Womyn's music and music by women

Alix Dobkin / If It Wasn’t for the Women / Love & Politics A 30 Year Saga / 1992 / Women’s Wax Works
Ani DiFranco / Amendment / Which Side Are You On / 2012 / Zoo
Anne Feeney / Emma Goldman / If I Can’t Dance / 2006 / Sony
Aretha Franklin / I’m Every Woman/Respect / Aretha Franklin Singing the Great Diva Classics / 2014 / RCA
Big Bad Gina / Hey Goddess / Amazon Warrior Princess / 2010 / CD Baby
Carole King / Tapestry / Tapestry / 1971 / ODE Records
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer / Daughters of Feminists / A Parents’ Home Companion / 1995 / Rounder
Cathy Winter / Marie / Breath On My Fire / Traveling Home / 1984 / Rounder
Catie Curtis / Kiss That Counted / Acoustic Valentine / 2003 / Sam the Pug Records
Cris Williamson / Waterfall / The Essential Cris Williamson / 2005 / Wolf Moon Records
Cris Williamson / Song of the Soul / The Changer And The Changed: A Record Of The Times / 1975 / Olivia
Cynthia McQuillin / Goddess / Witch’s Dance / 1998 / Unlikely Productions
Deidre McCalla / Would You Like to Dance / With a Little Luck / 2003 / Olivia
Disappear Fear / I’ve Had Her/Because the Night / Get Your Phil-Phil Ochs / 2011 / Disappear records
Donna Ulisse / Showin’ My Roots / The Songwriter in Me: The Demo Recordings / 2015 / Hadley
Elizabeth Cook / Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman / Balls / 2007 / 31 Tigers
Emma’s Revolution / Silent No Longer / Roots, Rock and Revolution / 2009 / Moving Forward
Fanny / I Just Realized / The First Time in a Long Time / 2005 / Reprise
Ferron / Ain’t Life / Impressionistic (Disc 1) / 2000 / Cherrywood Station
Heart / All I Want to Do is Make Love to You / The Road Home (Live) / 1995 / Capitol Catalog
Heather Bishop / Taking My Baby Uptown / A Taste Of The Blues / 1986 / Mother of Pearl
Holly Near / Simply Love / Simply Love / 2000 / Calico Tracks Music
Indigo Girls / Power of Two / Boys on the Side / 1994 / Arista
Jamie Anderson / Wynona, Why Not / Bad Hair Day / 1993 / Tsunami
Jane Siberry / Calling All Angels (Live) / Amazing Grace (v/a) / 1997 / Island
Jewel / Summer Home in Your Arms / Sweet And Wild / 2010 / Valory Music
Jill Sobule / I Kissed a Girl / Jill Sobule / 2011 / Lava Records

Mary J Blige / just fine / Growing Pains / 2007 / Geffen Records
Leela James / Fall for You / Fall for You / 2014 / BMG Rights Management
Sade / Hang On To Your Love / Diamond Life / 1984 / Epic
Bonnie Raitt / Nick of Time / Nick Of Time / 1989 / Capitol
Anita Baker / Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year) / Rapture / 1986 / Elektra
Joss Stone / the answer / The Answer – Single / 2015 / Stone’d Records
Memoir / who I Am / Fire In Me / 2014 / Deadly Love Music
Miriam Makeba / Pata pata / Pata Pata / 1967 / Reprise
Nneka / My Love, My Love / My Fairy Tales / 2015 / Bushqueen Music (dist. Co-Sign)
Nneka / My Love, My Love (Reprise) / My Fairy Tales / 2015 / Bushqueen Music (dist. Co-Sign)
Macy Gray / Beauty In the World / The Sellout / 2010 / Universal Music Group International
India.Arie / There’s Hope / Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship / 2006 / Universal Records
Linda Ronstadt (featuring Bette Midler) / sisters / Duets / 2014 / Rhino
Alicia Keys / fallin’ / Songs In A Minor / 2001 / J Records
Oleta Adams / Rhythm of Life / Circle of One / 1990 / ISLAND MERCURY
Eugenie Jones / I’m Alright (Radio Edit) / Come Out Swingin’ / 2015 / Open Mic Records / CREATE.Digital Music
Lee Ann Womack / Don’t Listen to the Wind / The Way I’m Livin’ / 2014 / Sugar Hill
Carolyn Wonderland / St. Marks / Peace Meal / 2011 / Bismeaux
Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates / Game Is My Middle Name (feat. Joe Bonamassa) / Ooh Yea!: The Betty Davis Songbook (feat. Joe Bonamassa) / 2015 / J&R Adventures
Chrisette Michele / Love Won’t Leave Me Out / BETTER / 2013 / Island Def Jam/Motown (PG)
Traci Braxton / last call / Crash & Burn / 2014 / eOne Music
Tina Turner / What’s Love Got to Do with It / Private Dancer / 1984 / Capitol
Keri Johnsrud / The chameleon / This Side Of Morning / 2015 / Keri Johnsrud
Alison Wonderland / run / Run / 2015 / Self Released

Women’s Resources Center

ARE YOU IN CHICAGO THIS SUMMER? Get your activism going this weekend!!

Blame the System | Not the Victim – A March to End Rape Culture–march and speak out against rape culture in downtown Chicago this weekend. Students in Chicago for the summer! Here is the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/485100938309046/

Events This Week @ Women’s Resources Center:

Monday—July 20 @ 12noon @ Women’s Resources Center—Dish It Up Summer Brown Bag Series | “The Power of Arts-based Healing with Survivors of Violence” Kelly Fritz and Charity Benefield, Interns, Women’s Resources Center. It’s a “brown bag” so bring your own lunch but we’ll have chips, lemonade & iced tea and maybe some dessert—free, of course!!

Monday—July 20 @ 4pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Our Women on the Move | Belly Fit/Belly Dance! We provide an instructor and the “scarves” and music! It’s free, it’s fun, it will keep you moving!

Wednesday July 22 @ 4pm @ WRC—Sex & Gender Film Series | SAY MY NAME. In a hip hop and R&B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of SAY MY NAME speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. This worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London’s Eastside, to Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A., and points in between. Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art. Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art. points in between. Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.Come enjoy another great film about women and art, munch on popcorn and sip on lemonade!! FREE!

Thursday—July 23 @ 4pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Women on the Move | Yoga for Healing Series! A perfect way to de-stress after a long week! We will provide yoga mats and blocks as well as the instructors. Free!

Events This Week @ OIIR Cultural Centers/Units:

Tuesday—July 21 @ 12-1 pm @ Asian American Cultural Center—Food for Thought | “Small Acts, Big Difference: What We All Can Do for International Students featuring Ga-Young Jin, AACC Graduate Intern and M.S.W. student. Food for Thought is a weekly discussion series that is focused on topics relevant to the Asian American community. Presentations will take place at the Asian American Cultural Center from 12-1pm. Free cup-of-noodles and snacks will be provided! Everyone welcome!

Out & About on Campus and the CU Community:

Thursday—July 23 @ 9pm @ Main Quad of the Illini Union– Summer Quad Cinema Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron! Come for a free screening of this VERY popular film!

@ YWCA of the University of Illinois

#BLACKLIVESMATTER SIGNS—Get in on the action! Help us show our community that we believe that black lives do, indeed matter! Get a sign of your very own for your yard or window. We are asking people to pitch in on the cost, at $6.50 per sign, but we aren’t turning down requests as long as we have signs in the office. Please reply to this email to get one! This summer, the YWCA is teaming up with Showing Up for Racial Justice in the effort to grow a national, outspoken, multi-racial majority for justice. Specifically to encourage white folks to stand up and voice support for racial justice, local SURJ people will be planting #BLACKLIVESMATTER yard signs around town to encourage everyone to show their support for eliminating racism.

YWCA WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP 15-16—Leadership Development Internships. For UIUC undergraduates- we are currently accepting applications for our 2015-2016 run of the Women In Leadership internship! Please visit https://ywcauofi.wufoo.com/forms/women-in-leadership-program-20152016/ in order to fill out an application online. You can also visit our website for more information on the program. Spaces are filling up fast, so if you would like to reserve your spot for the Fall, do not hesitate to fill out an application now. Please email domonique@ywcauofi.org if you have further questions.

YWCA—2015 RACE AGAINST RACISM—Sunday, September 27, 1pm at the Arboretum. One of the main goals of the YWCA is to eliminate racism, and our annual 5K aims support this mission and to promote equality in an active and creative way. This year, the YWCA will be hosting its 11th annual Race Against Racism. Whether you are someone who competes on a professional team or an individual who enjoys being active during your leisure time – all are welcome to take part in running for social change, one step at a time.

Date: Sunday, September 27 @ 1:00 PM @ The Arboretum on the UIUC campus (2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana IL 61802). Early Bird Tickets: $15.00 per participant until Sept. 1. Buy your tickets http://tinyurl.com/ywcauofi-RAR2015

Art @ the Y presents | INDIVISIBLE: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

Smithsonian exhibition on display for summer viewing: June 18-August 14, 2015 from 9am to 4pm weekdays. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. Developed, produced, and circulated by the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. INDIVISIBLE received financial support from Akaloa Resource Foundation and from the Smithsonian’s Latino Initiatives Pool. Sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE), and the Native American House.

Farm Stand on the Quad Open Thursdays. The Sustainable Student Farm, a program of the Department of Crop Sciences, and in cooperation with the Illini Union and the Student Sustainability Committee, has begun its weekly Farm Stand on the Quad. The Farm Stand is open every Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., selling fresh produce grown on campus. The Farm Stand is located on the south side of the Illini Union.

Women on Top: Celebrating Women Behind the Camera @ The Art Theatre Co-op in Downtown Champaign. “Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people, yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential.”

— Kathryn Bigelow

The Art Theater Co-op is proud to present a summer-long series celebrating women feature film directors. Bringing together an eclectic mix of films representing the breadth and depth of women’s filmmaking, WOMEN ON TOP: CELEBRATING WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA is focused on honoring the vision and artistry of women directors while simultaneously highlighting the serious lack of women in film production. Women have directed only 6% of studio feature films in the last year, and in the past five years only one woman has directed more than one studio feature. By celebrating the groundbreaking work of women directors, WOMEN ON TOP aims to stimulate conversation about the overwhelming gender disparity in feature film direction while shining a spotlight on women directors working against all odds. Films include Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden 1983; June 3rd at 9:00pm), Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966; July 15th at 9:00pm); Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995; August 12th at 9:00pm), and Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000; September 16th at 9:00pm)

Wednesday—August 12 @ 9:00pm—Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995). Loosely based on the comic book series of the same name, Tank Girl is a Crayola-colored, sun-soaked, fight for survival in a futuristic, drought-riddled world. Battling an evil corporation bent on controlling the world’s population through its last water reserves, androgynous punk heroine Rebecca (Lori Petty as the eponymous Tank Girl) and a band of misfit warriors fight to protect the last free water supply and their own independence. Director Rachel Talalay cut her teeth working for John Waters, and skillfully directs an eclectic cast including Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Iggy Pop, and Malcolm McDowell in this wild, surreal, art-pop film. Bolstered by a soundtrack curated by Courtney Love and featuring the likes of Bjork, Devo, Hole, and Portishead, Tank Girl embodies 1990’s Riot Grrl style, independence, and wit. “Tank Girl’s” screen assault has a “no prisoners” attitude…dazzling pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art makeup, a lavish song-and-dance production, nifty animation reflecting its comic book origins and a thumping rock soundtrack.” Variety

Wednesday—September 16 @ 9:00pm—Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000). The directorial debut of screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood (director of 2014’s highly-praised Beyond The Lights), Love & Basketball is a heady combination of sport, sexual politics, female alienation, and the desire for emotional attachments. Childhood friends Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) have always wanted the same thing: to play professional basketball. Following their friendship and professional aspirations over the course of thirteen years, the film is a quiet but forceful reminder that all is not fair in love and sports–especially for women who want to play on the court and not cheer on the sidelines. A poignant and sympathetic film carried by marvelous performances from Epps and Lathan, Love & Basketball heralded Prince-Bythewood as a contemporary female director to watch–a pronouncement she has been making good on over the last 15 years. “Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women’s film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees – and about time too.” Time Out “A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.” Film.com

The Art Theater Co-op is the country’s only cooperatively owned art house theater. As a community-driven organization, the Art Theater is dedicated to being a vibrant and welcoming space where audiences old and new can enjoy a classic cinema experience. The Art Theater’s mission is to cultivate an engaged audience for art house, independent, and foreign films while promoting local filmmakers and strengthening the art house cooperative movement. CONTACT: Austin McCann, General Manager the.art.theater@gmail.com

Melissa Ferrick / Freedom / Freedom / 2000 / What Are Records
Ani DiFranco / To the Teeth / To the Teeth / 1999 / Righteous Babe Records
Indigo Girls / Tangled Up In Blue / 1200 Curfews / 1995 / Sony Music
Sheryl Crow / Leaving Las Vegas / Tuesday Night Music Club / 1993 / UMG
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians / Little Miss S / Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars / 1988 / Geffen Records
The Sundays / Wild Horses / Blind / 1992 / Geffen
Joan Armatrading / If Women Ruled the World / Square the Circle / 1992 / A&M Records
Dionne Farris / Blackbird / Wild Seed – Wild Flower / 1994 / Columbia Records
Patricia Barber / You Gotta Go Home / Verse / 2002 / Blue Note/Premonition
Gemma Ray / Desoto / Milk For Your Motors / 2014 / Bronze Rat Records
Shy Hunters / Time Bomb / Oh That I Had Wings / 2014 / Future Shock Studios
Dead Sara / Mona Lisa / Pleasure to Meet You / 2015 / Pocket Kid Records
Nina Simone / Don’t Smoke in Bed / Nina Simone’s Finest Hour / 2000 / Verve
Billie Holiday / Them There Eyes / Bille Holiday’s Greatest Hits / 1995 / Decca Jazz
Neneh Cherry / I’ve Got You Under My Skin / Red Hot & Blue / 1990 / Chrysalis
Corrine Bailey Rae / I Wanna Be Your Lover / The Love EP / 2010 / EMI Records
Wendy & Lisa / Mother of Pearl / Eroica / 1990 / Virgin Records
Alabama Shakes / Gimmie All Your Love / Sound & Color / 2015 / ATO Records
PJ Harvey / Down by the Water / To Bring You My Love / 1995 / Island
Tracy Bonham / The One / Lilith Fair / 1998 / Arista
Amy Ray / Mtns of Glory / Stag / 2001 / EMI Virgin
Michelle Malone / Devil Moon / Beneath the Devil Moon / 1997 / VELVEL RECORDS
Beth Orton / She Cries Your Name / Trailer Park / 1997 / Dedicated Records
Tami Greer / Perfect Fingers / Better Than Chocolate Soundtrack / 1999 / WILL/lakeshore records
Mary Gauthier / Evangeline / Drag Queens in Limosines / 1999 / Groove House
Bette Midler / Do You Want to Dance / The Divine Miss M / 1992 / Atlantic

July Women’s History Events & Birthdays

In July we celebrate essential democratic anniversaries — the birth of the United States on July 4, 1776 and the birth of the Women’s Rights Movement on July 19-20, 1848.

On July 19-20, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the first women’s rights convention in American History.  Over 300 women and men came to Seneca Falls, New York to protest the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life.  This marked the first public meeting calling for women’s right to vote.

July Women’s History Events

  • July 2, 1979 – The Susan B. Anthony dollar is released
  • July 2, 1937 – Amelia Earhart’s plane is lost in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island
  • July 2, 1964 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act; Title VII prohibits sex discrimination in employment
  • July 4, 1876 – Suffragists crash the Centennial Celebration in Independence Hall to present the Vice President with the “Declaration of the Rights of Women” written by Matilda Joselyn Gage
  • July 6, 1957 – Althea Gibson is the first African American woman player to win a Wimbledon title in women’s tennis singles
  • July 7, 1981 – President Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman Supreme Court Justice?
  • July 12, 1984 – Representative Geraldine Ferraro (D-New York) is chosen as the first female to run for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic Party ticket with Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota)
  • July 14, 1917 – 16 women from the National Women’s Party were arrested while picketing the White House demanding universal women’s suffrage; they were charged with obstructing traffic
  • July 19-20, 1848 – The Seneca Falls Convention, the country’s first women’s rights convention, is held in Seneca Falls, New York Women’s Rights Movement 
  • July 20, 1942 – The first class of Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) begins at Fort Des Moines, IA

July Birthdays

  • July 1, 1895 (1997) – Lucy Howorth, attorney, U.S. magistrate, legislator, suffragist, held positions in federal agencies during the 1930s and 1940s
  • July 1, 1904 (1998) – Mary Steichen Calderone, physician and sex educator, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood (1953-1964), principal founder and president of Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (1964)
  • July 1, 1915 (1979) – Jean Stafford, writer of short stories and novels, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1970
  • July 1, 1916 – Olivia de Havilland, actress, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946 and 1949, played Melanie in “Gone With the Wind”
  • July 1, 1931 – Leslie Caron, actress and dancer, starred in “An American in Paris” (1951) and “Gigi” (1958), wrote autobiography “Thank Heaven” in 2010
  • July 1, 1941 – Twyla Tharp, dancer and choreographer, widely-honored founder of Twyla Tharp Dance company (1965; merged with American Ballet Theatre in 1988), which expanded boundaries of ballet and modern dance
  • July 2, 1922 (1987) – Eleanor Leacock, cultural anthropologist, studied the Native North Americans, and issues of gender and class, racism, and poverty July 3, 1908 – author of 31 books on culinary arts, travel, and memoirs, founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library in California
  • July 4, 1898 (1997) –Dr. Pilar Barbosa de Rosario, historian and teacher, first woman to teach at University of Puerto Rico (1921), established the history and social studies departments there, named official historian of Puerto Rico in 1993
  • July 4, 1918 (2013) – Pauline Esther Friedman, also known as Abigail Van Buren, was an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the “Dear Abby” column in 1956
  • July 5, 1899 (1990) – Anna Hedgeman, civil rights activist and educator, first African American woman to serve in the cabinet of the New York mayor (1954-58), helped plan the 1963 March on Washington
  • July 7, 1861 (1912) – Nettie Stevens, biologist, discovered X and Y sex chromosomes
  • July 7, 1908 (1986) – Harriette Simpson Arnow, writer and educator, author of “The Dollmaker” (1954), writer with the Federal Writer’s Project of the WPA (1934-39)
  • July 7, 1915 (1998) – Margaret Walker, poet and novelist, her poem “For My People” (1942) won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, wrote novel “Jubilee” in 1966
  • July 8, 1902 (1981) – Gwendolyn Bennett, Harlem Renaissance poet, short story writer and artist, wrote a column “The Ebony Flute” for the journal “Opportunity,” co-founder of “Fire!!” a literary journal
  • July 8, 1926 (2004) – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, writer and lecturer, developed techniques for counseling the dying and their families
  • July 10, 1875 (1955) – Mary McLeod Bethune, educator, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, served as Minority Affairs Advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • July 10, 1882 (1975) – Ima Hogg, Texas philanthropist, patron of the arts, supporter of mental health and child welfare organizations, and savior of many historic structures
  • July 10, 1891 (1982) – Edith Quimby, biophysicist, pioneer in the use of radiation in medicine and the development of standards for radiation protection
  • July 10, 1910 (1998) – Mary Bunting, microbiologst, president of Radcliffe College (1959-72), oversaw the integration of Radcliffe into Harvard, founded the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe which helped women return to careers after family obligations, first woman on the Atomic Energy Commission
  • July 10, 1933 (1989) – Jan DeGaetani, versatile mezzo-soprano and an outstanding teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and the Eastman School in Rochester
  • July 13, 1910 (1983) – Josefina Niggli, playwright, moved to North Carolina from Mexico after penning prize-winning short stories; wrote first novel, Mexican Village, in 1945, later wrote television scripts including “The Twilight Zone”
  • July 14, 1911 (1998) – Gertrude Goldhaber, physicist, an early researcher into nuclear structure and the properties of nuclei, the third woman to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1972)
  • July 14, 1916 (1988) – Muriel Snowden, civil rights worker, co-founded Freedom House (1949) with her husband in Boston as a community organization to promote self-sufficiency and social justice
  • July 15, 1899 (1990) – Estelle Ishigo, artist, joined her Japanese-American husband in a Wyoming internment camp during WWII, made sketches of her experience for the War Relocation Authority, published “Lone Heart Mountain” in 1972 chronicling her internment
  • July 15, 1923 (1995) – Connie Boucher, artist, helped start the charactermerchandising industry by licensing characters such as Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” and Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”
  • July 16, 1821 (1910) – Mary Baker Eddy, founded the Church of Christ, Scientist
  • July 16, 1862 (1931) – Ida B. Wells-Barnett, journalist, newspaper editor, crusader against lynching, and civil rights leader
  • July 16, 1907 (1990) – Barbara Stanwyck, actress, started as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1922, worked on stage, and most notably in movies and television, highest paid woman in the United States in 1944
  • July 16, 1911 (1995) – Ginger Rogers, actress and dancer, partnered with Fred Astaire, won Academy Award for “Kitty Foyle” (1940)
  • July 17, 1898 (1991) – Berenice Abbott, photographer, artist, teacher, and writer, famous for her portraitures, documenting the architecture of New York, and science photography
  • July 17, 1908 (1987) – Carmelita Maracci, dancer, choreographer, and teacher,created a blend of ballet and Spanish dance techniques
  • July 18, 1892 (1980) – Doris Fleischman Bernays, first married woman to gain a U.S. passport in her maiden name (1925), writer and editor for the “New York Tribune,” and publicist
  • July 18, 1908 (1981) – Mildred Ryder, adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” in 1953, a peace activist who was the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail in one season, walked more than 25,000 miles promoting peace for 28 years
  • July 19, 1902 (1983) – Anna Marie Rosenberg, an assistant secretary of defense (1950 – 1953), served in many other government positions
  • July 21, 1856 (1913) -Louise Bethune, first American woman to work as an architect in 1881
  • July 21, 1905 (1996) – Diana Trilling, literary critic and author, compiled her feminist essays in“We Must March My Darlings” (1977)
  • July 21, 1938 – Janet Reno, first woman to serve as U. S. Attorney General (1993 – 2001, under President Clinton), attorney
  • July 22, 1849 (1887) – Emma Lazarus, poet, wrote “The New Colossus,” (1883), which was later inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”
  • July 22, 1898 (1976) – Miriam Underhill, mountaineer and environmentalist, in first all-women ascent of the Matterhorn in 1932, developed “manless climbing,” which means all-women climbing groups
  • July 23, 1844 (1929) – Harriet Strong, agriculturist, inventor, patented water storage dams
  • July 23, 1892 (1984) – Icie Hoobler, biochemist and physiologist, first woman to head a local section of the American Chemical Society and to serve as its national president, Director of the Research Laboratory of the Children’s Fund of Michigan
  • July 23, 1917 (1984) – Barbara Deming, influential nonviolent activist, writer and poet, marched for peace, civil rights, women’s rights and lesbian and gay rights
  • July 23, 1928 (1999) – Ruth Whitney, ground-breaking editor of “Glamour” magazine for 31 years (1967 – 1998), among the first editors to introduce relevant social topics to a woman’s magazine, and decided to feature the first AfricanAmerican on the cover (1968)
  • July 24, 1920 (1998) – Bella Abzug, lawyer, political activist,U.S. Congressional Representative from New York (1973-77), initiated proposal for Women’s Equality Day
  • July 24, 1897 (1937) – Amelia Earhart noted aviation pioneer and author, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to the mainland
  • July 27, 1891 (1980) – Myrtle Lawrence, sharecropper and labor organizer, worked within biracial Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union from 1936 to 1943, honored on the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train Exhibition
  • July 27, 1906 (1994) – Helen Wolff, editor and publisher, published many acclaimed translations under the imprint “A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book” at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, founded Pantheon Books with her husband in 1942
  • July 28, 1879 (1966) – Lucy Burns, suffragist, formed National Woman’s Party with Alice Paul, picketed the White House for women suffrage and arrested 6 times
  • July 28, 1929 (1994) – Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, First Lady (1961-63), photographer and book editor, established White House Historical Association
  • July 29, 1896 (1986) – Maria L. de Hernandez, Mexican-American activist,helped found several community organizations
  • July 29, 1903 (1989) – Diana Vreeland, legendary fashion icon, born in Paris, columnist (1936) and then fashion editor at “Harper’s Bazaar” until 1962, editor in chief at “Vogue” from 1962 to 1971
  • July 29, 1905 (1994) – Mary Roebling, first woman president of a major bank (1937), first woman governor of theAmerican Stock Exchange (1958-1962), and helped establish the first nationally-chartered bank founded by women (1978)
  • July 29, 1932 – Nancy Kassebaum Baker, U.S. senator from Kansas (1978-1997), first woman to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate, instrumental in creation of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • July 29, 1936 – Elizabeth H. Dole,U.S. Senator from North Carolina (2003-2009), first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation (1983-1987), also served as U.S. Secretary of Labor (1989-1990), becoming the first woman to hold two different cabinet positions under two different presidents, and she was also president of the American Red Cross (1991-1999)
  • July 30, 1939 – Eleanor Smeal, women’s rights activist, co-founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation (1987) and publisher of Ms. Magazine, president of National Organization for Women (1977-1982 and 1985-1987)
  • July 30, 1940 – Patricia Schroeder, U.S. Representative from Colorado (1973-1997), first woman to serve in U.S. Congress from Colorado, first woman on the House Armed Services Committee, promoted the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (1997-2008)
  • July 31, 1879 (1978) – Margarete Bieber,art historian and professor of art and archaeology, second female university professor in Germany (1919) before immigrating to the U.S., taught at Barnard College and Columbia University, published numerous academic texts, named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1971
  • July 31, 1924 (2010) – Geraldine Hoff Doyle, possibly the model for the World War II “We Can Do It” poster which came tosymbolize Rosie the Riveters, women who worked in factories to support the war effort

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Women’s Rights and Women’s Equality Day Resources

If you are going to participate in a 4th of July event, please consider reminding people that 2015 is the 95th anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote.  Consider making copies of the hand-out that you can download from our website Women’s Equality Day Brochure

Queen Latifah / Baby Get Lost / The Dana Owens Album / 2004 / AEG Live/Creative Battery
India.Arie / Wonderful / Acoustic Soul / 2001 / Motown
Joan Osborne / If I Was Your Man / Righteous Love / 2000 / Interscope Records
Florence + The Machine / You’ve Got The Love / Lungs / 2009 / Universal Island Records Ltd.
Joss Stone / Don’t Cha Wanna Ride / Mind Body & Soul / 2004 / curve records
Ana Popovic / How’d You Learn to Shake it Like That? / Still Making History / 2007 / Eclecto Groove
Shaun Murphy / Kiss Me Like Whiskey / Lorettta / / unknown
Laura Rain / All Of Me / Closer / 2014 / LRC
Joanna Connor / Slipping Into Darkness / The Joanna Connor Band / / M.C. Records
Rufus feat. Chaka Khan / Dance with Me / Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan 1975 / 1975 / MCA
CeCe Peniston / Finally / FINALLY / 1992 / A&M
Natalie Cole / This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) / Inseperable / 2008 / Capitol
Melissa Etheridge / Meet Me in the Back / Never Enough / 1992 / Island
Natalia Zukerman / Ice Cream / Only One / 2006 / Talisman Records
Melissa ferrick / Welcome To My Life / Live at Union Hall Brooklyn NY / 2007 / Right On Records
Ani DiFranco / Shameless / Canon / 2007 / Righteous Babe Records
Tracy Chapman / Talking About A Revolution / Tracy Chapman / 1988 / Elektra
The Pretenders / Thin Line Between Love and Hate / Learning to Crawl / 1984 / Warner Bros.
Alabama Shakes / This Feeling / Sound & Color / 2015 / ATO Records
Alabama Shakes / Guess Who / Sound & Color / 2015 / ATO Records
Amy Winehouse / Valerie / Back to Black:B-Sides / 2007 / Universal
Gloria Estefan / Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying / Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me / 1994 / Sony Music
Maria Bello / Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) / Duets Soundtrack / 2000 / Hollywood Records
Bjork / I’ve Seen it All / Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture “Dancer In The Dark”` / 2000 / Elektra
Tony Bennett & kd lang / Dream a Little Dream of Me / A Wonderful World / 2002 / Sony
Shania Twain (featuring Allison Krauss & Union Station) / Coat of Many Colors / Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton / 2003 / Sugar Hill
Janiva Magness / Basass / Original / 2014 / Fathead Records

Indigo Girls / Closer to Fine / Retrospective / 2000 / Epic
Ani DiFranco / Up Up Up Up Up Up / Up Up Up Up Up Up / 1999 / Righteous Babe
Ani DiFranco / Know Now Then / Up Up Up Up Up Up / 1999 / Righteous Babe
Cris Williamson & Tret Fure / Little World Spinning Blue / Postcards from Paradise / 1994 / Olivia Records
Cris Williamson & Tret Fure / My Father’s Hands / Postcards from Paradise / 1994 / Olivia Records
Dar Williams / Iowa / Mortal City / 1996 / Razor & Tie
Barbara Higbie / St. Anne’s Reel/Tip the Canoe / Alive in Berkeley / 2007 / Slow Baby Records
Alix Dobkin / Tje Woman in YOur Life is You / Living With Lavender Jane / 1998 / Wax Works
Jamie Anderson / No CLoset / Center of Balance / 1992 / Tsunami Records
God-Des & She / Inside Your Eyes / Stand Up / 2007 / GOd-Des & She Music
Ferron / Girl on a Road / Driver / 1994 / Earthbeat Records
Teresa Trull & Barbara Higbie / Getting some Fun out of Life / Playtime / 1997 / Slow Baby Records
Holly Near / Singing For Our Lives / Solidarity Songs for Tim DeChristopher’s Trial / 2011 / Peaceful Uprising
Ani DiFranco / Not a Pretty Girl / So Much Shouting So Much Laughter / 2002 / Righteous Babe
Tegan & Sara / This is Everything / 5 Songs from the Phoenix / 2005 / vapor
Indigo Girls / Power of Two / Retrospective / 2000 / Epic
Indigo Girls / Least Complicated / Retrospective / 2000 / Epic
Jamie Anderson / Drive All Night / Drive All Night / 1999 / Tsunami Records
Toshi Reagon / Darling / The Righteous Ones / 1999 / Razor & Tie
The Butchies / She’s So Lovely / Make Yr Life / 2004 / Yep Roc
Tribe 8 / Wrong Bathroom / Snarkism / 1996 / Alternative Tentacles
Luci Blue Tremblay / So Lucky/Limited Vision / Lucie Blue Tremblay / 1986 / Maggie & Shanti Musique Inc. Canada
Cris Williamson & Tret Fure / The Stones from Helen’s Field / Postcards from Paradise / 1994 / Olivia Records


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