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Have you seen the new packaging for Brawny® Pick-a-Size 8 Giant Plus pack? They’re featuring women in the Strength Has No Gender™ campaign. This immediately made me think of my grandma. She was a strong woman.
She had a hard life and made it on her own without any help. She was the youngest of six kids and born a few years before the Great Depression. Her parents were poor cotton farmers who couldn’t care for all of their children. The older children stayed home to work the farm, and the youngest three children, including my grandma, were sent to live in an orphanage where they stayed until they graduated high school.
My grandma was smart as a whip and very good at math. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class, and usually the valedictorian was given a full ride scholarship to a local prestigious private college. They decided that since my grandma was just a girl, they would give the scholarship to her brother! My grandma told me this story many times. It drove her mad.
Being raised in an orphanage, my grandma had to make her way on her own. She had to teach herself to do so many things from basics like cooking to managing her own finances. She eventually did marry in her late 20s to a much older man and didn’t have her first baby until she was 30 years old. Then, in the 1950s, after having two children, she got a divorce and left her abusive marriage. Divorce was not something you did back then, nor was having a career outside of the home if you were a woman. But, my grandma pressed on.
She held her head high, and raised two little girls all by herself. One of her older sisters never married, so my grandma let her move in with her and the kids. My grandma was strong and successful and moved her way up in the male-dominated world of the IRS. She raised successful children, too. My mom worked for more than 40 years in the medical field, and her sister went on to law school.
My grandma worked her tail off and made a career at the IRS. In her twilight years, she was able to retire comfortably and enjoy life.
As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandma. We lost her my second year of college. When I think of empowered women, I often think of her. She taught me how to play cards, bake a pie made with soft drinks, and told me fascinating stories from her life — like the time a piano tuner showed up at her house and went crazy!
When I had to make the choice to leave a bad marriage with two young kids, she was who I often thought about. If my grandma could do it successfully, then so could I.
Like my grandma, everyday women across America are breaking down barriers and empowering others. To celebrate these amazing women and their strength, Brawny® is offering an exclusive to Walmart, limited-edition Strength Has No Gender™ pack.
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