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Celebrating the contributions business women have made on San Juan Island

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Celebrate Women’s History By Colleen S. Armstrong Publisher


heir footsteps echo in the corridors of history, but we rarely hear them. As a young woman living in the 21st century, I don’t often think about the sacrifices of those

who came before me. I take it for granted that I can vote, achieve my goals, survive on my own income, choose whether or not to start a family. I can dress how I please, I can voice my opinion, I can file for divorce. And on the isolated occasion that I do feel discriminated


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against because of my gender, I brush it off because it has no relevance. There will always be ignorant people in this world. It is my choice to internalize it or move on to something else. But when I pause to really consider history, I feel an earnest and intense kinship with the women who pioneered my rights decades ago. They took the real risks. They were strong in the face of challenging deep social traditions. And the shocking part – and this is true for Civil Rights as well – is that it wasn’t very long ago that our cultural fabric was based on severe restrictions to human rights. As we salute our modern business women in this special section, we also pay tribute to those who laid the way for our success. What follows is a timeline of notable events in the history of women, courtesy of Encyclopedia Brittanica. 1800 The U.S. logs the highest birth rate worldwide, 7.04 children per woman. 1833 Oberlin Collegiate Institute (later Oberlin

College) is founded in Ohio as the first American college to admit men and women on an equal basis. 1893 Largely through the efforts of suffragist Kate Sheppard, New Zealand becomes the first country to grant women the right to vote. 1900 British tennis player Charlotte Cooper wins the first women’s gold medal at the Olympics. 1904 In French law, women are no longer permanent minors. 1908 A group of women storm the British Parliament demanding suffrage. Twenty-four of them are arrested. 1909 In New York, shirtwaist factory workers go on strike. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the Women’s Trade Union League work together in support of the strike. 1911 Marie Curie is awarded the Nobel Prize for chemis-

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try for the isolation of pure radium. 1912 Juliette Gordon Low founds the Girl Guides (later Girl Scouts) in the United States. By 1927 there will be a troop in every state. 1913 Norwegian women win the right to vote. In 1915, Danish women win the right to vote. 1914 In Russia, Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya is the first female military pilot. She flies reconnaissance missions. 1917 The United States Navy hires 12,000 women as clerks in the same job classifications and for the same pay as men. This is so that it can send men overseas. 1918 Canadian and British women are granted the right to vote, although in Great Britain a woman must be over age 30. The U.S. government reports that 1.4 million women work in war industries. After World War I these women are forced out

of industrial work. 1920 The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is signed into law, giving women the right to vote. Despite death threats from the Ku Klux Klan, Mary McLeod Bethune begins a voter registration drive for African American women. The University of Oxford admits its first full-degree female students. 1945 More than six million American women who entered the workforce during World War II are pushed out of their traditionally male jobs at the war’s end. 1975 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that women cannot be excluded from juries because of their sex. 1986 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action on the basis of race or gender. 2002 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years on the throne.

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hen Wendy Pinnow was a kid, some of her favorite toys were Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. She would spend hours delicately parking, driving and re-parking her cars. “My first memory was with Matchbox cars, I had a really great collection,” Pinnow said. “Then I started working on my own cars and that was empowering, to see that I could do things I didn’t know I could do.” This childhood past time grew into a career for Pinnow, who at age 25 started M&W Auto Sales and Rentals in Friday Harbor. Her parents, Penny and Whitey Williams, who were entrepreneurs in their own right, arrived with Pinnow and her siblings to the island in 1972 and ran Lakedale Campground and then Whitey’s Food Center, later called Friday Harbor Grocery. “Since my parents were self-employed, it was a good example for us to take what we loved and turn it into a business,” Pinnow said, adding that her six other siblings who grew up on the island are now all self-employed on and off-island, each running their own shops or businesses. Pinnow, 52, said that prior to starting M&W Auto, she worked at her parent’s businesses, including running the meat counter at Whitey’s from age 19 to 25. Pinnow said people were often surprised to find a young woman working as a meat cutter. “I would be talking to a salesman and stuff like that and they would ask for the manager, and I’d say ‘That’s me!’” Pinnow said, laughing. Pinnow said that she has experienced similar situations at her car shop, with people expecting the owner or mechanic to be a man, or being surprised that she can do auto work. “Since everyone knows me here, they’ve grown to appreciate my knowledge so I get it less now. But definitely there was a time when people were very stereotyping,” Pinnow said. “And now, people who don’t know me, like tourists, will still do it. They never assume the mechanic is me.”

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Over time, Pinnow said that she has noticed people being more accepting of women running their own businesses, and encourages anyone to do it. For herself, the process was slow and organic as her business grew and figured out what it needed to flourish for more than 27 years to its current state. “I really believe that a woman can do whatever she wants if she puts her mind to it,” Pinnow said. “You really can do anything. Start slowly with confidence and just keep moving forward, keep growing.” Pinnow’s daughter Melisa Pinnow also grew up on the island, and is now going to The Evergreen State College to study marine biology. During the summer she works on the islands doing whale research.

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Artwork at Arctic Raven has sense of place, heritage A By Anna V. Smith Journal reporter

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n artist’s final product is an aggregate of themselves, their method and oftentimes their surroundings. This is especially true at Arctic Raven Gallery, a fine art gallery that features work from Arctic and Northwest Coast Native Americans. Many pieces have a story attached to them whether it’s from the artist, the tribe or the medium, like the fossilized woolly mammoth tooth pendants or whale bone sculptures. Manager Julie Vouri said a unique part to the job is the opportunity to educate people on Native art and their process, which draws from time-honored methods of carving, sculpting and painting. “This art is so informed by place, and where they live,” said Vouri. “Some of this art is third and fourth generation, so they’ve been learning from their parents, uncles, elders and it’s been passed on from generation to generation, so there is

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definitely a sense of longevity.” Vouri, who previously worked as a writer and editor for 30 years and has lived on San Juan Island for the last ten years, said she was first drawn to work at

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the gallery out of an interest in Northwest Coast art. “This is my first experience in a gallery,” Vouri said. “Lee Brooks has owned the gallery for about 20 years, and is very knowledgeable, so I thought I could get an education as well.” Display Designer Jacke Vautrin has lived and worked on San Juan Island for the past nine years off and on, while also working at galleries and museums in Seattle including Seattle Arts Commission, the Henry Art Gallery and Greg Kucera’s Secondary Market Gallery. Vautrin, whose background is in horticulture

and art, said that art pieces found at Arctic Raven Gallery and informed by the place the artists live and uses place-based materials like cedar, argillite, bone, walrus ivory and soapstone. In turn, the art mirrors the people and animals found in those environs. “It’s so resourceful; whatever is there is what they work with,” Vautrin said. “For me, I really enjoy and appreciate the stonework like the Cape Dorset serpentine pieces. The carving is so wonderful.” The gallery is host to a number of artists who are See GALLERY, Page 6

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home is more than just a large financial investment. It can also be a place of tremendous emotional and sentimental investment as well. When homeowners need to be absent from their properties for an extended period, it is natural to be concerned for the security and safety of their home while they are away. That’s where Island Homewatch can help. Island Homewatch can offer regular checks on your house and property, both interior and exterior, to assure that everything is functioning properly and the home is secure. Regular checks can potentially discover any problem before it becomes a major problem; whether it be leaking roof, windows, appliances or plumbing, pest infiltration or damage, storm damage, or appliance failure. Reports will be filed with the homeowner after every check. Any problem discovered will be photographed and immediately brought to the homeowner’s attention. If a repair should be necessary, Island Homewatch can find the correct, licensed contractor and oversee the repair. Island Homewatch can also be the local responder for your security alarm company. Margie and Allan Smith sailed up here to the San Juan Islands in 1978 on their home-built sailboat from Napa, Calif. They bought property and built their own home in 1981. Two boys and three grandchildren later, they still live in the same home and understand the importance of personal property. Both have worked in the trades here on the island for more than 37 years; Margie as a cabinetmaker and Allan as a carpenter. It was through several client’s request that Margie first began Homewatch services about 10 years ago. We are now a licensed, bonded, and insured Home Watch business able to meet the individual needs of any homeowners who need to be away from their properties for an extended time. Seasonal residents, vacationing homeowners, absentee homeowners, or property investors could all benefit from the peace of mind knowing that someone is watching their home while they are away.

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When not doing house checks, Margie is working in her cabinet shop building custom cabinets and furniture. After working for two different cabinet shops here on the island, Margie opened her own shop in 1989. She builds custom cabinet for kitchens, baths, entertainment centers, offices, and local business displays. The best part of the job is working with the client to come up with a design that will fulfill their needs in function and beauty. In these days of readily available pre-made cabinets from large box stores, a custom cabinet shop can still meet the needs for those unique situations that take the individual attention to details and design. Hoot Creek Homecraft has a website that displays many of Margie’s creations for the past 25 years.

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Continued from page 4 related, and Vautrin points out a rattle, mask and carving made by a brother, father and uncle. The familial links seem to give the works extra depth and emotion, as similar styles can be detected in the methods passed down through generations, as well as departures from traditional art forms or abstracted versions that use different shapes,

colors and mediums. One of Vouri’s current favorite sculptures is “Woman” by Edwin Noongwook, an Alaskan Yupik artist. The woman, dressed in simple clothing with an unsmiling expression, is carved from a single whale bone. “Some of the artists doing sculptures and carving, they can get such expression and movement through such a simple piece like that,” Vouri said.

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Women in the news By Colleen Smith Armstrong Publisher


he National Women’s History Museum created an online exhibit entitled “Women with a Deadline: Female Printers, Publishers, and Journalists from the Colonial Period to World War I.”

The following highlights excerpts from the exhibit, which can be found at www. nwhm.org. Some of the information was also taken from the New York State Library (www.nysl.nysed. gov/). Women have been integral to the development of

printing and journalism in North America since the earliest settlers landed in the New World. Less than two hundred years after Johannes Gutenberg’s 1450 introduction of the printing press, Elizabeth Glover crossed the Atlantic, bringing the

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Continued from page 6 typesetters, journalists and carved wooden engravings for illustration. In 1738, following the death of her publisher husband, Elizabeth Timothy became the first female newspaper publisher and editor in America. She operated the “South Carolina Gazette” in partnership with Benjamin Franklin, who had owned that press. Female journalists were among the first to record,

comment on, and publicize the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. At the beginning of the 19th century, women were encouraged to submit their writing from home and to use pseudonyms. Nevertheless, determined women sought a place in this traditional male domain beyond the society pages of newspapers. The Civil War opened many new opportunities to women, including jobs in mainstream journalism. By 1879, women comprised 12 percent of the journalists credentialed for

Thank you to all the women who made this section possible this year. - Journal staff


admittance to the press galleries in the United States Capitol. In the early 20th century, newspaper tycoons Hearst and Pulitzer understood that many new readers of their penny papers were young female factory workers or domestic servants, and the two publishing magnates hired women to write for their papers. In 1937, Anne O’Hare McCormick was the first woman in “New York Times” history to sit on the

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editorial board. In 1958, Judith Crist was named drama critic of the “New York Herald Tribune,” the first woman to hold such a title for a major daily. In the early 1960s, she became editor of the arts and editor film critic. Mary McGrory first joined the staff of the “Washington Star” in 1947 as a book reviewer. In 1975 she became the first woman to win a Pulitzer for commentary for her series of columns about the Watergate scandal.

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