Portrait Monument  
By Jeanne Robinson  
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DECEMBER

 
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1955

Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus, setting off civil rights protests

1923

Maria Callas was born, opera singer, called "La Divina"

1842

Ellen Swallow Richards was born, the first woman to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and its first woman instructor

1865

Edith Cavell was born, English nurse, helped Allied soldiers escape during WWI, executed by the Germans

1822

Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz was born, educator, first president of Radcliffe College in 1894

1927

Patsy Mink was born, first Japanese-American woman in U.S. Congress in 1965

1941

First Lt. Annie Fox, army nurse, was the first service woman to directly receive the purple heart, for her actions during the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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(exact date unknown)

Fanny Cochrane Smith was born in Australia, made the only know recordings of Tasmanian Aboriginal song and speech in 1899 and 1903

1972

Helen Reddy's song "I Am Woman" rose to #1 on the Billboard record chart

1830

Emily Dickinson was born, great American poet

1863

Annie Jump Cannon was born, astronomer, developed system of classification of stars

1835

Sarah Ingersoll Cooper was born, educator, active in the kindergarten movement, opened the first free kindergarten west of the Rocky Mountains

1818

Mary Todd Lincoln was born, First Lady 1861 - 1865

1961

The President's Commission on the Status of Women was established to review and make recommendations about women's equality and discrimination

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1913

Muriel Rukeyser was born, poet and writer

1775

Jane Austen was born, author of "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice"

1760

Deborah Sampson was born, fought in the Revolutionary Army disguised as a man

1888

Dame Gladys Cooper was born, actress, first acted in 1906, and her last film was "My Fair Lady" in 1964

1829

Jane Cunningham Croly was born, journalist, founded General Federation of Women's Clubs (1890), pen name Jennie June

1928

The Ethyl Barrymore Theater opened in New York, named after the actress

1767

Phillis Wheatley's first poem was published when she was 14 years old; first black woman to publish a poem

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1880

Aline Bernstein was born, theater designer

1867

"Madam" C.J. Walker was born, cosmetics entrepreneur, first black woman self-made millionaire

1941

Helen Cassiani, army nurse 2nd Lt., received a commendation for her courageous actions during a Japanese air attack in Manila

1821

Clara Barton was born, founded the American Red Cross, teacher, acted as nurse on the Civil War battlefield

1954

Susan Butcher was born, 4-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

1901

Marlene Dietrich was born in Germany, actress and singer

1894

Burnita Shelton Matthews was born, first woman federal district judge in 1949, served in Washington D.C.

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1721 (circa)

Madame de Pompadour was born, courtesan and mistress to King Louis XV of France

1889

Peggy Hull was born, journalist, first American woman to get press credentials from the U.S. War Dept., covered WWI and WWII

1878 (circa)

Elizabeth Arden was born, cosmetics entrepreneur, known for always wearing pink

       


 

 
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