Women of the Century Nomination

Sarah dressed in a 1930s dress and apron doing the "In the Kitchen With Laura"
In the Kitchen with Laura in Missouri

I just nominated Laura Ingalls Wilder for the USA TODAY Women of the Century list.

Here is my 100 word or less (cut it to 99).

Laura Ingalls Wilder had an influence on the popular culture. She encouraged people to be brave and to continue on even when they are scared. To do what you have to do even against the odds. Her writing was a staple for classrooms for decades. Even people who haven’t read her books or seen the TV productions based on them associate Laura with American history and often reference her when they talk about history. It’s a good thing that the picture of American history we have is a female girl and her family rather than a bunch of generals.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  Facebook,  Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.