Author Archives: Penny Colman

International Women’s Day

Tomorrow – March 8th – is International Women’s Day, a day that was first celebrated on Feb. 28, 1910, as National Women’s Day, in the United States by the Socialist Party of America to honor the women garment workers’ strike, … Continue reading

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A Woman Unafraid

Today – March 4, 1933, with the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Frances Perkins became the first woman cabinet member.  President Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins Secretary of Labor during the greatest economic crisis in American history – the Great … Continue reading

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Women’s Monster Demonstration

March 3, 1913 – 104 years ago today – more than 8,000 suffragists marched in a “monster demonstration” in Washington, D.C., the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, a non-supporter of women’s right to vote.  There were floats, bands, … Continue reading

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When Women . . .

Happy March – National Multicultural Women’s History Month!  Today I serendipitously discovered the amazing mural “When Women Pursue Justice” in Brooklyn, New York.  I was there on an errand with my son Jonathan, who lives in Manhattan, and stopped to … Continue reading

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The eyes and ears of the people . . .

I’m a longtime member of the Authors Guild, the oldest and largest professional organization for writers in America.  Pearl S. Buck, whose biography I have on my to-write -list, was once the president, as was Madeleine L’Engle.  The current president … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday

Celebrating 4 birthdays today – 2/24 – identical twin sons David and Stephen and fraternal twin grandchildren Balan and Quinn!!!!! Another set of twins on the way, due in a month when we already have 3 family birthdays – fun!!!!

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Barbara Jordan

Tomorrow – Feb. 21 – is the birthday of Barbara Jordan, who was born in 1936 and died on Jan. 17, 1991.  An eminent orator, lawyer, politician, civil rights leader, Barbara Jordan left a powerful legacy of indomitable forthrightness.  Below … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony

On the 15th of February, I will wish Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony who was born on that date in 1820, almost two hundred years ago. With her erect posture, dark-brown hair, steely eyes, a bump on the bridge … Continue reading

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Leontyne Price

Today – Feb. 10th – is the 90th birthday of the great American soprano Leontyne Price.  I heard her sing many years ago at the Metropolitan Opera House.  I just listened to her singing Schubert’s “Ave Maria” (first video in … Continue reading

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“She Persisted!”

“Nevertheless, she persisted!” Sojourner Truth is one among millions of our foremothers who “persisted,” just as millions of women, and men of good will, are persisting today and will continue to persist! I love that word – persist!

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