Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 to October 15
September Highlights in US Women’s History
- Sept 12, 1910 – Alice Stebbins Wells, a former social worker, becomes the first woman police officer with arrest powers in US (Los Angeles, CA)
- Sept 14, 1964 – Helen Keller receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom along with 4 other women: Dr. Lena Edwards, Lynn Fontainne, Dr. Helen Taussig, and Leontyne Price
- Sept 14, 1975 – Elizabeth Ann Seton is canonized. She is the first American-born saint, and founded the first U.S. Order of Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph
- Sept 20, 1973 – Billie Jean King defeats Bobby “No broad can beat me” Riggs in the battle of the sexes tennis match
- Sept 25, 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the first woman U.S. Supreme Court justice
- Sept 26, 1971 – Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York) announces she will enter the Democratic presidential primaries
- Sept 26, 1973 – Capt. Lorraine Potter, an American Baptist minister, is the first woman U.S. Air Force chaplain
- Sept 29, 1988 – Stacy Allison becomes first U.S. woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
- Sept 1, 1933 (2006) – Ann Richards, second woman elected governor of Texas (1990)
- Sept 2, 1948 (1986) – Christa McAuliffe, NH teacher, selected in 1985 to be the first teacher in space; died aboard space shuttle Challenger
- Sept 3, 1920 (1966) – Marguerite Higgins, first woman to win Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting (1951) for coverage of the Korean War
- Sept 6, 1860 (1935) – Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago, first major settlement house. First American woman to receive Nobel Peace Prize (1931); helped establish American Civil Liberties Union (1920)
- Sept 8, 1859 (1918) – Mary M. Kimball Kehew, union organizer, cofounder of the Union for Industrial Progress (1892); first president of National Women’s Trade Union League (1903)
- Sept 14, 1830 (1910) – Emily Edson Briggs, first woman White House correspondent, during Lincoln’s administration; first president of Women’s National Press Assn. (1882)
- Sept 14, 1879 (1966) – Margaret Sanger, pioneer in birth control and sex education; founded predecessor to Planned Parenthood
- Sept 18, 1905 (1993) – Agnes De Mille, dancer, choreographer, pioneer of the American Ballet Theater
- Sept 20, 1946 – Judith Baca, Latina visual artist and muralist; community activist.
- Sept 23, 1863 (1954) – Mary Church Terrell, first president of National Assn. of Colored Women (1896); picketed in Washington DC for suffrage and desegregation
- Sept 23, 1838 (1927) – Victoria Woodhull, feminist, first woman candidate for U.S. President (1872) for the Equal Rights Party; with sister, first women to be members of the NY Stock Exchange (1870’s)
Please feel free to use this information in any of your newsletters or forward it to colleagues or other interested parties. A year-round women’s history calendar is available on our website www.nwhp.org in the News and Events category.
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