February 17th

1858: Margaret Warner Morley, US ducator, biologist & author of many books on nature and biology for children, born.

1879: Dorothy Canfield Fisher, US Montessori advocate, presided over the country’s first adult education program, born.

1881: Mary Breckinridge, US nurse-midwife & the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, born.

1888: Dorothy Kenyon, US feminist lawyer & civil rights activist who worked w/ the NAACP & the ACLU, born.

1897: Ruth Jane Mack Brunswick, collaborator w/ Sigmund Freud responsible for much of the fleshing out of Freudian theory, born

1897: The US organization now known as the National PTA was founded as the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C.

1905: The 1st statue of a woman, temperance leader Frances Willard, is unveiled in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

1914: Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rican poet, feminist & civil rights activist, advocate for Puerto Rican independence, born.

1925: Florence Prag Kahn won a special election, becoming 5th woman and first Jewish woman to serve in the US Congress.

1963: Publication of “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan; book is credited with sparking 2nd Wave of US feminist movement

1969: Golda Meir sworn in as Israel’s 1st female prime minister.

1998: USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada & wins the first Olympic Gold medal in the debut of the sport.





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