under a picnic table or on a bed of leaves when necessary, and she ate canned Vienna sausages, raisins and peanuts plus greens she found on the trail and meals offered by strangers.

To get the rest of the story click on the link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2015/01/05/grandma-gatewood-survived-domestic-violence-to-walk-the-appalachian-trail-alone-at-67/

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Film on Appalachian Trail walking Grandma gets closer to completion- By Steve Fogarty, Chronicle Telegram

21 Oct

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Thanks to Steve Fogarty of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram who wrote a nice follow up article about our TRAIL MAGIC documentary project. You can read it at: http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/prgrmcmmnts/fogartyect10172014.pdf

Feisty Females- Emma Gatewood

16 Sep

Sharon Hall, a friend of our “Trail Magic” script writer Kelly Boyer Sagert let us know about this great blog site that features her story about Emma Gatewood.

Check out Sharon’s article about Emma Gatewood at http://historydepot.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/feisty-females-grandma-gatewood-part-i Enjoy!

Women Making Moves- Four weeks of “HerStory”

20 Jan
  • Famous Ohioan, first women photojournalist to take photos from the front lines of WW2

    Margaret Bourke-White, Ohioan, first accredited female photojournalist to report from the front lines of WW2

    The First of several events cohosted by Women Making Moves and EVE, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Lorain County Community College: Alisa Riccardi will portray Cleveland photographer, Margaret Bourke-White – famous WWII photo-journalist and the first accredited female war correspondent. After the event meet the producers of the Emma Gatewood story “Trail Magic” documentary film.

  • Come celebrate Women’s History Month with a different program every week this March with this fundraising series sponsored by Eden Valley and Women Making Moves. Find complete information at: http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/2014events/march/owtnseries.htmSeries Tickets and Single Tickets available

Hey, did you see our facebook for our March Events:  https://www.facebook.com/events/251618014999413/ Pass it around!