February 11th

1466: Elizabeth of York, who would become Queen of England for a short time & a key figure in the War of Roses, born.

1671: Hannah Callowhill Penn, wife of Pennsylvania William Penn who ran the province for 14 years after he fell ill, born.

1783: Jarena Lee, NJ woman born to former slaves considered the 1st female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, born.

1802: Lydia Maria Child, abolitionist, activist most remembered for her poem Over the River & Through the Woods, born.

1858: A 14 year-old French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes.

1911: Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to address the Montana Legislature, speaking for woman suffrage.

1916: Florynce Kennedy, US civil rights activist & feminist leader, co-founder of the National Organization for Women, born. http://bit.ly/q7Vuk1

1916: Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control in New York City.

1958: Ruth Carol Taylor becomes the 1st African American flight attendant in the skies, works a flight from Ithaca, NY to NYC.

1962: Poet Sylvia Plath commits suicide.

1963: Julia Child’s show The French Chef premieres.

1964: Sarah Palin, 1st woman to be elected Governor of Alaska & 1st Republican woman nominated for the vice-presidency, born.

1975: Margaret Thatcher elected leader of opposition Conservative Party, becoming 1st woman to head a major party in Britain.

1976: Adlene Harrison became the first Jewish female mayor of a major American city when she was appointed mayor of Dallas.

1989: Reverend Barbara C. Harrisa. a 58-year-old Black woman, was ordained as 1st female bishop of the Episcopal Church.

2007: In Portugal, national referendum legalizes non-therapeutic abortion requested by woman during 1st 10 weeks of pregnancy.

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