Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist wrote a post for Women’s History Month titled “Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.” There is a topic for each day of the month of March to commemorate the “fearless females” in our families. The topic for March 12 is “Working Girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home?”
I’ve written before about my paternal grandmother Helen Pendleton going to work at the Staten-Converse Store in Valdosta when she and her daughters moved in with her mother-in-law after the death of her husband Wiley Thomas in 1918 during the flu epidemic. I don’t think she worked after she married my grandfather Albert Pendleton. My maternal grandmother Leona Redles didn’t work outside the home.
In a previous post I wrote about my mom going to work for my dad at the family business after all of us children were in school. She worked for him until the early 1970s when the family business closed down. After this, she went back to college and got her nursing degree. She worked as a nurse for 15 years before retiring.