About the fumbling feminist…

My name is Katie Young-Caldwell and I hail from the small Kentucky town of Madisonville.  Born and raised in the same town that my parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were born and raised.  In fact, when I once asked my Dad what our ancestry was, he patted me on the back and said, “We’re just Kentuckian, babe.”  And that was that.

I attended Austin Peay State University and majored in Sociology and minored in vocal music.  In my 4th year of college I re-met my husband (we grew up in the same town together, though were never really friends).  We got married at the tender age of 24.  My Mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and shortly after we married, we moved home full-time (we were previously living in Indiana) to be with her.  She passed away from lung cancer in 2004.  I miss her terribly and hope to carry her legacy of light and love everywhere I go.

Joe and I have now been married for 7 years.  We have traveled all over the country together and are now settled in Honolulu, Hawaii.  We have lived in Indiana, Kentucky, Hawaii, California, Colorado and even spent a short 5 months living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  I am so fortunate that my partner loves to travel as much as I do.  This is our 2nd time living in Honolulu and we are thrilled to return to our gorgeous island oasis.  I adore this island; the racial diversity, the beautiful Polynesian culture(s), the weather and the extreme physical beauty of the island itself.  I know how lucky I am to live in such a magical place.

I am a musician, albeit just an amateur.  I love to sing and play guitar and am learning the ukulele.  I am a die-hard runner (and all-around exercise nut!) and just completed my 2nd marathon.  I am a girlie girl in the sense that I love fashion and have a borderline dangerous obsession with dresses, but I think my Kentucky roots can also take over because I love to hike, camp, get dirty and drink whiskey.  🙂

For the past several years I have been working with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.  It has changed me completely and I have vowed to make working with women my life’s goal.  I hope to enter the University of Hawaii Women’s Studies graduate program in Fall of 2011.



  1. Sarah said,


    What a great site. Would love to hear more about your thoughts on feminism though and how it effect you on a daily basis. But am LOVING this concept! BTW….I think you should consider writing a book. I mean it.

  2. Arla Bunker said,

    Katie, your blog is really interesting and I appreciate your invitation to participate. Sorry, I have been so busy but I look forward to reading more of the information on your links when I have some free time, especially what the other bloggers have to say. Great idea!

    • katiemcaldwell said,

      Thanks for reading, Arla! I so appreciate you taking the time to do so…I really want intelligent women like yourself to help inform others! 🙂

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