Giveaway: Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History Pillow

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When we saw this pillow cover from Canadian arts, craft and design company Sarah Smile we fell MADLY IN LOVE with its WYSKiness and quickly snatched one up for our office. Then we thought, “Why not get two, so we can give one away to a WYSK reader?” So we did!

Now is your chance to enter to win your very own Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History throw pillow. There is ONLY one way to enter and it COULD NOT BE EASIER… all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.

Giveaway entries must be posted in the comments section below by Monday, March 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm (EST). One winner will be selected at random. Winner will receive the pillow cover with a pillow insert included.


About The Pillow Cover:

Pillow DetailHandmade in Canada of hemp and organic cotton that are grown, harvested and manufactured in an ecologically and socially responsible way, the Sarah Smile Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History pillow cover is ivory (natural, undyed). To give it a pop of color – one that just so happens to bear a striking resemblance to our official brand color – we had its WYSKy mantra printed in a rich teal.

The fabric is beautiful and the type that only gets better with wear and age. The cover measures 18×18 and has an envelope back.

There’s even a lovely lavender sachet sewn to the back of the pillow cover, an unexpected surprise and a Sarah Smile signature design detail.

About The Woman Behind It: Sarah Walker – Artist/Designer

Sarah WalkerWoman You Should Know Sarah Walker studied Interior Design at The International Academy of Design in Toronto. Over the years she has implemented her exceptional design skills within numerous fine residences throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Following these hectic years of successful residential design; Sarah decided to pursue her dream of an artist’s life in the country. She chose the inspirational surroundings of Wasaga Beach, Ontario and made the move in 2009.

Inspired by the nature that surrounds her and her travels abroad, she expresses her exquisite design sensibility in the form of original art works, luxe cushions, and insanely popular art and photo blocks. See what else makes Sarah smile here.

Be sure to check out the entire line of great Sarah Smile pillow covers at the brand’s Etsy shop.

  • Elizabeth M

    This pillow case is awesome! I love this website, you guys do great work!

  • Connie DiSanto

    Love the pillow!

    American Quarterly” in 1976 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The statement used the word “seldom” instead of “rarely” or “never”: 1

    Well-behaved women seldom make history; …
    In 1976 Ulrich was a student at the University of New Hampshire, and she earned her Ph.D. in History there in 1980.

  • LRB

    enter me!

  • Carol

    This belongs on my sofa!

  • Casey

    Love the pillow! 🙂

  • Thank you for your amazing work!

  • Jenny B

    Love it, want it, need it!

  • Kat T

    enter me please.

  • a good idea and choice. i think it’s awesome i would love to display the pillow on my bed.

  • Kathleen Neville

    Brilliant– Love it!!

  • Love it! Me want!!!!

  • Anna D

    words to live by. i want this!

  • Meghan

    So neat and pretty 🙂 it’d be perfect on my bed!

  • I too would like to check my luck.

  • I love the saying, yet it intrigues me as well. Are you saying that in order for anyone to make a statement they also must have a NAUGHTY side as well????

    • The WYSK Team

      On the contrary Kim.

      The original version of this phrase that has become part of pop culture was actually authored by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a historian of early America and the history of women and a university professor at Harvard University. Her exact words were, “Well-behaved women seldom make history…”

      The article containing her exact phrase was titled “Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735″. The goal of the paper and much of Ulrich’s work was the recovery of the history of women who were not featured in history books of the past. She was interested in highlighting the lives of ordinary women who were considered “well-behaved” or “vertuous” (another spelling of virtuous).

      So the woman behind the phrase was on a mission to tell the untold stories of important women from history (because they were rarely told). That’s why we love this phrase so much because it’s exactly our goal… to tell the untold stories of ordinary women who are doing really important things, yet rarely get recognized and almost never make news headlines.

  • JA

    Of a book she wrote later on using her own phrase – Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History – as its title, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich explains, “Some history-making is intentional; much of it is accidental. People make history when they scale a mountain, ignite a bomb, or refuse to move to the back of the bus. But they also make history by keeping diaries, writing letters, or embroidering initials on linen sheets. History is a conversation and sometimes a shouting match between present and past, though often the voices we most want to hear are barely audible.”

    That’s why I love WYSK… they tell the stories that typically don’t get told by the media, but they are the inspirational stories we should all hear.

  • This has been my motto for about forty years!

  • Carrie Lynn Bailey

    My daughter needs this for her dorm room as she heads off to college 🙂

  • Michelle McCormick

    Love this!

  • Kamee Verdrager

    I’d love this pillow. A friend sent me a card when I filed my gender discrimination lawsuit against my employer and the phrase has always helped to remind me that I am not alone.

  • Courtney

    LOVE the pillow!

  • Sheena Myers

    Love it! Very inspiring! Would love to win it! Thanks for the easy entry & opportunity! 😀

  • Charlene Kaye

    I would love to have the pillow it is the motto for my life!

  • Harriet

    Everything about this pillow cover says me! It matches my sofa…it compliments what I stand for…and the phrase will be words to live by day in and day out!

  • This statement up lifts every women in the world to not stand for the normal and believe in themselves
    and take chance and risk in there live for we women are a great power and a force in this world.
    charzette torrence

  • Elizabeth

    It’s a good thing I’m not so well-behaved. 🙂

  • The WYSK Team



  • Great pillow and sooooo true.

  • Tara

    Sorry I missed this give away!! Pillow looks awesome.

  • Tara

    Sorry I missed this give away!! Pillow looks awesome.