March 04, 2016

This Week in Women's History

March 2

Eleanor Laura McMain born: gained fame as one of the preeminent social workers in the U.S. — 1866

Inez Haynes Irwin born: American feminist author, journalist, member of the National Women's Party, and president of the Authors Guild. — 1873

March 3

Anne Sullivan arrived at the home of young Helen Keller to teach her to communicate. — 1887

Woman suffrage supporters marched in Washington, D.C., disrupting the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. Onlookers attacked while police stand by. — 1913

March 4

Frances Perkins' appointment as Secretary of Labor announced. She was the first woman to serve as a member of a U.S. president's cabinet. — 1933

Fannie Barrier Williams died: African-American educator and political and women's rights activist. — 1944

March 5

Leslie Marmon Silko born: Laguna Pueblo writer and one of the key figures in the First Wave of the Native American Renaissance. — 1948

March 6

“When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.” Pearl Buck, died today. — 1973

Marguerite Yourcenar becomes the first woman elected to the Academie Francaise. — 1980

March 7

Janet Guthrie born: first woman to qualify and compete in both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. — 1938


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