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    Women's History - June 14th

1811 - Harriet Beecher Stowe was born today. She went on to become a famous writer. While she wrote at least ten adult novels, she is predominantly known for her first “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, begun as a serial for the Washington anti-slavery weekly called the “National Era”. It focused public interest on the issue of slavery and was very controversial. Stowe relied on her personal experience of slavery, the anti-slavery movement, and the underground railroad in her writings. She had seven children (of which only 3 survived).

Source: http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/life/


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    Women's History - June 15th

1861 - Ernestine Rossler Schumann-Heink was born today in Leiben (near Prague). At age 15, she sang the contralto part in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and subsequently went on to be known as “the world’s greatest contralto.” She sang in “oratorios” and concerts in Berlin, Sweden, Norway and London.      

source: http://www.cantabile-subito.de/Contraltos/Schumann-Heink__Ernestine/hauptteil_schumann-heink__ernestine.html


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    Women's History - June 16th

1963 - Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space today. Here's more about her great accomplishments as an astronaut.

http://www.astronautix.com/astros/terhkova.htm


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    Women's History - June 17th

1971 - Jeanne M. Holm becomes the first woman brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force. She was subsequently promoted to major general in 1973.

Source: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/m.gratton/Ladies%201st%20-%20J.htm


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    Women's History - June 18th

918 - The warrior queen, Aethelflaed, (the Mercian leader) died today. She was the daughter of Alfred the Great and sister of Edward “the Elder” king of Wessex (ruled 899-924). Her husband, Aethelred (King of Mercia) died in battle with the Danes and she became the political and military ruler of the Mercians. She captured the Danes at Derby and invaded Wales.

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    Women's History - June 19th

1945 - Aung San Sun Kyi was born today in Rangoon. She went on to become a Burmese activist and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

Source: http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-bio.html


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    Women's History - June 20th

1930 - Magdalena Abakanowicz was born today in Poland (near Warsaw) to a family that traced its heritage back to Genghis Khan. She went on to become a sculptor, whose work often reflected the emotional heritage of her political environment. Her work is in many major museums.

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Abakanowicz - sculpture called "Space of Unknown Growth"

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    Women's History - June 21st

1953 - Benazir Bhutto was born today in Karachi. Educated at Harvard University and Oxford, she went on to serve as Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988-1990 and 1993 - 1996, becoming the first female leader of a Muslim country in the modern world.

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    Women's History - June 22nd

1906 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born today in Englewood, New Jersey USA. After graduating from Smith College, she won the Mary Augusta Jordan Prize for the most original literary piece and the Elizabeth Montagu Prize for the best essay on women of the 18th Century. She also composed novels, essays and diaries. She later married aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and began flying. She became the first woman in the U.S. to obtain a glider pilot license. Subsequently, she received her private pilot’s license and covered 30,000 miles over five continents. She became the first woman to receive the National Geographic Society Hubbard Gold Medal for her piloting and navigational skills. She also continued to write and published 11 major works.

Source: http://www.lindberghfoundation.org/history/amlbio.html


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    Women's History - June 23rd

1763 - Josephine, Empress of France, was born today as Marie Rose Josephine Tascher de la Pagerie on the Caribbean island of Martinique to parents, Jose and Rose-Marie Tascher. She became a noted Parisian socialite after marrying Alexandre de Beauharnais, who was later guillotined and she imprisoned during the French Revolution. In 1796, she married Napoleon Bonaparte, a promising general whose rise soon made her Empress of France in 1804. She died, still popular with the public, in 1814.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9phine_de_Beauharnais



    

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    Women's History - June 24th

1936 - Today, Mary McLeod Bethune was appointed director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She becomes the first African-American woman to receive a major federal appointment. The daughter of former slaves, she devoted her life to ensuring the right to education and freedom from discrimination for black Americans.

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    Women's History - June 25th

1993 - Today, Tansu Ciller becomes the first female Prime Minister of Turkey. Political scientist at Bosphorus Univiersity in Istanbul, Professor Kemal Kirisci, wrote that, “She is probably the most Machiavellian politician Turkey has seen for a long time”...”For the sake of her goal she’ll do anything. Part and parcel of her Machiavellianism is that while she has a lot of dirty linen herself, she has dirty linen on other politicians, and does not hesitate to use it.” She retired from political life in 2002, after the election defeat in November.

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    Women's History - June 26th

1892 - One of my favorite authors (The Good Earth), Pearl S. Buck, was born today in Hillsboro, West Virginia USA, when her parents were near the end of a furlough in the United States. When she was three months old, she was taken back to China, where she spent most of the first forty years of her life. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1938.

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    Women's History - June 27th

1880 - Helen Keller was born today in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA. She was born with full sight and hearing until the age of 19 months old, when she developed a high fever and eventually became sight and hearing impaired. She was unable to communicate until she started schooling with Anne Sullivan. She went on to become a role model for millions of people and an inspiration to all by overcoming her disabilities as she worked unceasingly to bring awareness and improve the lives of people who were blind and deaf. She played a leading role in most of the significant social, political and cultural movements of the 20th Century. I am sure that everyone is familiar with the movie, The Miracle Worker, which is based on the true story of Helen Keller.

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    Women's History - June 28th

Today, I'm going to write about two very important events which occurred regarding women in the U.S. military.

1976 - Today, for the first time, women entered the U.S. Air Force Academy. The first class with women graduated in May 1980 and were nicknamed “80's Ladies”. However, it has not been an easy battle for women at the Academy. Twelve percent of women who graduated from the Academy in 2003 reported to have been victims of rape (or attempted rape), and it is estimated that about 20% of all women students were victims. Sexual predation was primarily directed toward freshmen and sophomores who were under 21 years of age.



1996 - South Carolina military school, The Citadel, votes to admit women rather than turn down public funding.   Once an all-male military academy, The Citadel ended its opposition to enrolling female cadets with the U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled that all-male enrollment policy at the Virginia Military Institute (another state supported school) was unconstitutional. The Citadel decision ends the 1993 controversy when high school student, Shannon Faulkner, won admission to the school by deleting from her school transcripts any reference to her gender. Once the school found out she was a female, they withdrew the admission offer, and Faulkner filed suit. Even though she won the lawsuit and was admitted, she left shortly thereafter due to heavy stress and isolation she experienced. The male cadets made life almost impossible for her and the few other female cadets who had been admitted as well.

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     Women's History - June 29th

1930 - Oriana Fallaci was born today in Italy. She went on to become a famous journalist and was named Italy's most celebrated female writer. She is best known as an uncompromising political interviewer. Los Angeles Times writer Elizabeth Mehren called her “ the journalist to whom virtually no world figure would say no.” She has interviewed international celebrities and world leaders such as Henry Kissinger, Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, Omar Khadafi, Yasir Arafat, Nguyen Van Thieu.....to just name a few.

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    Women's History - June 30th

1980 – Today, Vigdis Finnbogadottir was elected President of Iceland and, therefore, became the first woman in the world to serve as the elected head of state. She was elected in 1980 and was re-elected in 1984 and 1988.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigdis_Finnbogadottir


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    Women's History - July 1st

1805 - Today, Armandine Aurore Lucille Dupin Dudevant was born in Paris. She was best known by her pseudonym, George Sand, and became one of the most successful female writers of the nineteenth century.

Source: http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ro-Sc/Sand-George.html



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    Women's History - July 2nd

1937 – Today is a sad day. Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared while attempting the first flight around the world. Today, at approximately midnight GMT, they took off from Lae and their destination was Howland Island. Their last positive position and sighting were over the Nukumanu Islands. To this day, US government documents concerning Earhart and her disappearance remain classified.

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    Women's History - July 3rd

1873 – Frances Stern was born today and went on to become a nutritionist. She established the Frances Stern Nutrition Center in 1918, which was the first organization of its kind in the world. Most people did not understand the principles of nutrition in the early 1900s. Stern revolutionized nutritional education by using visual aids in her instruction, as she believed it is better to show rather than tell people how much they can eat.

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