"In Her Shoes"
Annette Rafferty's story is included in a new book:
"In Her Shoes: A Compilation of Inspiring Stories From the First Decade of the Worcester Women’s Oral History Project"
by Maureen Ryan Doyle and Charlene L. Martin,
Co-Chairs, Worcester Women’s Oral History Project.
In Her Shoes contains excerpts from the stories of Worcester women from different generations, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds who participated in the first decade of the Oral History Project. The universal themes of striving for work/life balance, commitment to a personal cause, and finding one’s path in life despite obstacles big and small, arise as the women’s lives are revealed.
Through the sharing of women’s stories, we come to appreciate that despite our differences, there are often common threads that unite all women. Whether reading about the life of a baker, an actress, a mother, an entrepreneur, or a funeral director, we come to respect each woman’s experience and the choices she makes. And, perhaps, we achieve a better understanding of life in her shoes.
Maureen Ryan Doyle has worked as a freelance writer for many years and is also the owner of a small property management company in Central Massachusetts. She was the winner of Good Housekeeping Magazine’s New Traditionalist writing competition.
Charlene L. Martin, Ed.D. has 35 years of experience in higher education. She is the former Dean of Continuing Education at Assumption College and the founding director of the Worcester Institute for Senior Education. They co-authored Voices of Worcester Women in 2011.
Maureen Ryan Doyle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlene L. Martin: email@example.com
Worcester Women’s History Project, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609 www.wwhp.org