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By Jeanne Robinson  
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FEBRUARY

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1978

The Harriet Tubman stamp was issued, the first stamp honoring a black woman

1905

Ayn Rand was born, author of "Atlas Shrugged," and "The Fountain-head"

1821

Elizabeth Blackwell was born, the first woman doctor in the U.S., and first woman to earn a medical degree from a U.S. college

1921

Betty Friedan was born, author of "The Feminine Mystique" in 1963, cofounder of the National Organization for Women in 1966

1848

Belle Starr was born, infamous outlaw and horse thief

1913

Mary Nicol Leakey was born, archaeologist, made many discoveries of ancient hominids, worked at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania

1867

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born, wrote "Little House on the Prairie," in 1935, when she was 65 years old

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Kate Chopin was born, wrote "The Awakening," in 1899 -- a radical book at the time

1854

Aletta Jacobs was born, first woman doctor in The Netherlands

1822

Eliza Lynn Linton was born, writer, first paid woman journalist in England

2001

Ellen McArthur set a record for a round-the-world solo sailing voyage by a woman

1990

Dr. Carmen Mary Lawrence became the first woman Premier of a state in Australia

 

1879

Sarojini Chattopadhyaya Naidu was born, poet, self-described rebel in the India Independence Movement with Gandhi

1838

Margaret E. Knight was born, inventor, patented a device to make square-bottom paper bags in 1870

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The Suffrage Monument was dedicated at the Capitol. Now, it sits in the Rotunda, and portrays Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and the Unknown Woman

1982

Agatha Barbara was elected the first female president of Malta

1870

Esther Hobart Morris became the first American woman Justice of the Peace

1922

Helen Gurley Brown was born, author of "Sex and the Single Girl," and editor of "Cosmopolitan" magazine from 1965 to 1996

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Carson McCullers was born, wrote "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" in 1940

1924

Gloria Vanderbilt was born, fashion icon

1855

Alice Freeman Palmer was born, educator and advocate for women's higher education

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1892

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born, feminist, poet, won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1923

1901

Ruth Nichols was born, aviator, set many records, starting with the first nonstop flight from New York to Miami in 1928

 

1967

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astronomer, discovered the first pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star

1896

Ida Noddack was born, scientist, discovered two elements: 43 (masurium, renamed technetium), and 75 (rhenium)

1973

Jenny Thompson was born, swimmer, won 10 Olympic medals (8 gold)

1922

U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote

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Mary Lyon was born, educator, founded Mount Holyoke College in 1837, the first of the Seven Sisters women's colleges in U.S.

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Mother Ann Lee was born, founded the Shakers religious colony in the U.S.


 

 
Copyright 2008 Jeanne Robinson