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August Women’s History Highlights

August Highlights in US Women’s History
  • August 6, 1965 – Voting Rights Act outlaws the discriminatory literacy tests that had been used to prevent African Americans from voting. Suffrage is finally fully extended to African American women
  • August 8, 1969 – Executive order 11478 issued by President Nixon requires each federal department and agency to establish and maintain an affirmative action program of equal employment opportunity for civilian employees and applicants
  • August 9, 1995 – Roberta Cooper Ramo becomes the first woman to hold the office of president of the American Bar Association
  • August 10, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second woman and 107th Justice to serve on the US Supreme Court
  • August 12, 1972 – Wendy Rue founds the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the largest businesswomen’s organization in the US
  • August 14, 1986 – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper retires from active duty in the US Navy. A pioneering computer scientist and inventor of the computer language COBOL, she was the oldest officer still on active duty at the time of her retirement
  • August 23, 1902 – Fanny Farmer opens the “School of Cookery” in Boston, MA
  • August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is ratified granting women the right to vote Celebrate August 26th Anniversary of Women in US Winning the Vote
  • August 26, 1970 – Betty Friedan leads a nationwide protest called the Women’s Strike for Equality in New York City on the fiftieth anniversary of women’s suffrage
  • August 26, 1971 – The first “Women’s Equality Day,” instituted by Bella Abzug, is established by Presidential Proclamation and reaffirmed annually
  • August 28, 1963 – More than 250,000 gather for a march on Washington, DC, and listen to Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech
  • August 30, 1984 – Judith A. Resnick is the second US woman in space, traveling on the maiden flight of the space shuttle Discovery
August Birthdays
August 1, 1923 (2006) – Beatrice Medicine, Standing Rock Sioux anthropologist, focused on the roles of Lakota women in changes facing their cultures in areas including bilingual education, alcohol and drug use, abuse, socialization of children, and identity needs, author of Learning to Be an Anthropologist and Remaining Native
August 2, 1902 (1997) – Mina Rees, supervised Applied Mathematics Panel contracts that developed electronic computers in World War 2, urged women to enter scientific research, honored by Great Britain and US
August 3, 1904 (1983) – Dolores Del Rio, made movies for 20 years, played mothers to Elvis Presley and Sal Mineo, later established day care facilities for actors
August 4, 1890 (1976) – Barbara Armstrong, architect of U.S. Social Security program, championed a living wage, health care, disability and unemployment insurance
August 4, 1920 – Helen Thomas, former member of the White House Press Corps for United Press from the Kennedy to Obama administrations
August 6, 1903 (1999) -Virginia Durr, worked with Eleanor Roosevelt for civil rights for Afro-Americans, aid to the poor and abolition of the poll tax, aided Rosa Parks
August 6, 1911 (1989) – Lucille Ball, comedian and television executive, starred in TV series “I Love Lucy” from 1950 to 1960, first movie was “Roman Scandals” in 1933
August 9, 1919 (1986) – Leona Libby, only woman on Fermi’s team that helped build the first nuclear reactor and then produced fuel and plutonium for the bomb, later wrote books advocating nuclear power and environmental issues
August 11, 1941 – Elizabeth Holtzman, Democratic Congresswoman from New York (1973-81), on Judiciary and Budget Committees, secured extension for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and encouraged legal action to expel Nazi war criminals
August 12, 1889 (1981) – Zerna Sharp, called the “mother of Dick and Jane,” advised Scott Foresman in the 1930 creation of the popular series for new readers based on theories of John Dewey, with controlled vocabulary, bright action picture stories, and little phonics
August 13, 1893 (1986) – Eva Dykes, first African-American to earn a Ph.D. (in English at Radcliffe in 1921), taught English and Latin for eight years in Dunbar High Public School in Washington, D.C., then joined Howard University’s faculty
August 14, 1899 (1990) – Caroline Ware, pioneer in the “cultural approach to History,” was very articulate in lobbying Congress for the American Association of University Women, United Nations, the Pan American Union, League of Women Voters, and UNESCO
August 14, 1911 (1991) – Ethel Payne, joined Army Special Services, became hostess in Japan, wrote of life for black troops (not integrated until 1961), named “first lady of black press,” was second Afro-American woman to be White House Press correspondent (1951-73)
August 15, 1903 (1984) – Ellen Winston, first federal commissioner of welfare (1963-67), advocated public welfare programs that emphasized prevention, protective and rehabilitative services
August 15, 1913 (1998) – Aurora Castillo, community activist, co-founded Mothers of East Los Angeles that worked against a proposed prison and hazardous waste dump in East Los Angeles
August 15, 1918 (1995) – Fay Knopp, pacifist and feminist, prison reformer, member of Women Strike for Peace, pioneered more humane treatment of prisoners based on compassion and a belief that people can change themselves
August 17, 1891 (1980) – Marion Kenworthy, advanced the adoption of psychodynamic concepts into the theoretical training and clinical practice of psychiatry and social work
August 17, 1893 (1980) – Mae West, appeared on stage from age 7 and in Broadway revues at 18, wrote scripts in Hollywood and acted, was highest paid woman in America during the Depression (over $480,000)
August 17, 1906 (1998) – Hazel Bishop, chemist for Standard Oil (1942-45), developed aviation fuel for jet engines, created a “kiss-proof” lipstick, and then lectured on how to establish good business practices
August 18, 1893 (1982) – Ragini Devi, American specialist in classical and folk ethnographic dances, won acclaim from dance critics passing as a Kashmiri Hindu from 1922 to 1930, wrote Dance Dialects of India in 1972, later performed with her daughter and granddaughter
August 18, 1902 (1991) – Leona Baumgartner, prominent in public health science, campaigned for the Agency for International Development (AID) to distribute birth control information and discourage teenage smoking
August 18, 1927 (1997) – Elaine Hedges, urged the establishment of the Commission on the Status and Education of Women at the 1968 convention of the Modern Language Association, served as chair, 1972-73
August 18, 1927 – Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady, walked with her husband President Jimmy Carter to the White House after he was sworn in, as Jefferson had done, worked on mental health and early childhood issues
August 19, 1895 (1987) – Vera Weisbord, interest in Industrial Workers of the World led to involvement in civil rights struggles, active in Congress of Racial Equality in the 1940s and the women’s rights movement, wrote A Radical Life in 1987
August 19, 1920 (1999) – Donna Allen, founded the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press to publicize and research women’s issues including pollution of milk from nuclear fallout
August 22, 1883 (1984) – Ruth Underhill, anthropologist, studied with Ruth Benedict who encouraged traveling with native women to learn their history, wrote of the Papago culture and then taught their history to children in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools
August 22, 1912 (1996) – Coya Knutson, first Congresswoman from Minnesota, (1954-58), authored legislation dealing with farm bills, education, and health but was defeated after a “Cora, Come Home” letter in 1958
August 23, 1899 (1999) – Grace Chu, emigrated from Shanghai in 1920 with a scholarship from Wellesley College, taught Chinese cooking from 1960, wrote Madame Chu’s Cooking School in 1975
August 26, 1898 (1979) – Peggy Guggenheim, started buying modern art in 1939 and introduced these artists in major shows in the 1940s, supported Djuna Barnes for years
August 26, 1908 (1986) – Cynthia Wedel, sought leadership roles for women in her work with the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, published pamphlets urging people to acknowledge change
August 26, 1935 (2011) – Geraldine Ferraro, New York Congresswoman, first woman to run for Vice President of the U.S. on a major party (with Democratic candidate Walter Mondale)
August 29, 1913 (1991) – Sylvia Kaye, wrote scripts and lyrics, penned dialogues for Danny Kaye, donated a million dollars to Hunter College Playhouse
August 30, 1907 (1992) – Luisa Moreno, emigrated from Guatemala in 1939, created first national Latino civil rights assembly, worked with the Food, Tobacco, and Allied Workers of America (FTA), deported on charges of her radical past in 1947

Womyn Making Waves-July 29, 2012 host barb/kitten

Mustang Sally Sugar Beats Sugar Beats: Car Tunes – Fresh Versions of Retro Pop for Parents and Kids That Are Going Places Sugar Beat Entertainment
Emma’s Revolution Revolutionary Mind Preview Preview
Hope Eyrie – Leslie Fish Various Artists To Touch The Stars — A Musical Celebration Of Space Exploration Prometheus 1976
Space Child Lullaby Wild Mercy Dream Of A Far Light Small Green Alien Productions 2008
Star Fire – Cynthia McQuillin Various Artists To Touch The Stars — A Musical Celebration Of Space Exploration Prometheus 1983
Stars Janis Ian Working Without A Net (Disc 2) Rude Girl 2003
Little Stars Four Bitchin’ Babes Beyond Bitchin’ Sanachie 2005
To the Stars Erin McKeown We Will Become Like Birds Nettwerk 2005
The Stars Evalyn Parry Small Theatres Songs Borealis Records 2007
Space Invader The Pretenders Pretenders Rhino 1980
The Sky And The Dawn And The Sun Celtic Woman A New Journey Manhattan Records 2007
Stars Herdman Hills And Mangsen Voices Flying Fish 1990
Birthed Of Fire And Water Abby Parks The Homeplace Self published 2009
Sky LEA Great Big World Feelgood Records 2006
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance Mca Nashville 2000
Mama, I’m Coming Home Lily Holbrook Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt Back Porch 2005
Fall Down or Fly Lindi Ortega Little Red Boots Last Gang Records 2011
Skyward Marcia Sloane Skyward Navarro River Music 2005
Beautiful Soul Margie Adam The Best Of Margie Adam Pleiades 1990
Eternity Marianne Faithfull Horses And High Heels Naive 2010
Tiny Star Marybeth D’Amico The Light Inside LongMan Records, LtD. 2011
Crystal Ball Mary Lorson And The Soubrettes BurnBabyBurn Jane Dog Records 2011
Nostalgia Maureen Andary Nostalgia Self published 2008
soaring Meg Christian/Cris Williamson Meg and Cris at Carnegie Hall Olivia 1982
Underneath a Red Moon N’dea Davenport Lilith Fair: A Celebration Of Women In Music, Vol. 3 Arista 1998
Your Sun And Moon Nancy Cassidy Song Of Joy Twitter Twatter Music 2012
Mama’s House Naomi Sommers Gentle As The Sun American Melody 2008
Heart Medley Nice Purse Black Medal SO(tm) 2010
Rainbow Oh Land Oh Land Epic 2011
Like You Don’t Know Pamela Machala Golden Delicious Pamela Machala 2012
Fairies Wear Boots Ii Pamela Staron Pamela Staron Pamela Staron 2007
It Must Be Sunday Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow The Right Stuff 1974
Baby Girl (Maggies Song) South Side Cindy State of Mind Sour Wine Records 2012
The Sequin Song Rachael Sage Haunted By You Planetary 2012
That Kind Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden Unfolding Self published 2012
Five Things To Do Today Jean Synodinos Girls, Good & Otherwise Fortunate Records 2012

Women’s Resources Center Newsletter July 27,2012

Volume 2/Issue 22: July 27, 2012

Local “townie” in 2012 Summer Olympics!

Gia Lewis-Smallwood is in London and participating in the Summer Olympics! Gia will be competing for medals in her first Olympics in the women’s discus on August 3, 2012—watch her compete and cheer her on!! We wish her the best!! What a great way to be reminded of the importance of Title IX of the Education Act as it celebrates 40 years of equality in educational opportunities for girls and women! Learn more about the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games @ http://www.london2012.com/.

Summer Days at the WRC!!

Monday—July 30 @ 5:30pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Women’s Summer Support Group for female students who have experienced sexual assault/abuse or abuse within a relationship. The goal of the group is to help cope with emotional trauma and build a sense of support and community. Discussions will focus on fears, shame, trust, disclosure, current and future relationships, overcoming disruptions in daily living, and options and resources. Call 333-3137 or email womenscenter@illinois.edu for more information.


Thursday—August 2 @ 5pm @ Women’s Resources Center—First Zumba Fitness Party Join us for a Zumba Fitness Party filled with fun and fitness. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. We will meet every Thursday in August from 5-6:30pm.  WRC is a supportive and comfortable environment. Everyone welcome. FREE!!


Thursday—August 2 @ 5pm @ Courtyard Café; Illini Union—Summer Book Club Week 4Fat: The Story of My Life with My Body.Come join us for week four of the Summer Book Club as we discuss the award-winning Fat: The Story of My Life with My Body by writer and scholar Jean Braithwaite.

Coming in August @ the women’s center—Fall Semester & Welcome Week!

Monday—August 27 @ 12pm @ Women’s Resources Center (2nd floor, 703 S. Wright Street; C.—Dish It Up presents “Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX of the Education Act” Menah Pratt-Clarke, Assistant Provost and Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will speak about Title IX and its importance to the development of educational opportunities of girls and women, including athletics. Free lunch and presentation/discussion.


Thursday—September 6 @ 5pm—Arcade Courtyard with entrance @ Wright Street (behind the Career Center) or @ John Street (behind Student Services Building) *RAIN LOCATION: Women’s Resources Center—Welcome Back(yard) BBQ! Join the Women’s Resources Center for a backyard BBQ featuring music, games, and fun! Bring your friends, make new friends and get to know your campus women’s center! FREE—everyone welcome!


Saturday—September 8 @ 12pm @ Orchard Downs  Community Center; 1841 Orchard Place, U—Welcome Week Family Fest Join the Women’s Resources Center and Orchard Downs Family and Graduate Housing for a fun and festive Family Fest program, especially designed for student who are parents and their children. All are invited for fun and activities featuring a sing-a-long, outdoor and indoor activities, food, and a resource fair!

Welcome Week Events on Campus!

Saturday—August 25 @ 5:00pm @ Foellinger Auditorium—Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center’s Wake Up Call!


Sunday—August 26 @ 4pm @ Nevada Street between Mathew & Goodwin, U—Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations BRINGS IT with Taste of Nevada Street Block Party!! FREE—MUSIC, DANCING, FUN, FOOD, GAMES—FREE!! A great time to reunite with old friends, meet new people and tour the cultural centers!

Wings #13-12 Interview with Sr. Rosalie Bertell

WINGS #13-12 Rosalie Bertell
(Frieda Werden)
This mathematician’s contributions to public health will be missed.
Program Title: WINGS #13-12 Rosalie Bertell
Description: On June 14, 2012, with shockingly little attention from the press, one of the world’s most modest, public-spirited, and quietly influential scientists passed away. This program recalls her diligent analysis and persistent truth-telling, about factors like pollution and radiation that affect communities’ health.

Host(s): Frieda Werden, Laura Flanders
Featured Speakers/Guests: Dr. Rosalie Bertell, biometrist, epidemiologist, and founder of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Credits: Based on an interview by Laura Flanders; adaptation for WINGS by Frieda Werden.
Comments: The original interview first aired in WINGS in 1994

Obituary Dr, Rosalie Bertell April 4, 1929—June 14, 2012

Womyn Making Waves will be playing an interview with Sister Bertell on the Wings/Feminist Effusion portion of the show on July 29.

Obituary: Dr Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, PhD Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012 2:04 am
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Sister Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, PhD

Sister Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, PhD, an internationally recognized environmental epidemiologist, cancer researcher and public health advocate, died 14 June, 2012, at age 83 in Saint Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA, in the 54th year of her religious life. She was the daughter of the late Paul G Bertell and Helen Twohey Bertell of Buffalo, NY.

Dr Bertell entered the field of cancer research at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo in the 1970s. What started there grew into a lifetime devoted to research, writing, public speaking and advocacy work on the effects of low-level radiation on human health.

Prior to founding the International Institute of Concern for Public Health in Toronto, Canada in 1984, she was an Energy/Public Health specialist at the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto for four years.

Sister traveled the globe, researching and advising ways of dealing with the chemical and nuclear hazards which endanger the environment and erode the health of people worldwide until shortly before her death.

Sister Rosalie authored two books, No Immediate Danger (1985) and Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War (2000) ) and more than a hundred articles.

She was named to the Global 500 Roll of Honour 1993 (United Nations Environment Programme) and was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, December, 1986. Among other accolades, Sister received numerous honorary doctorates in recognition of her scholarly and professional work and her efforts as a social justice advocate.

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Worlds of Wonder Weekly Words on Women #4

[Weekly Words on Women] Raising Kids in A Gamer Environment

I’m a mom. I’ve made no bones about it, but I don’t talk about the act of raising my kids, or how my home life works much. I’m just not a “mommy blogger” and have no desire to be one.

BLECH. No thank you.

The main reason is that I exist outside of my kids. I am a whole person, and not just “so-and-so’smommy”. I have this crazy idea that someday they will move out and be independent people, and for them to do that, *I* have to be a person for them to learn from.

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Worlds of Wonder Weekly Words on Women #5

Loquacious talks about being a woman who owns a game store. I think she’s being too modest. The risk her partner took when he became a full time game store operator was her risk as well, and she worked, and still works, her ass off to provide the infrastructure of support needed  to get the store off the ground and keep it going.

A few of you know that I own a FLGS. I talk about it here now and then, and a lot more often over here.

I work at the store at least once a week, and more often if I’m needed or if I can. That leaves a lot of time that I am not there. For the most part, the store operations are run by TheDude and our employees.

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