The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#3)

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "pic of the week." The intent is to provoke thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

The Pic of the Week for January 20th, 2017 comes from the Library of Congress. Featured in this photo are two teenage women sharpening their fencing skills. The photo is dated May 14, 1925.


These young women exude strength, confidence, and grace. They are ready to protect and defend.

Today we inaugurate a new president after an exceedingly contentious election. Tomorrow there will be a Women's March on Washington as well as hundreds of other local marches across the country. Here is the stated Mission and Vision:

"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

I wonder if the women above had similar visions for their lives and futures.

As you look at this photograph take some time to reflect on the lives of the women in your family history. Ask yourself:

  • What did my great-grandmothers and beyond fight for?
  • How did they feel about the rights they were denied?
  • What would I want to ask the aunts and women cousins that came before me?
  • How would they feel about the march tomorrow?
  • What would they be happiest about today? Most dissappointed?

Stay safe out there tomorrow!


Do you have an old photograph with a story that you would like to share? I am happy to consider guest submissions for possible Pic of the Week posts in the future. Send an email to for more information.