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By Jeanne Robinson  
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1776

Sophie Germain was born in France, accomplished mathematician, first woman to attend sessions at the Institut de France

1931

Jackie Mitchell, 17 years old, pitched an exhibition baseball game and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; first woman to play professional baseball (minor league)

1934

Jane Goodall was born, world authority on chimpanzees

1928

Maya Angelou was born, poet, author, actress

1911

The 7 unidentified victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City were honored in a procession

1911

Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate was born, English music composer

1944

Julia Miller Phillips was born, first woman producer to win Best Picture Academy Award, in 1973 for "The Sting"

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1827

Barbara Bodichon was born, artist, writer, women's rights activist

1939

Marian Anderson sang a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let her sing at Constitution Hall

1882

Frances Perkins was born, first female cabinet member in the U.S.; Secretary of Labor in 1933

1941

Ellen Goodman was born, newspaper columnist, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 in Journalism for Commentary

1994

Saoirse Ronan, Irish actress, was born, 5th youngest person nominated for an Oscar, for "Atonement," at age 13

1933

Ruth Bryan Owens became the first woman head of an American diplomatic mission when she was appointed envoy to Denmark

1866

Anne Sullivan was born, teacher to Helen Keller

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1930

Vigdis Finnbogadottir was born, first woman president of Iceland, 1980 to 1996

1979

Beverly Kelley, a Coast Guard Lt. junior grade, was the first woman to command an American military ship

1885

Baroness Karen Blixen (pen name, Isak Dinesen) was born in Denmark; wrote "Out of Africa" in 1937

1925

Women's World Fair celebrated its first day in Chicago; 280 booths showed women's occupations

1969

Susan Polgar was born in Hungary, became #1 women's chess player in the world at age 15

1939

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was born, became first female Prime Minister of Norway in 1981; Director-General of World Health Organization, 1998-2003

1816

Charlotte Brontë was born in England, author, wrote "Jane Eyre"

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1974

Katharine Graham, publisher, became the first woman on the Board of the Associated Press

1928

Shirley Temple Black was born, child film star, served as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslavakia

1890

The General Federation of Women's Clubs was founded in New York; 15,000 clubs joined

1990

Violeta de Chamorro was inaugurated as the first woman President of Nicaragua

1777

Sybil Ludington, 16 years old, rode 40 miles to warn American troops that the British army was attacking

1759

Mary Wollstonecraft was born, wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" in 1792

1993

The first "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" was celebrated, sponsored by the Ms. Foundation

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1925

Florence Sabin was elected the first woman to the National Academy of Sciences, medical researcher and public health advocate

1939

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was born, first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1983

         


 

 
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