March

DateEvent
03-01-1987The first observation of National Women's History Month in the U.S.
03-02-1831Metta Victor was born, writer of the 1st detective novel in U.S. in 1864
03-03-1962Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born, winner of 6 Olympic medals in track and field
03-04-1917Jeannette Rankin was sworn in as the first woman member of the U.S. Congress
03-05-1931Geraldyn (Jerrie) Cobb was born, the first woman to pass the test for U.S. astronaut training (1959) although she was not allowed to train
03-06-1791Anna Claypoole Peale was born, a painter who specialized in portrait miniatures
03-07-2010Kathryn Bigelow became the 1st woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for "The Hurt Locker"
03-08-1908International Women's Day celebrated as a day to honor women and their contributions
03-09-1976First women cadets were admitted at West Point Military Academy
03-10-1952Dr. Maria Telkes was notified that she won the first Achievement Award from the Society of Women Engineers
03-11-1993Janet Reno was confirmed as first woman U.S. Attorney General
03-12-1877Annette Abbott Adams was born, first woman to be U.S. Attorney (1918), Asst. U.S. Attorney General (1920), and appellate justice (1942)
03-13-1986Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races in Alaska
03-14-1923Diane Arbus was born, famous and influential photographer
03-15-1905Margaret Webster was born, first woman to direct at the Metropolitan Opera House and founder of the American Repertory Theater
03-16-1883Susan Hayhurst, M.D. became the first woman to graduate from pharmacy college in the U.S.
03-17-1863Anna Wessels Willaims, M.D. was born, helped create diptheria vaccine in 1894
03-18-1964Bonnie Blair was born, speed skater, won 5 Olympic gold medals
03-19-1989Midori Ito, from Japan, won the World Championship in Ladies Figure Skating; first woman to land a triple axel in international competition (1988)
03-20-1852Harriet Beecher Stowe's book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published
03-21-1905Phyllis McGinley was born, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1961
03-22-1638Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the U.S. for expressing her religious beliefs
03-23-1857Fannie Farmer was born, first person to standardize measurements in cooking; compiled the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" (1896)
03-24-1912Dorothy Height was born, served as President of the National Council of Negro Women from 1957 to 1998
03-25-1934Gloria Steinem was born, feminist, founder of "Ms." magazine in 1971, journalist and author
03-26-1964"Funny Girl" opened on Broadway, starring actress Barbra Streisand
03-27-1454(@date) Jeanne Hachette was born, saved her city, Beauvais, France, in 1472 by attacking invaders' flag-bearer and lifting her people's morale
03-28-1952Tenley Albright won the U.S.Figure Skating Championship, and went on to win it the next 4 years
03-29-1918Pearl Bailey was born, singer and actress, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988
03-30-1863Mary Whiton Calkins was born, psychologist, studied at Harvard as a "guest," but was refused a degree because she was a woman
03-31-1776Abigail Adams, First Lady, wrote to her husband John, "Remember the Ladies," urging equality for women