As I was handwashing sweaters today (a much dreaded activity), I thought about how women used to go to the riverbanks together to do their laundry. And as I washed alone in silence, I wondered the conversations that they would have.
As sure as I am that there were lighthearted conversations, I am equally sure there was sharing of knowledge from person to person and from generation to generation.
While I wrung my sweaters and wondered how to “lay [them] flat to dry”, I thought about those women by the riverbank sharing all they know with each other. They would have passed onto me so many ideas on how to lay my sweaters flat – ideas that were shared and tested over years washing alongside one another. And I imagined how many more innovations were shared between them.
In this modern age, innovation is still seen as coming from “eureka moment’s” by some nerdy guy in a garage. As Silicon Valley glamorous that scenario is, it feels quite soul-ness. And I wonder how differently innovation would be defined if 21st century women had our version of going to the riverbank to wash and chat and share ideas together.