February 26th

1858: Lavinia Dock, nursing pioneer who wrote history of nursing & general manual, suffragist & women’s rights activist, born.

1859: Louise DeKoven Bowen, helped establish separate justice system for juveniles, suffragist & Hull House president, born.

1879: Mabel Dodge Luhan, wealthy US patron of the Taos art colony, author of her memoirs & books on artist friends, born.

1906: Edith Madeleine Carroll, English actress, famous “Hitchcock blonde,” gave up career to work as nurse in WWII, born.

1944: Sue Dauser, Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, becomes the first female Captain in the U.S. Navy.

1950: Helen Clark, 2nd female Prime Minister of New Zealand and the 1st to have won office at an election, born.

1987: The Church of England’s General Synod voted to support the ordination of women priests. http://bit.ly/xEhEBD

2012: Danica Patrick becomes the 3rd woman to start the NASCAR Daytona 500 race.


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