February 28th

1797: Mary Lyon, founder of the MA female seminaries that became Wheaton College & Mount Holyoke College, born.

1856: Elizabeth Glendower Evans, wealthy Bostonite who funded nation’s 1st minimum wage  fight & suffrage causes, born.

1882: Geraldine Farrar, US opera singer who inspired a devoted following of young women, nicknamed “Gerry-flappers,” born.

1933: Franklin Roosevelt appoints Francis Perkins Secretary of Labor, the 1st woman to hold a cabinet position in the US.

 

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