Women in History – December


Tis the season to be giving and to remember the women and women’s events in history that have helped to mold us into who we are!

December 6, 1815 (1884) – Born: Jane Swisshelm, suffragist, wrote articles for local papers against slavery, for women’s rights, and against legal inequities, led to close friendship with Mary Todd Lincoln

December 10, 1830 (1886) – Born: Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most famous and prolific poets

ellen swallow richardsDecember 3, 1842 (1911) – Born: Ellen Swallow Richards, first woman to graduate from MIT (1873), recognized as the creator of the fields of ecology and home economics, co-founder of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, which became the American Association of University Women

December 2, 1886 (1976) – Born: Josephine Roche, after gaining control of her late josephine rochefather’s Colorado coal mine operation in 1927, invited the United Mine Workers to organize workers and get contracts, supervised the Public Health Service as part of FDR’s administration, made recommendations for 1935 Social Security and tried to encourage universal health coverage, named one of 10 outstanding women in the U.S. in 1936

December 1, 1893 (1981) – Born:Dorothy Detzer, worked at Hull House where she investigated child labor infringements for several years, national secretary of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (1924-46) where she became known as the “Lady Lobbyist” in Congress, respected for her research and integrity – no personal favors, private dinners or backroom deals

December 14, 1897 (1995) – Born: Margaret Chase Smith, first woman elected to both margaret chase smithhouses of Congress (R-ME), serving 8 years in the House of Representatives and 24 in the Senate, first in Senate to challenge Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade


December 9, 1906 (1997) – Born: Esther Peterson, as head of the Commission on the esther petersonStatus of Women was the most powerful woman in the Kennedy administration, fought for women’s rights, especially improvements in working women’s conditions, awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Carter in 1981

December 30, 1912 (1995) – Margaret Wade, won state and regional championships as semi-professional basketball player, became high school coach in 1935 and set a lifetime record of 453 wins, 89 losses and 6 ties, inspired the Wade Trophy (1978) awarded annually to the best collegiate women’s team

December 6, 1927 (2002) – Born: Patsy Takemoto Mink, first Japanese-American patsy minkCongresswoman (D-HI), wrote the Women’s Educational Equity Act, played a key role in the enactment of Title IX, which was renamed posthumously as the “Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act”


December 5, 1935 – Mary McLeod Bethune creates the National Council of Negro Women

December 7, 1941 – Capt. Annie Fox receives the first Purple Heart awarded to a woman captain annie foxfor her service while under attack at Pearl Harbor




December 1, 1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white person; her arrest sparks the modern civil rights movement in the US
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December 14, 1961 – President’s Commission on the Status of Women is established to examine discrimination against women and ways to eliminate it

December 28, 1967 – Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to own a seat on the N.Y. Stock Exchange


December 14, 1985 – Wilma Mankiller is sworn in as principal chief of the Cherokee wilma mankillerNation of Oklahoma – the first woman in modern history to lead a major Native American tribe


December 17, 1993 – Judith Rodin is named president of Univ. of Pennsylvania, the first woman to head an Ivy League institution

Whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, make it a joyous one!


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