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By Jeanne Robinson  
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JANUARY

 

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1752

Betsy Ross was born, credited with making the first American flag

1857

M. Carey Thomas was born, pioneer in women's higher education

1793

Lucretia Mott was born, leader in the quest for women's right to vote in the U.S.

2007

Nancy Pelosi was elected the first woman Speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress

1925

Nellie Tayloe Ross was inaugurated in Wyoming as the first woman U.S. governor

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Joan of Arc was born, leader of the French army at 19 years of age

1901(circa)

Zora Neale Hurston was born, author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

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1870

The first issue of "Woman's Journal" was published by Lucy Stone and her husband

1859

Carrie Chapman Catt was born, leader in the quest for women's right to vote in the U.S.

1797

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born, famous German poet, featured on 20 mark bill until euro replaced mark

300 B.C. (circa)
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Agnodice was born, Greek woman who dressed as a man in order to study and practice medicine; helped change Athenian law to allow women to be doctors

1935

Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland when she landed in Oakland, CA

1884 or 1886

Sophie Tucker was born, singer and entertainer, called herself "The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas"

1976

"The Bionic Woman" television show premiered, starring Lindsay Wagner

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2006

Michelle Bachelet was elected Chile's first woman president

2006

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as Liberia's first woman president, and the first woman head of state of an African nation

1829

Catherine Booth was born, co-founder of the Salvation Army; women's rights advocate who believed in woman's right to preach

1910

Valentina Grizodubova was born, Russian aviator who, with 2 other women, broke the women's long-distance flying record in 1938

1943

Janis Joplin was born, first woman rock 'n roll star

1872

Julia Morgan was born, first woman licensed architect in CA; designed Hearst Castle

1956

Geena Davis was born, actress, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Accidental Tourist" in 1988

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2001

Dr. Condoleezza Rice became first woman U.S. National Security Advisor, serving President George W. Bush

1918

Gertrude Elion was born, biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988, first woman in National Inventor's Hall of Fame (1991)

1862

Edith Wharton was born, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

1890

Nellie Bly (real name Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman), journalist, completed her around-the-world trip in 72 days, beating fictional character Phileas Fogg

1892

Bessie Coleman was born, first black woman pilot in the world

1964

Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Republican, began her campaign for U.S. President; first woman considered for nomination by a major party; first woman to serve in both Houses of Congress

1908

Julia Ward Howe became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts & Letters, for her song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

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1881

Alice Evans was born, scientist who discovered the cause of undulant fever in 1917, which helped establish milk pasteurization laws

 

Woman Peerage Day in England, commemorating the day the House of Lords was opened to women in 1958

1923

Carol Channing was born, actress and entertainer, won a Tony for "Hello, Dolly!" in 1964


 

 
Copyright 2008 Jeanne Robinson