Women's HerStory Month,
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31 Women, 31 Days
Women's HerStory Month, March 2008
HerStory Month, March
Museum of Women in the Arts:
artists images and biographical information including Kathe Kollwitz,
Cassatt, and Frida Kahlo.
Artist : Berthe
painter and printmaker
1874-1886 included in impressionist exhibitions
1874 her work was included with
the Société Anonyme des Artistes-Peintres, Sculpteurs,
1892 her first solo
Latina: Ana Castillo
( ) Chicago, Illinois
Chicana poet and writer Ana
Castillo was born and raised in
but has spent most of her writing career studying her Mestiza heritage.
History - Historic Figures briefly describes women and men from
different centuries, provides links to more information, timelines, and
Featured Social Reformer: Annie Besant (1847 -
Besant was a British social reformer, campaigner for women's rights and
a supporter of nationalism for the people of India. Besant and Charles
Bradlaugh published The Fruits of
Philosophy (1877), a book advocating birth control. Later, she
published her own book, The Laws of
Population, also advocating birth control. Once again, the
intolerant and the media accused her of writing an "indecent,
lewd, filthy, bawdy and obscene" book.
Besant also sought reform for the
working conditions of women and to improve the quality of schools and
the need for the disadvantaged to receive free meals and medical exams.
Day 4 Attorney
provides biographies about some of the world's most notable political
figures, scientists, criminals, inventors, presidents, queens,kings and
Featured Attorney: Belva A.
Lockwood (1830-1917), from New York
First woman allowed to practice law
before U.S. Supreme Court.
First woman to run for president in
the United States (1884) She was again nominated by the National Equal
Rights Party in 1888 to run for the office of the Presidency.
She was also the first woman to
practice law in the lower federal court system.
Day 5 Opera
Women provides brief profiles about more than 50 women who have
made a difference.
Featured Opera Singer: Marian
Anderson (1897-1993), from Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia
Growing up in racially divided
America, Marian Anderson, did not let the prejudices obstruct her
1925 she won a singing contest to
perform with the accompaniment of the Philadelphia Philharmonic
1932 segregation laws enforced by
Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. because of her race, denied her
the opportunity for her operatic performance. Instead, she
performed at the Lincoln Memorial to an appreciative audience of 75,000
1955 in acknowledgement of her
international accomplishments, she became the first black singer to
perform with the Metropolitan Opera.
Day 6 Japanese author
Women's Lives provides
more than 100 images
and descriptions of women's lives are provided at this site.
Featured Japanese author: Murasaki
Shikibu (c. 976-c. 1031), Kyoto, Japan
Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese
writer of the late Heian period. Her book, The Tale of Genji, is
considered to be the world's first true novel. Also recognized as the
world's first psychological novel. It is viewed as one of Japan's
longest and most distinguished masterpieces of literature (consisting
of 54 chapters).
Her actual name is unknown.
Daughter of Fujiwara Tamatoki, a poet and provincial governor. Was
married, but widowed with one daughter within a short span of time.
Day 7 Aviator
Women in Aviation,
History section provides a few links, but mostly one-line information
about 26 aviators.
Featured Aviator: Emily Howell
Warner (1939 to present) from Denver, Colorado
1973 became the first female pilot
hired for a scheduled U.S. passenger airline
973 was awarded the Amelia
Earhart "Woman of the Year"
1974 she became the first woman as
a member of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
1976 promoted to captain, the first
female captain for a scheduled U.S. air carrier
1983 she was inducted into Colorado
Aviation Hall of Fame
1990 she retired from United Parcel
Service (pilot of a Boeing 737) to become a Federal Aviation
1992 was inducted into the Women in
Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame
1994, Granby Public Library opens
the Emily Howell Warner Aviation Education Resource Center
1994 Colorado Senate Resolution
94-29 is passed, honoring Capt. Emily Warner for her achievements in
2000 she was inducted into the
Colorado Wings over the Rockies Museum
Day 8 Computer Science
South Asian Women Network (SAWNET)
uses internet news reports and sources to provide information about
more than a hundred South Asian women.
Featured Computer Science
Ontologist: Srinija Srinivasan (1970? to
present) born in India; raised
in Kansas, U.S.
1989 Earned the
Presidential Scholar Award, graduated from Lawrence High SchoolCollege,
Stanford University graduate, with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems
working at Yahoo! It's 3rd employee and now is known as an
Ontologist, Vice President and Editor in Chief for Yahoo! Inc.
1995 Chosen as
Newsweek's "The Net 50"
1996 Selected as
one of the "40 Under 40" by San Francisco Focus
Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute
Day 9 Ruler
of the Regions of the
World: Included are The Trung Sisters (Asia: Vietnam,ca. 40 A.D.);
Empress Wu Zetian (Asia: China: Tang Dynasty); Queen Sondok (or Sonduk)
(Asia: Korea: Silla Dynasty); Sorghaghtani Beki (Asia: Mongolia:
Genghis Khan); and Murasaki Shikibu (Lady Murasaki) (Asia: Japan: Heian
Featured Ruler: Eleanor of
Aquitaine (1122-1204) was "one of the most powerful and
personalities of feudal Europe".
age 15 She was
married to Louis VII, King of France
age 19 Helped to
organize 300 women to provide aide and care during the 2nd Crusade
age 30 First
marriage annualled (althought she bore 2 children). Married Henry, who
became King of England (she gave birth to 5 more children. 2 of whom
Known as a political advisor and
influential regarding military decisions.
Day 10 Musician and media host
Museum of the City of
Francisco: offers biographies about women and men who played a role
this California city's heritage.
Featured Musician and media host:
(1902 - 1997) from Berkeley, California
San Francisco's First Lady of Radio
Child prodigy pianist
Graduated from Berkeley High School
Toured with the renowned Duncan
Worked for KFRC - AM as a regular
on "Blue Monday Jamboree," one San Francisco's earliest and most
popular local radio programs
1939 her NBC broadcasts were part
of the Treasure Island World's Fair
1950's worked for tv station KPIX
2006 she was inducted into
the Bay Area's Radio Hall of Fame
Day 11 Athlete,
The National Cowgirl
Hall of Fame lists 149 inductees by name. Brief profiles are
for the newest inductees and for deceased honorees.
Featured Athlete, rodeo fame: Thena
Mae Farr (1927-1985) TX
Used her ranching skills to compete
in every rodeo event from barrel racing to bronc riding.
1944-45 attended Texas State
College for Women
1947 Co-created (with Nancy
Binford) to form the Tri-State All Girl Rodeo Association (GRA),
a pioneering effort to organize women as professional rodeo
1981 GRA was renamed the Women's
Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA)
1985 inducted into the National
Cowgirl Hall of Fame
Day 12 Actor, Businesswoman
Achievements: Each year the National Library celebrates
History Month in Canada by honoring the contributions of Canadian women
in developing Canada. A brief biographical sketch highlights each
woman's life and achievements. This is followed by a list of suggested
readings or works.
Featured Actor, Businesswoman: Mary
Pickford (1892-1979), from Toronto, Canada
1919 Co-founder of United Artists
1927 Co-founder (of the original
26) of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1929 Academy Award winner
Began acting at age 5 years and by
the age of ten, as an actor, she was her family's main source of income
Pay equity was important to her.
Pickford to be paid the same as her male counterparts. At one point,
she was paid the same amount as her acting contemporary, Charlie
Chaplin. Her salary peaked at $350,000 per picture.
She made hundreds of films, with
many different companies.
Her final silent film was My Best
Girl in 1927.
1929 Best Actress Oscar for
Coquette, her first "talkie" film and the first Academy Award given to
a sound film.
Who's Who of Asian
Americans Asian American Net publishes biographies of
Americans who have made significant achievements in their careers and
professional fields and those who made a difference to their
communities and the American society at large.
Featured Senator: Mee Moua (1936 to
present), from Laos, 1978 US immigrant
Senator for the State of Minnesota
Degrees from Brown University
Masters of Public Policy from
University of Texas-Austin
Law degree from the University of
At age 32 (2002) she was elected
Minnesota State Senator, first and highest ranking Hmong American
elected official in the United States.
Day 14 U.S. Senator
Who in the federal
government, a listing of elected, appointed, and working members of
Featured U.S. Senator: Barbara
Boxer (1940 to present), from Brooklyn, New York
Since 1993, US Senator from
Numerous awards for political and
1962 graduated from Brooklyn College
Supervisor for supervisor in Marin
County, California (6 years)
1983 elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives from California's Sixth District (10 years)
Day 15 Infamous Past
Notable Women Ancestors
extensive list of women. Their biographical entries are categorized
alphabetically, artists, heriones, Native Americans, politicians,
religious leaders, and survivors.
Feature Infamous Past: Mary
Butterworth (1686-1771) from Rehoboth, Massachusetts,
Infamous for her skills in creating
couterfeit currency during the early 18th Century in the Rhode Island
Mother of 7 children. Daughter of
the innkeeper of "Sign of the Black Horse"
Day 16 Physicist
Science: African Americans
in the Sciences includes an Index of Women Scientists which provides
biographical information. Also provides a list of awards, bibliography,
and other useful information.
Featured Physicist: Katherine
Johnson (1918 to present), from
Physicist, Mathematician, and
Has worked for NASA with the
tracking teams of manned and unmanned orbital missions
Worked at the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
Achievement Award, NASA's Lunar Spacecraft and Operations
Honorary Doctor of Laws, SUNY Farmindale
Virginia State College -- Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
Day 17 Palentologist
(SDSC) profiles 16 women scientists, representing many different
nationalities than span the centuries of time. Overcoming many
barriers, women have been active participants in unraveling the secrets
of science and human nature.
Featured Palentologist: Mary Anning
(1799-1847), Lyme Regis, England
Credited with finding the first
specimen of Ichthyosaurus
Discovered the first nearly
complete example of the Plesiosaurus; the first British Pterodactylus
macronyx, a fossil flying reptile; the Squaloraja fossil fish, a
transitional link between sharks and rays; and finally the Plesiosaurus
Day 18 Composer
Musicians provides links
to biographical information women musicians and their works. Also
includes links to useful music relevant sites.
Featured Composer: Ruth
Seeger (1901-1953), from Jacksonville, Florida
American female composer
1926 composed Sonata for Violin and
1930 was the first woman to win a
Guggenheim Fellowship to travel to Europe
1930 while in Berlin, composed
"Three Chants" set to a wordless text for women's chorus;
1931 composed and published String
1948 published her pioneering
collection, American Folk Songs for Children
affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis,
Missouri. These Missouri biographies are available through various
search options, including alphabetically.
Featured Chemist, Professor: Anna
Jane Harrison (1912 - 1998), from Benton City, Missouri
1940 Ph.D. in physical chemistry
from the University of Missouri
1945 began a career at at Mount
Holyoke College, Massachusettes culmulnating to the level of Professor
Emeritus of Chemistry , retired in 1979
1972-78 served on the National
1978 the first woman president of
the American Chemical Society
1989 co-wrote a textbook,
Chemistry: A Search to Understand, (1989)
1949 Frank Forest Award of the
American Ceramic Society
1960 Citation of Merit of the
University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences
1969 Manufacturing Chemists
Association Award in College Chemistry Teaching
1977 James Flack Norris Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Teaching of Chemistry, Northeastern Section,
1982 Chemical Education Award from
the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Recipient of 20 honorary degrees
Athlete, distance runner
Fast Women provides
interviews, and stats about women runners of renown to New York and
Featured Athlete, distance runner:
Benoit Samuelson (1957 to present) from Cape Elizabeth,
1979 & 1983 Boston Marathon
1984 only American woman to have
ever won an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.
1985 awarded the Sullivan Award
1992 Columbus Marathon
1998 established the Peoples
Heritage Beach to Beacon 10-K (a competitive road race held annually,
late April, in her home state of Maine)
Day 21 Artist,
National Museum of Women
Arts: includes artists images and biographical information
Kathe Kollwitz, Mary Cassatt, and Frida Kahlo.
Featured Artist, printmaker: Grace
Arnold Albee (1890–1985), from Rhode Island, U.S.
Began drawing at the age of three
Spent more than 50 years worked in
the field of wood engraving
1932 had her first one-woman
exhibition in France
1946 elected to full membership in
the National Academy of Design
1976 Brooklyn Museum held a major
retrospective of her prints
Day 22 Author,
recommendations, hundreds of reading guides, interviews, extended
author biographies, literary quizzes and more. Site is searchable by
genre, interviews, titles, authors, and other useful categories.
Featured Author, Comedian: Louise
Rennison (1951 to present) from Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Best Selling Confessions of Georgia
Nicolson series for teenage girls books include: Love is a Many
Trousered Thing; Startled by His Furry Shorts; Then He Ate My Boy
Entrancer; Away Laughing on a Fast Camel; Dancing In My Nuddy
Pants; Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas; On the Bright Side, I'm
Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God; Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Has had her own one-woman
autobiographical show, Stevie Wonder Felt My Face at the Edinburgh
Festival in the 80s; also subsequently televised as a BBC2 special.
Day 23 Actor
-- profiles 50
notable Hispanic American men and women who've made a difference in the
arts, entertainment, sports, world affairs, human rights and
Featured Actor: Rita Hayworth
aka: Margarita Carmen Cansino, Margarita Carman Cansino (1918-1987)
from New York, New York
Began dancing at the age of six as
a member of The Cansinos, a renowned family of Spanish dancers working
1935 at the age 16, she was began
working for Fox Studios
1941 lead role in Blood and Sand,
solidified her status as a movie sex symbol. Labeled as one of
"Hollywood's most beautiful redheads"
1941 featured on the cover of Life
magazine. That cover sold over 5 million copies and one of the most
requested World War II pinups.
Performed in more than 80 movies,
including: You'll Never Get Rich; You Were Never Lovelier; My Gal Sal;
Victor Mature; Cover Girl; Tonight and Every Night; The Lady from
Shanghai; and Wrath of God.
1948-1955 had her own production
1977 given the National Screen
Day 24 Entomologist
Distinguished Women of Past
Present This site has biographies of women who contributed to our
culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators,
scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders,
artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years
ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many
more have been ignored by history book writers. Danuta Bois
Featured Entomologist: Edith
Patch (1876-1954) from Worcester, Massachusetts.
recognized authority on aphids
1901 graduated from the University
Worked for a year, no salary, at
the University of Maine
1904 she was given a salary, a
teaching position, and became the head of the Entomology Department,
until retirement in 1937
1910 earned a master's degree from
University of Maine
Earned a Ph.D. degree from Columbia
1930 became the President of the
Entomological Society of America
1938 her book Food Plant
Catalogue of the Aphids was published
Day 25 Author
Celebration of Women
"provides a comprehensive listing of links to biographical and
bibliographical information about women writers, and complete published
books written by women."
Featured Author: Lizy Cody (1944 to
present) from London
Studied painting at the City and
Guilds of London Art School and the Royal Academy Schools
Published 12 books, including Dupe,
Under Contract, and Bucket Nut
1980 won the John Creasey Award
1992 won the Crime Writers'
Association Silver Dagger Award
Day 26 Physician
Museum provides brief
profiles about scientists and mathemeticians, includes both women and
men in alphabetical order.
Fearured Physician: Susan
Picotte aka Insta Theumba (1865-1915) Omaha,
Graduated from Hampton Institute
and the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She was one of the first Native
American women physicians in the United States of America.
Founder of field of culturally
Social activist, adamentally
opposed the General Allotment Act
Served more than 1,300 people over
450 square mile. Along with medical care, she gave financial advice and
helped to resolve family disputes.
1913 she opened a hospital in the
reservation town of Walthill, Nebraska.
Day 27 Poet, essayist,
The Emancipation of
Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia, British History, 1700-1920.
Provides a multitude of biographies about the women involved in the
suffrage movement, the associations, strategies and tactics, reform
laws, and a search engine are provided.
Featured Poet, essayist, and
feminist: Bessie Rayner Parkes
(1829-1925) from Birmingham, England
1856 Co-wrote Remarks on the
Education of Girls
1858, editor of The Englishwoman's
1866 published Essays on Women's
1866 formed Women's Suffrage
1872 converted to Catholicism
Day 28 Labor
Sunshine for Women:
provides links to individual and subjects about women, both local and
international acclaim. http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/links.html
Featured Labor Rights
Activist: Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
(1837-1930 ) from Cork, Ireland,
US Immigrant at age 5
1901 helped organize the United
1904 a lecturer for the Socialist
Party of America
1905 amongst the original founders
of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
Age of 83, while helping to lead
the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek strike in West Virginia, she was convicted
by a military court of conspiring to commit murder and given a 20 years
in prison sentence. It was overturned.
Woman Spirit provides
biographical sketches of 13 Native American women, including Nancy
Ward, Pocahontas, and Sacajawea.
Featured Native American: Cynthia
Ann Parker (ca. 1825-ca. 1871) Clark County, Illinois
1836, age 9, captured by Comanche
Raised and adopted Native ways
1860, whites raid her camp, she
& her daughter are kidnapped
All efforts to return to her
Comanche family were obstructed and failed.
Day 30 Author
Leaders: Notable Women in
History Exhibit profiles 20 women who've been an important
of this state's heritage.
Featured Author: Kate Chopin
aka Kate O'Flaherty (1850-1904) from St. Louis, Missouri
Published more than 100 stories
Was the commencement speaker and
graduated from the elite Children of Mary Society,
1890 her first novel At
Fault is published
1894 Bayou Folk is published
1897 A Night in Acadia is published
1899 her best known novel, The
Awakening is published, labeled scandelous
Day 31 Anthropologist
brief profile with links to additional information about women and men
in the field of anthropology.
Featured Anthropologist: Anne
Allison (1952? to present) Illinois (?) U.S.
Currently, an associate professor
and chair of the Duke University cultural anthropology department.
Primary area of study is contemporary Japanese society
1975 earns a bachelor's of
arts degree form the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle
1979 earns a masters degree from
the University of Chicago
1986 earns a PhD from the
University of Chicago
Author of three books based on her
studies. Works include Nightwork (1994); Permitted and Prohibited
Desires (1996); and Millennial Monsters
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