Category Archives: Women’s History

Women’s World Cup

Excited about watching the Women’s World Cup Final tonight and thinking about historic women athletes, in particular Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, voted Woman Athlete & 9th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by AP. “She is beyond all belief until … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony Crashed the All-Male July 4th, 1876 Celebration

A lot of hoopla was held leading up to the Centennial 4th of July in 1876, none of it honoring women’s contributions, or even including women as participants.  So, Susan B. Anthony finagled five tickets to the all-male main event … Continue reading

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Fabulous Experience

Fabulous experience yesterday taking granddaughter Sophie and the other terrific girls, members of Girl Scout troop 3700, to visit some New York City women’s history site. My daughter-in-law Katrin de Haen took wonderful photos. From left to right:  the display … Continue reading

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“Iron Girl”

            Last week I went to the Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ, to see this marvelous bronze relief by Gaetano Federici, “In honor of Eleanor Egg, Champion of America.” It was commissioned in 1931 after she … Continue reading

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Nellie Bly

“Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Journalist Nellie Bly for Speaking Up ‘For the Ones Told to Shut Up’” Nellie Bly, was born Elizabeth Jane “Pink” Cochran today, May 5th, in 1864. Here’s the link to an article and song: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/nellie-bly-google-doodle_n_7210966.html

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Harriet Tubman: An American Hero

What do an asteroid, a section of a highway, a college dormitory, many schools, museums and a World War II Liberty Ship have in common? How about statues in Boston, Massachusetts, Ypsilanti, Michigan, and New York City, or National Historical … Continue reading

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Sarah Vaughan: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, also known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One” who was born on March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ.  This street sign is in front of NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark.  … Continue reading

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Deborah Sampson

Very slowly but surely, 19th century women claimed their right to speak/perform in public.  One of the earliest was Deborah Sampson, a woman who disguised herself as a man and served as a soldier in the American Revolution. She fought … Continue reading

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A Three-Part Story: Julia de Burgos

The story behind a street sign in New York City is inspiring and sad and heartening. Located at the corner of East 106th Street and Fifth Avenue, the street sign reads–“JULIA DE BURGOS Boulevard.” Curious about the sign and Julia … Continue reading

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Outspoken Advocate: Helen Hunt Jackson

A popular poet, fiction writer, and essayist, Helen Hunt Jackson was a prominent and indomitably outspoken advocate for the rights of Native American people. She produced a barrage of words–letters, speeches, articles, essays, and two important books: “A Century of … Continue reading

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