Sunday, March 13, 2011

March is Women's History Month...why?

Poster for International Women's Day, March 8
(Doesn't that poster look like ceramic tile?  I wonder...)

100th International Women's Day Anniversary (1911 - 2011)

March Highlights in U.S. Women's History 
  • March 1, 1978 - Women's History Week is first observed in Sonoma County , California
  • March 1, 1987 - A Congressional resolution designating March as Women's History Month is passed
  • March 4, 1917 - Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress
  • March 8 - International Women's Day; its origins trace back to protests in US and Europe to honor and fight for the political rights for working women 
  • March 10, 2011 was the 98th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death in 1913. The date was designated as national Harriet Tubman Day in 1990. 
  • March 11, 1993 - Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman U.S. Attorney General
  • March 12, 1912 - Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah , Georgia for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting
  • March 13, 1986 - Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
  • March 17, 1910 - Camp Fire Girls is established as the first American interracial, non-sectarian organization for girls
  • March 20, 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19th century
  • March 21, 1986 - Debi Thomas becomes first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship
  • March 23, 1917 - Virginia Woolf establishes the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf
  • March 31, 1888 - The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others; it is the oldest non-sectarian women's organization in U.S.
  • March 31, 1776 - Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence: "Remember the ladies..."

Do you have any other dates to add?

 I just noticed March 6 was the date of Georgia O'Keeffe's death.  I'd rather remember her on her birthday however.  This week another talented woman artist died, as you can see on my post yesterday.  I've been told (by my then 94 year old friend) that we need to embrace younger friends as the net of people our age (whatever it may be!) becomes fewer and fewer.

a great site to find many links...

I must stop now, because I've got another 3 weeks of women artists to blog here...

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
Georgia O'Keeffe  

don't miss looking at the book to download, at this link

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