January 17th

1775: 9 older women burnt as witches in Kalisk, Poland for causing bad harvests

1806: Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, gave birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House

1820: Anne Brönte, author of Agnes Hill & Tenant of Wildfell Hall (which advocated women’s independence), born

1829: Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army (w/ her husband, William), advocate of women’s right to preach, born

1853: Alva Belmont, suffragist who funded movements in US & UK, co-founder & 1st president of National Woman’s Party, born

1882: Aletta Jacobs, first Dutch female physician, opens her office.

1893: Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani overthrown, despite her efforts to resist US pressure to become a republic & later, a state

1922: Betty White, ‘Golden Girls,’ ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ 1st woman to win an Emmy for game-show hosting, born

1938: Martha Cotera, Chicana feminist leader, author of ‘The Chicana Feminist’ & ‘Profile on the Mexican American Woman,’ born

1964: Michelle Obama, first Black First Lady, anti-obesity advocate, 3rd First Lady w/ post-graduate degree, born.

1989: Americans Victoria Murden and Shirley Metz become the 1st women to reach the South Pole on skis.


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