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Welcome! I’m Mary Long and I am the Founder of Herstory Network.

I am absolutely convinced that the healing of this world will be brought about by women, but first we have to heal ourselves. We can no longer wait for someone to rescue us, we must rescue ourselves. How do we do that? Together. We do it together. By going within. By asking questions about why we believe what we believe. By challenging the status quo and refusing to be silent any longer.
We all have a voice that needs to be heard and we all have a right to be heard. After the Women’s March I made a promise to myself that I would no longer allow fear to keep me quiet about the things that really mattered, and this website is one step in keeping that promise.

The Reckoning

I’ve heard you say you’re sick of hearing about the #metoo/timesup movement. I’ve read your posts on facebook longing for the good old days when people posted pictures of their cats and the meal they were about to eat. You say you understand that it’s important, but how long do we have to keep talking about it? It’s such a drag.

I understand the desire to go back to pretending these things aren’t happening. Burying our heads in the sand in order to accept the unacceptable can be an effective coping mechanism. But what price do we pay for this faux peace?

I’m thinking about this as I recover from a minor surgical procedure. In particular, I’m thinking about the words the doctor said as I came out of anesthesia. “The condition you have is something we find most common in women who have been sexually assaulted,” he said.

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We can all agree that saying women do most of the cooking in the world would be a fair statement. Without research and statistics, using only our observational skills, this would be an accurate assertion.

Chances are as we were growing up, our mothers did most of the cooking. The same is true for most everyone we know. While it’s also true that this is changing and in two parent households men are stepping up to the oven more often, it’s still an accurate statement to say that women are the cooks of the world.

This thought struck me as I was watching the show Chef’s Table the other night. Each episode of the show focuses on a world renowned, award winning chef. Out of eighteen episodes, only four featured women. Isn’t it ironic that when it comes to cooking done at home (without pay) it’s usually done by women, but when it comes to restaurants, (with pay) it’s most often done by men?

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