Anonymous Was a Woman

My previous post on the Crossroads Quilt included the caption under the photo, “Crossroads Quilt by Anonymous.”  That brought to mind a book I had in my personal library (gazillions of quilting and knitting books, among others) with the title, “Anonymous Was a Woman.”  Says it all, doesn’t it?

Well, actually not.  I “googled” that phrase, thinking I would just include a reference to the book in the previous post.  What I found was so much more that it deserves a post of its own.

The book I had in mind,  “Anonymous Was a Woman” is by Mirra Bank and is described as “A Celebration in Words and Images of American Art and the Women Who Made It”, copyright 1979 and 1995.  Funny thing, though.  The dedication is “For Richard.”


It turns out that this phrase was first used by Virginia Woolf (1882-1942) in “A Room of One’s Own.”

But wait!  There’s more:

A program of FJC-A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, Anonymous Was A Woman, is administered by Philanthropy Advisors, a comprehensive consulting and management organization for private philanthropy. The “no strings” grants of $25,000 enables women over 35, at a critical juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow, recover from traumatic life events, and pursue their work. The financial gift helps artists buy time, space, materials, and equipment, and the award itself helps them feel worthy in their chosen pursuit.”

Maybe y’all knew about this but it was news to me.

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