Telling women’s history… one mother at a time

“Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.” Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)


It’s time to take stock.

How can the human race evolve if we don’t include the history of women? But where is it? First we have to write it.

My Mother’s Story is a project where the facts of women’s lives are written and shared – the stories of our mothers who were born in one world and grew up in another. Through their lives we see a slice of women’s history – how they coped and fought and loved and grieved.

Here are the extraordinary lives of ordinary women.

Learn how to simply and effectively tell the story of a woman dealing with the challenges of her times, the story of the woman who played the role of mother in your life.

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

How We Do It

This is the 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.

That’s it!

How Others Have Done It

There are communities of people writing and sharing their stories together – in live or online workshops, social groups, work groups, with Facilitators or friends. We have gathered an archive of their stories. Click below to read them!

This is what you can do!

Write your mother’s story. Now. You don’t have to show it to anyone until you’re ready, if at all. See how much you remember. From beginning to end, or now if she’s still alive. Just the facts. If you hit a rocky patch in the road, skip over it and continue writing. You can come back to that later. It’s about what she lived through, her story not her accomplishments. By writing it down, you’ll learn how to tell it. And you’ll give her life value beyond what she gave you. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. This is not the definitive story of her life; it’s what you remember right now. Try it. You’ll be done in two hours.

You can also buy the book, sign up for a course, become a Facilitator, sponsor a workshop in your area, become a Patron.

This is how we can help!

We’re always looking for partners to engage and encourage. Online workshops are available to help you starting January 2019. Sign up for more info on when you can get involved. | taught by Marilyn Norry

How it started

It started with a story. In 2004 Marilyn Norry, a Vancouver actor, writer, and story editor, was at a wedding listening to a friend recount an anecdote. The friend said, “To know what I mean, you have to know my mother’s story” and proceeded to tell the details of her mother’s life (born here, moved there, did this, did that) in about 5 minutes. To read more of the story that started My …