Women’s History Series


Shirley Sherrod says Kiss My Non-Racist BeeHind

So on the day she was “fired” (asked to resign by USDA Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook after a series of phone calls telling her to pull over and write her resignation on her Blackberry

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I Wish I Could Follow my own Convictions

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) is one of my favorite subjects because she was a paradox in the truest form – ‘practice what I preach, not what I do.’ She was the second of six children born in London. Her father was a violent drunk. Her mother was reportedly so submissive, Mary took on the stronger maternal […]

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15 Minutes of Fame in 15 Months

Annie Londonderry, that she made a wager of $5000 that she would bike around the world in 15 months.

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The Power of a Dream

In 1967, dancer Marta Beckett (1924) and her husband of five years were touring in California and decided to spend a few days camping in Death Valley. A fateful flat tire sent them to the desolate town of Death Valley Junction, where, from the 1920s t…o the 1940s, it served as the headquarters of the […]

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We Believe Betsy Ross

In March 1870, William Canby, the grandson of seamstress Betsy Ross submitted a paper to the Pennsylvania Historical Society recounting a secret meeting by Continental Congress representatives – George Washington, Robert Morris and Colonel George Ross in 1776 – asking Betsy to sew a newly designed flag for the colonies. However, she has never been […]

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Exceptional Woman Disses? You Decide.

d Marion Mahony Griffin, the first women licensed architect worked as an employee to Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright would later disparage Mahony’s contribution. She tells of Wright ordering a series of sketches from her resulting in “a revolutionary design…” which she later saw Wright claim as his own as he resold it to a later […]

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The Sad Truth about Sacagawea

The truth about Sacagawea is instead the story of a young teenager, forced into slavery and marriage at just 13 by a Canadian trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who purchased her from the Hidatsa tribe after she was kidnapped along with four other girls a year earlier from the Shoshone tribe where her father was chief.

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WHEN WOMEN MEANT IT: Killed by the King’s Horse for Women’s Rights

At one time or another, many of us have had a friend like Emily Wilding Davison.

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Seneca Falls Convention’s 11 Resolutions

Seneca Falls 11 Resolutions at written by Stanton.  #9, asking for women’s suffrage challenged even Mott, “Why, Lizzie, thee will make us ridiculous.” Stanton refused to submit. “But I persisted, for I saw clearly that the power to make the laws was the right through which all other rights could be secured.” Former slave Frederick […]

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"Unbought and Unbossed" – The Story of Shirley Chisholm

She hired only women in her congressional office, 50% were white. She once said, “Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.” In 1972, she became the first women to run for the Democratic presidential nomination against George McGovern. She had a diverse base, but knew she would most likely lose. She didn’t do it to win the presidential election. “Chisholm said she ran for the office “in spite of hopeless odds… to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.”‘

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Before Rosa, There was Ida

“I refused, saying that the forward car was a smoker, and as I was in the ladies’ car, I proposed to stay. . . [The conductor] tried to drag me out of the seat, but the moment he caught hold of my arm I fastened my teeth in the back of his hand. I had braced my feet against the seat in front and was holding to the back……” He…and another man succeeded in dragging me out.” – Ida B. Wells 1884

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On this MLK Day, Remember to Honor His Mother

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”

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Google Doodle: Shakuntala Devi

What you haven’t heard about the remarkable Shakuntala Devi is about her marriage to Paritosh Banerji, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service in the 1960s that ended in divorce in 1979.

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FROM THE VAULT: “Ain’t I a Woman?”

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?

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Madame Curie Treated like a floozie, not a brilliant scientist

In 1903, Madame Curie was honored with her first Nobel Prize in Physics, shared by her husband Pierre and French Physicist Henri Becquerel, “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel.”

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