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A Tribute to Women-Deborah Sampson Garrett (War)

My teenage years were in the 90’s.  A strange time for women.  There were mixed messages everywhere.  One one hand, we were taught that women could be whatever they wanted to be: sexy, smart, stay-at-home moms, business women, farmers, etc.  One the other hand, there was an undercurrent of disrespect and mistrust.  Most often women distrusting or disrespecting other women.  The competition can seem fierce for the best man or the best job or the best education, so in all of the messages that sang our praises, there were messages that told us to beware of one another.

I cast off this feeling many years ago, but I remember it and recognize it in others.  I have many female friends who have a limited amount of female friends because of these very reasons.   For as much as we may salivate over friendships like the ones we’ve seen in Sex and the City and The Golden Girls, few of us can put down the sword long enough to let other women in.  Many of us are too busy competing and comparing and do not want someone else to see what is behind the curtain.  I found that putting my curtain down and allowing my female friends to take a top shelf in my life has been one of the best things I have ever done.

Due to these enlightenments, these next few posts will deal with and highlight strong (sometimes famous) women.  These are women who I have learned about recently and who showed remarkable strength in the face of adversity.  Perhaps this will awaken you to the possibility of allowing your female friends and acquaintances more of a role in your life.

Deborah Sampson Garrett disguised herself as a man to fight in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  For seventeen months of her life, she masqueraded as Robert Shurtliff until she was wounded and honorably discharged.  What amazes me most is the fact that this woman was surrounded by a society that did not support a woman in combat, but she rose above this stereotype to claim her place in history.  There is a part in all of us that can guide us to that type of strength if we dare to see it.

At 5′ 7″ she supposedly had little trouble dressing and looking the part of a man, and even dug a musket ball out of her own leg with a pen knife to avoid detection and then she continued fighting.  Eventually, she came down with a fever and was treated by a doctor who also kept her secret, but she was discharged soon after with a note of advice and some money.

After her time in the army, she fought to get her soldier’s pension from the government for her time spent in combat.  She won that fight also.  The General Court of Massachusetts verified her service and wrote the following: “[Sampson] exhibited an extraordinary instance of female heroism by discharging the duties of a faithful and gallant soldier, and at the same time preserving the virtue and chastity of her sex unsuspected and unblemished.”

To all of the women who serve our country with gallantry and bravery…I hold you in the highest regard.  Thank you.


5 thoughts on “A Tribute to Women-Deborah Sampson Garrett (War)

  1. I feel the only way to get the world we all want with women heralding each other instead of competing with eachother is to embrace their strongest asset – their feminine energy. Where I think we have gone wrong is this idea that women need to channel the male energy to succeed in a male world (like a woman will changer herself to be with a man) rather than identifying with herself first and creating a world that matches that and exceeds anything that the male energy can offer. xx

    • I agree, but I think it has to be an understanding and acceptance of women regardless of the male/female energy. I chose Deborah because I recently read a book by one of her descendants. Apparently, Deborah struggled with her own gender issues. She felt very male in a female form and joining the war effort was a way to hold true to this identification. She also truly believed in the cause . Stick around and read my next posts. I am trying to include many different types of women from many different avenues and walks of life. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!!

      • I completely agree – but what is interesting is that the ‘abulity’ to understand, be emphatic, to not judge, to not complete – sits with the female energy. This energy needs to be brought forward in both men and women (it exists in both) it is just that women have a higher identification with it. Deborah is a lovely example of how the male energy obsession with organising and catagorising caused her to have any issues at all. With out this imposed ‘order’ both men and women regardless of there identification would feel free to exist as they wish. So basically what i’m saying and perhaps not very well – what you want, what we all want = is a stronger identity for the female energy out side of the male energy construct so that a world can start to exist where people can be who they really are not confused because they don’t fit in with imposed ‘norms’. You can’t ignore this energetic duality – it exists – accept it use it by channeling it in a way that achieves results – ignore it at your peril (mwahaaaa! 🙂 )

      • The really crazy thing is that is exactly what I need to do. It’s a long bla, bla, bla story, but my astrological chart shows this in my karma. I have an extremely difficult time balancing my male/female energy. I have an intense need for the feminine but often view it as weaknesses in its vulnerable form. I am working on it, but I am having a difficult time seeing my female self as more than weakness incarnate. I also think it’s interesting that this is exactly the point you are bringing to light for me. Coincidence? I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying and I am working diligently to achieve that end. 🙂

      • The most powerful God in the Greek Pantheon was in fact a Goddess – Athena. To connect and feel good about your feminine read up on her attributes because that is just the beginning of it’s identity. Also look at the chinese Yin energy to understand your own struggle will allowing it to come forward, yet also understanding that it is inevitable that it will 🙂 – It isn’t something you can force forward (that is the male energy) – like the process of manifestation it can only be allowed (in the sense of simple relaxed acceptance). I am so happy and appreciative to have been one of the answerers to your asking and sharing a part of your journery 🙂 xx

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