Category Archives: Women’s History

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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An opera about Susan B. Anthony

I am super excited that tomorrow night Linda and I are going to a performance of “The Mother of Us All,” an opera (premiered in 1947) by Gertrude Stein (text) and Virgil Thomson (music) drawn from the life of Susan … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony’s “inexpressible pleasure”

Today–Dec. 10th–in 1869 legislators in the territory of Wyoming passed a bill granting women the right to vote.  Susan B. Anthony was in the gallery of the U. S. House of Representatives during the debate about whether or not to … Continue reading

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Mirabal Sisters

  I recently wrote about visiting the museum in the Dominican Republic dedicated to the Mirabal sisters, fighters in the resistance against the dictator Trujillo. I saved a 200 peso with this powerful portrait of them–Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa.  Certainly … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving has a godmother–Sarah Josepha Hale, an influential 19th century magazine editor who warranted her own chapter in my book, “Thanksgiving: The True Story”. Her 40-year campaign culminated in President Lincoln resuming the practice of declaring a national day … Continue reading

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Mirabal Sisters

 Tomorrow–Nov. 25th, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, designated by the United Nations in 1999 in commemoration of the Mirabal sisters: Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa who were murdered on Nov. 25, 1960 because of … Continue reading

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