sharing our stories is the oldest power we have.
Preti Taneja

How can the human race evolve
if we don’t include the history of women?

My Mother’s Story is a project that encourages everyone to write the facts of their mothers’ lives. It’s about uncovering all the great stories we have within us so we can better appreciate what has shaped us – as individuals, as communities, and as the human race.

It’s time to fill in the holes in our human tapestry. Who best to do it than you?
And who best to inspire you than your mother?

Your family will know her, the world will recognize her, and you will find a new freedom for yourself.  

Tell her story and discover your own.

How to Write Your Mother’s Story

This is our writing “recipe”: write your mother’s story, just the facts from beginning to end, in less than 2000 words, where you’re just a footnote. When you’re ready read it to one person.

For some, this writing prompt is enough and they’re off to the races, returning only to submit their story to our Archive. Most people require more guidance than that, though, which is totally okay. Register for an online workshop or get the workbook, Writing Women’s History…starting with your mother to start.

How Others Have Done It

Hundreds of people from all over the world have submitted their finished stories to our Archive where they can be read online. Many of these stories have also been shared through different media developed by our Society – in books, ebooks, theatre performances, videos, and podcasts.

What Else You Can Do

There’s more than one way to join our growing community of storytellers, facilitators, and supporters. Share mother stories with your friends. Sign up for our online workshop or bring a live one to your community. Become a partner and run a campaign for mother stories in your workplace, community, church or temple. Or get in touch with us to share your ideas so we can collaborate. Or simply sign up for our newsletter to get updates about upcoming events and project launches.

How It All Began

It started with a story. In 2004 Marilyn Norry, a Vancouver actor, writer, and story editor, was at a wedding listening to a friend when her friend said, “To know what I mean, you have to know my mother’s story” and proceeded to tell it.

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