About Laurie Alice Eakes
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author with a dozen books and novellas in print and more on the way. A graduate of Asbury University with a degree in English and French, and Seton Hill University, with a masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction, she also teaches writing and gives inspirational talks to women’s groups. She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats, where she enjoys long walks, rainy days, and knitting—rather badly.
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Please welcome my good friend, Laurie Alice Eakes. She is giving a way winners choice of any one of her Midwife books. Ask Laurie Alice a question or tell us about an interesting profession for woman that you know about to be entered in the drawing.
Debbie Lynne and Laurie Alice with her
wonderful four legged boy, Nick.
The not particularly amusing joke about working women is what is the oldest profession for women. Long before I grew interested in and began to research their work and lives, I realized that that joke was not only not funny because it’s just vulgar and a dis to women, but because I think it’s just wrong.
I think midwifery was the oldest profession for women. Eve was probably a midwife first for herself and then for other women who came along.
Perhaps this mouthy response that began when I was a child is where my interest in midwives and the historic professions of women began. Perhaps the notion my teachers tried to tell me, that women were suppressed and weren’t allowed to work, made me want to prove them wrong. Yes, I am a bit of a rebel.
Whatever the reason, I began a long-term quest to discover what work women engaged in other than midwifery and prostitution. Admittedly, not many women were allowed to work. Married women had limited control over property or contracts until the end of the nineteenth century in America and later elsewhere. Women didn’t have the vote until the twentieth century except in a handful of states. Yet many women managed to find work inside and outside of the home.
“She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”
Proverbs 31: 24 KJV
This ideal women is not only a weaver for her family, but she makes enough to sell it, and she sells it to the merchant herself.
“And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.”
Judges 4:4-5 KJV