This website, and the associated book, are dedicated to every woman who’s ever broken through a barrier, violated a taboo, or overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve what seemed impossible, but was merely difficult . . . without even breaking a nail, or whining about it if she did.

Scrappy from the Start

Written by: Linda Holroyd

Family rumor has it that my mom married my dad as a ticket to America for both herself and her brothers and their families. Whether or not it is true, we find ourselves decades later, all acculturated and productive and full-fledged Americans.

My parents debated about whether my dad should come first to America, to earn money to send for my mom and the four kids. My mom won out and the family, including mom, dad, Continue reading

Margaret “Ketch” Root

Written by: Lise Stampfli Torme

Margaret “Ketch” Root

An inspiration, a generous friend and a beloved family member

1947— 2012

Early years:

Margaret was born and grew up in the tight knit community of Maple Falls Washington. A precocious and independent child she loved swimming at the local Y, and fishing for Continue reading