January 29th

1835: Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, 19th century children’s book author, most known for ‘What Katy Did’ series, born.

1850: Jeannette Thurber, first US classical music patron, wealthy founder of National Conservatory of Music of America & American Opera Company, born.

1881: Alice Evans, scientist who first discovered bacteria in milk that make humans ill, leading to pasteurization laws, born.

1895: Muna Lee, Pan-American poet, advocate of Latin American literature, co-founder of the Inter-American Commission of Women, born.

1912: Martha Griffiths, 1st Congresswoman to serve on Ways & Means Committee, 1st woman elected Lt. Governor of Michigan, the person most responsible for including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title VII in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, born.

1913: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black sorority founded in 1908 at Howard University, is officially incorporated as a perpetual body.

1919: 18th Amendment to US Constitution takes effect, prohibiting liquor sale. Many feminists were active in its promotion.

1926: Violette Neatly Anderson becomes the first African American woman to practice law before the US Supreme Court.

1939: Germaine Greer, Australian feminist, author of ‘The Female Eunuch,’ widely critisized for transphobic views, born.

1954: Oprah Winfrey, US talk show host, actress, producer & philanthropist, wealthiest Black person in the world, born.

1972: US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, reverses a decision that a pregnant teacher must take maternity leave within 5 months.

1998: A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing an off-duty policeman & severely wounding a nurse.

2010: Anti-abortion terrorist Scott Roeder convicted of murder by a jury in Wichita, Kan., in the death of Dr. George Tiller.

 

 

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