Janaury 4th

1844: Helen Kendrick Johnson, leading anti-suffrage campaigner, author of ‘Woman & the Republic,’ born. http://bit.ly/2Ac4LX

1896: Utah becomes a US state, with suffrage in its constitution.

1931: Lala Mara, Fijian chief & first lady, founder of Fijian women’s organization Soqosoqo Vakamarama i Taukei, born. http://bit.ly/ziaMi1

1937: Grace Bumbry, leading mezzo soprano of the 20th century & pioneer for Black female opera singers, born.

1943: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson & Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt biographer, political commentator, born.

1972: Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.

1977: Mary Shane hired by the Chicago White Sox as the 1st woman TV play-by-play broadcaster.

2000: Catherine Hartley and Fiona Thornewil became the first British women to reach the South Pole. http://bbc.in/hKBR87

2007: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became the first female speaker of the House.

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