I wasn't quite sure what to make of Women's History Month before I had a bookstore. Growing up, the official "Women's History Month" seemed like a national apology - from the powers that were because they hadn't valued women's contributions to important stuff. It also seemed like the Month's focus was on super-amazing women like Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. So at the store, of course, we have plenty of righteous biographies celebrating amazing females, all collected in our non-fiction nook, ready to inspire. But I've come to know that ordinary women are busy making history every day by changing the world all around us. 

So, we are offering two events in the next few weeks—one a celebration (literally, I'm throwing a party for) everyday wisdom, called "Listen, You" - where you write a letter to your younger, less-wise self. And a series celebrating our ambitious women-selves, through the lens of life's transitions.

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Listen, you!  Wisdom Exchange Party
Celebrating National Women's History Month

Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever wished the you you are now could give advice to younger you? Maybe you can remember a time you were at a crossroads — whether you knew it of not – wouldn’t it be cool to be able to say “Listen, You!” to your younger, less-wise self? Of course we can’t, not really, but I think it’s cool to take a moment to reflect, and to applaud ourselves for the wisdom we’ve earned. So let’s have a “Listen, You” party where we write a letter to our younger selves. Maybe you could have used advice at a certain specific juncture, or maybe there are more general things that could have helped guide younger you (assuming you’d have listened)*!

No matter your age or stage it will be a great experience, and I bet your “Listen, You” letter will be one you’ll want to share with loved ones. Here’s how it will work:

  • I cook yummy snacks and provide bevs (and pencil and paper) and we chat and meet new people and then,
  • We sit down and write our “Listen, You” letter (or bring yours, finished), and then,
  • We read our letters aloud if we like, or I can read yours if you prefer anonymity

*If it helps, mine will include “Sandy, why are you going to law school? Let’s think this through more – oh and stop hating your curly hair, and wishing you looked like Marcia Brady -- it’s such a waste of energy.”

Hope you can join us! 

Can’t come but want to take part? Or want to invite someone far from Wheaton to take part? Send your Listen, You letters along to me at read@prairiepathbooks.com.

Let’s learn from each other. Call the store to say you can come, (630) 764-7455! $10

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Women & Ambition Series

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” -Unknown

Sundays, April 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m.

If you’ve ever tolerated my “origin story” for Prairie Path Books, you’ll know that I really struggled to align my ambitious lawyer self with my mother of three reality. First I transitioned to part-time legal professional and then when my youngest was two, I decided to leave the paid workplace and stay at home with Hannah, Emma and Tom. Twelve years later I started Prairie Path Books. My 25-year friend Betsy and I met when I was a lawyer for McDonald’s Corporation and she was part-time in their Marketing Department; she had been full-time and decided to shorten her hours when her sons were born. She stayed ambitious all throughout our friendship and has collected many experiences - of her own and from her zabillion friends. For years we’ve talked about a series examining women and ambition during the decades of their working years, through the lens of life changes. Spring seems like the perfect opportunity to gather women and discuss ambition so we are reading up on the latest literature re what women can do to anticipate and even embrace transition while holding tight to our ambitious selves. Please join us as we share our experiences and all we’ve read and learned in an interactive series designed to enlighten and inspire. 

$35 for the series, Snacks and Bevs provided

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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