Category Archives: Women’s History

Emily Dickinson & Helen Hunt Jackson: Another Famous Friendship

Helen of Troy will die, but Helen of Colorado, never“:  Helen of Troy, of Greek mythology fame as the most beautiful woman in the world, is probably a familiar name to you, but who, you’re most likely wondering is  “Helen … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was born today–Oct. 11th–in 1884. I’ve photographed many landmarks to ER, including this plaque at The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ, marking 1/18/36  the night she stayed there with FDR. Her words at the top read:   … Continue reading

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Sojourner Truth

Today–October 4th–in 2002 a statue was erected honoring Sojourner Truth in Florence, Massachusetts, a village near Northampton. It is one of my favorite statues.

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Hard Hatted Woman

Cool trailer for “Hard Hatted Woman,” a documentary in progress about women in the trades.  In the mid-90s I regularly gave talks for women who were training for hard hat jobs in New York City at Nontraditional Employment for Women. … Continue reading

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Maria Mitchell Discovers Comet, October 1, 1847

A strong-faced woman with her hair arranged in sausage curls, Maria Mitchell was a groundbreaking astronomer.  Today on October 1 in 1847 on the roof of her home in Nantucket, Massachusetts,  twenty-nine-year old Maria discovered a comet.  Here is a … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820, so Happy Birthday to Susan B! “I wonder,” she once wrote to a young women, “if when I am under the sod–or cremated and floating in the air–I shall have to … Continue reading

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A Pete Seeger Story

A Peter Seeger story: Wow! I exclaimed when I read Robert Shlasko’s letter to the editor in today’s “New York Times.”  A student at Brooklyn College in 1950, Shlasko attended a rehearsal led by Pete Seeger, who died this week.   … Continue reading

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Pioneering Woman Scientist

“My idea is that the American man gives over to the woman all the things he is profoundly disinterested in, and keeps business and politics to himself.” Alice Hamilton made that observation when she was in her sixties, after a … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Elizabeth Cady Stanton recalled in her “Reminiscences”  what she and her sisters would find in their stockings that “were pinned on a broomstick, laid across two chairs in front of our fireplace . . . .a little paper … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle prejudice away . . . .A “Sing-In” was held by the National Organization for Women in San Francisco on 12/19/1968 to protest two newspapers that continued to run two columns–”male” & “female” for “help wanted” … Continue reading

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