It seems that the little ditty “Mary had a Little Lamb” was written by a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale, in the year 1830. She was inspired by seeing a small girl being followed to school by a pet lamb. Hale also founded the first national women’s magazine, a periodical called Godey’s Ladies Book. Hale worked successfully to get Thanksgiving recognized as a national holiday. Lincoln was the pres who made it so. Yet another woman who has changed our world, subtly and with grace.
Another note: I’m going with a December Divas idea for posts this month. If you have a favorite historic or recent diva, famous, or hardly known about, like Sarah, that you love and would be of interest let me know. Would love to post about her, with links, of course. Elegant or off-the-wall divas welcome. No limits.