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By Jeanne Robinson  
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MARCH

 
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1987

The first observation of National Women's History Month in the U.S.

1831

Metta Victor was born, writer of the 1st detective novel in U.S. in 1864

1962

Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born, winner of 6 Olympic medals in track and field

1917

Jeannette Rankin was sworn in as the first woman member of the U.S. Congress

1931

Geraldyn (Jerrie) Cobb was born, the first woman to pass the test for astronaut training (1959) although she was not allowed to train

1791

Anna Claypoole Peale was born, a painter who specialized in portrait miniatures

2010

Kathryn Bigelow became the 1st woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, for "The Hurt Locker"

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1908

International Women's Day celebrated as a day to honor women and their contributions

1976

First women cadets at West Point Military Academy admitted

1952

Dr. Maria Telkes was notified that she won the first Achievement Award from the Society of Women Engineers

1993

Janet Reno was confirmed as first woman U.S. Attorney General

1877

Annette Abbott Adams was born, first woman to be U.S. Attorney (1918), Asst. U.S. Attorney General (1920), and appellate justice (1942)

1986

Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races in Alaska

1923

Diane Arbus was born, famous and influential photographer

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1905

Margaret Webster was born, first woman to direct at the Metropolitan Opera House and founder of American Repertory Theater

1883

Susan Hayhurst, M.D. became the first woman to graduate from pharmacy college in the U.S.

 

1863

Anna Wessels Willaims, M.D. was born, helped create diptheria vaccine in 1894

1964

Bonnie Blair was born, speed skater, won 5 Olympic gold medals

1989

Midori Ito, from Japan, won the World Championship in Ladies Figure Skating; first woman to land a triple axel in international competition (1988)

1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe's book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published

1905

Phyllis McGinley was born, winner of the Pulitzer prize in poetry in 1961

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1638

Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the U.S. for expressing her religious beliefs

1857

Fannie Farmer was born, first person to standardize measurements in cooking; compiled the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" (1896)

1912

Dorothy Height was born, served as President of the National Council of Negro Women from 1957 to 1998

1934

Gloria Steinem was born, feminist, founder of "Ms." magazine in 1971, journalist and author

1964

"Funny Girl" opened on Broadway, starring actress Barbra Streisand

1454 (circa)

Jeanne Hachette was born, saved her city, Beauvais, France, in 1472 by attacking invaders' flag-bearer and lifting her people's morale

1952

Tenley Albright won the U.S.Figure Skating Championship, and went on to win it the next 4 years, too

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1918

Pearl Bailey was born, singer and actress, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988

1863

Mary Whiton Calkins was born, important psychologist, studied at Harvard as a "guest," but was refused a degree because she was a woman

1776

Abigail Adams, First Lady, wrote to her husband John, "Remember the Ladies" urging equality for women

       


 

 
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