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Womyn Making Waves playlist December 29 2013

Amanda Palmer / Who Killed Amanda Palmer / Who Killed Amanda Palmer / 2008 / Roadrunner
Tori Amos / Our New Year / Midwinter Graces / 2009 / Universal/WEA
Au Revior Simone / Stars / The Bird of Music / 2007 / Our Secret Record Label
ISSA / When We are Queen / Dragon Dreams / 2008 / CD Baby
SHEL / When the Dragon Came Down / When the Dragon Came Down / 2011 / Moraine Music Group
Marla Mase / Lioness / SPEAK / 2011 / CDBY
Lola Regenthal / I Raise a Glass / With You / 2011 / Origin
Jocelyn Medina / We Are Water / We Are Water / 2011 / self-released
NeeMA / Bone to Pick With You / Watching You Think / 2011 / Sony
Jenai Huff / The Distance Between (The Woman I Want to Be) / Transitions / 2011 / Grimm Rising
Jenai Huff / Never Easy, Never Free / Transitions / 2011 / Grimm Rising
February Sky / Child of the Future / Time-Honored Pathways / 2009 / February Sky Productions
Elizabeth Cook / El Camino / welder / 2010 / 31 Tigers
Susan Wylde / Georgia on My Mind / In The Light / 2011 / Sun, Moon & Stars Entertainment
Holly Near / I Really Didn’t Want To / Crushed! / 2011 / Calico Tracks Music
Barbra Streisand / The Way We Were / Memories / 1981 / Sony
Deidre McCalla / With a Little Luck / With a Little Luck / 2003 / Olivia
Ella Fitzgerald / What Are You Doing (This New Year’s Eve) / video / 2012 / youtube
Peggy Lee / I Am Woman / I Am Woman / 1963 / Sony
Zakiya Hooker / End of the World Blues / Keeping It Real / 2009 / Boogie With The Hook
Aretha Frankiln / Let It Be / This Girl’s In Love With You / 1993 / Atlantic
Ann Rabson with Bob Margolin / Let’s Get Drunk and Truck / Not Alone / 2012 / Vizztone
Diana Ross & the Supremes / Ain’t No Mountain High Enough / Joined Together: the complete studio sessions / 2004 / Motown
Reformed Whores / Girl Crush / Ladies Don’t Spit / 2012 / CD Baby
Janis Ian / Mary’s Eyes / Unreleased 1 / 1999 / Rude Girl
Three Weird Sisters / Like Their Feet Have Wings / Hair Of The Frog / 2004 / Bedlam House
Allison Krauss / You Asked Me To / I’ve Always Been Crazy / 2003 / RCA
Lucy Kaplansky / Line in the Sand / The Red Thread / 2004 / Red House Records
Anne Hills / The Moons Song / Points of View / 2009 / Appleseed Records
Luciana Souza / The Guide / The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop / 2000 / SCC
Indigo Girls / Blood and Fire / Indigo Girls / 1989 / Epic
Janis Ian / Sunflakes Fall, Snowrays Call / Society’s Child (The Verve Recordings) / 1969 / Verve

Pussy Riot Freed!!! via USA Today and WINGS and more links from WINGS

Women’s International News Gathering Service on facebook click the link and follow WINGS on facebook.



Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova, 24, andMaria Alekhina, 25, were released from prison, three months before their scheduled release, according to Reuters. The two women and fellow band memberYekaterina Samutsevich were arrested for performing
Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away fromMoscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on February 21, 2012. Their crime: “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility.”

The Candy Show

Bangladesh Garment Workers

Autism’s forgotten female population

Extending Women’s Service in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force)


Playlist For December 15 2013 Host:Birdie

Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” from Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman “Bridges” from Crossroads
Alanis Morissette “Can’t Not” from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Beth Blatt “One Woman” from song.unwomen.com
Alix Dobkin “The Girls Want to be With the Girls” from Yahoo Australia!
Basia Bulat “Paris Or Amsterdam” from Tall Tall Shadow
Blossom Dearie “Feelin’ Groovy” from Blossom Dearie Gold – Original Vintage Recordings
Casey Weston “Headed West” from Find the Moon
Cher “I WALK ALONE” from Closer To the Truth
Cyndi Lauper and Ani Difranco “Sisters of Avalon” from Decades Rock
Dunia “Lost In The Music” from Lost In the Music
Driftwood Fire “LET IT ALL GO” from How to Untangle a Heartache
Vienna Teng “Grandmother Song” from Inland Territory
Ursula Ricks “MY STREET” from My Street
Oleta Adams “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” from The Very Best of Oleta Adams
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks “Sorry You’re Sick” from The Love I Have for You
Nona Hendryx “Strange Fruit” from Mutatis Mutandis
Patty Griffin “One More Girl” from Silver Bell
Lisa Engelken “Blue Valentines” from Little Warrior
Margie Adam “Best Friend (The Unicorn Song)” from The Best Of Margie Adam
Shauna Burns “Portobello” from Violet
Suzanne Vega “Caramel” from Nine Objects of Desire
Yasmin Levy “HALLELUJAH” from Sentir
Melissa Etheridge “ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN” from Your Little Secret
Natacha Atlas “Feen” from Mish maoul
Feminism FAQS “What Is Girlie Feminism?”
Dykeotomy “Who’s The Man?”
Judy Grahn “A History of Lesbianism” from Lesbian Concentrate
Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters “Cherry Wine” from Double Crossing Blues
Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” from Never Been Gone
Christine Lavin “Here Comes Hurricane Season” from Happydance of the Xenophobe
Court Yard Hounds “Phoebe” from Amelita
Cris Williamson & Tret Fure “John Deere” from Radio Quiet
Suzi Stern “Sleepwalking Girl” from Romancing The Dark
Sarah Alden “Aunt Viola’s Waltz” from Fists of Violets
Cara Luft “Only Love Can Save Me” from Darlingford
Carmen Rizzo “Romancia” CD ALBUM (Electrofone 2013)
Robin Greenstein “I Never Will Marry” from Images of Women, Vol. 2
Della Mae “Maybeline” from This World Oft Can Be
Mavis Staples “I Like the Things About Me” from One True Vine

Women’s Resources Center Newsletter-Dec 13 2013

Women’s Resources Center—Newsletter—Volume 5/Issue 15—December 13, 2013

This Week’s Activities @ WRC:

Best Wishes as you take finals and finish projects & assignments! We, at the women’s center, hope the semester ends on a sense of accomplishment and success! Hope your break is filled with all things joyful and the New Year brings great promise!! If you are graduating—Congratulations!

Monday – December 16 @ 7:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Illini Art Therapy. Come participate in art workshops led by the Illini Art Therapy Association! Take a break from your classes and create art for self-reflection, self-knowledge and empowerment. You don’t have to be creative or artistic- though you may find out that you are! You’ll be encouraged and guided in making images and writing that help you to reflect and reconnect with your emotions and aspirations.

Events This Week @ OIIR Cultural Centers/Units:

Join us for the 3rd Annual–Illinois Interfaith Conference:

February 28-March 2, 2014 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Register today for the Illinois Interfaith Conference! The conference is free for University of Illinois students, staff, faculty, and local allies for the entire weekend. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.illinoisinterfaithservice.org or register here. The conference will be held at the Ikenberry SDRP, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign. Registration closes February 14, 2014. Fabulous Sessions

IIC14 includes nationally recognized keynote speakers [like student activist Balpreet Kaur], a campus staff pre-conference [featuring Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart], workshops led by student leaders, community activists, and student affairs professionals, and a meal-packaging service project to talk about Why We Serve.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: Students, campus staff and allies, and community leaders are invited to submit proposals for the Illinois Interfaith Conference. To learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal visit the Conference Call for Proposals page here. Submit your proposals by January 24, 2014. It’s going to be amazing – we hope you can join us in February! Illinois Interfaith Conference

Co-sponsors: The Illinois Interfaith Conference is part of the Illinois Interfaith & Community Service Challenge. We are made up of a number of University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana area organizations. Co-sponsors to the conference include OIIR’s Diversity & Social Justice Education, Interfaith in Action, University Housing, University YMCA, and the Religious Workers’ Association. IIC14 is also sponsored by NASPA Region IV-E Spirituality & Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community. Pending funding from SORF and SCPF.

Get to know all events and activities happening at the cultural centers and departments in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations: http://oiir.illinois.edu/

Out & About on Campus and the CU Community:

Saturday – December 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ 9 E University Ave, Champaign IL, Opening Reception | Not Just Noise. An exhibition of artwork from six individuals linked by their passion to visually convey the underground music they love. Together the artwork stands as not only a visual accompaniment to music, but a tool to express the interests, ethics and, sound of a scene.(Weekdays 6-8pm, Saturdays 1pm-7pm, Sundays 10am-5pm). https://www.facebook.com/events/785911004768409/

2014 Black and Latino Male Summit: Saturday, February 22, 2014 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

Call for Proposals: The 2014 Black and Latino Male Summit (BLMS) provides a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss issues on manhood and to develop strategies to achieve academic success, professional development, and wellness. Furthermore, the organizers and sponsors of this summit seek to promote camaraderie, coalition building, and community between Black and Latino men at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Last year’s event was attended by about 100 students, community members and administrators; summit participants came from an array of colleges and universities: 2-year, 4-year, public and private. We want to match last year’s energy and output.

The Summit organizers encourage submission of innovative proposals that address the conference’s focus on Black and Latino Males in Higher Education and that consider the following issues: Issues in Urban Environments – This area will focus on the effects of socioeconomic status, activism, and coalition building within our communities; Professional Development – This area will focus on networking, the academic advantages of receiving mentorship, business etiquette and how Black and Latino males can further develop their leadership to help them be successful as students and as professionals; Navigating Social Norms and Stigmas – This area will focus on the issues of what fatherhood, manhood and masculinity is, how to develop healthy relationships and how to be personally and financially stable; Higher Education – This area will focus on the presence or lack thereof Black and Latino males in higher education; the opportunities and challenges presented to men of color in the academy (i.e. matriculation, graduate school access, campus climate); and mentorship.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 24, 2014 (5:00pm CST) Proposals can be submitted through the following link: http://oiir.illinois.edu/2014BLMSCallForProposals

Other News and Information/Opportunities for YOU!

Accepting Applications for the Maria Pia Gratton International Award. The Maria Pia Gratton International Award was established as a living tribute to Maria Pia Gratton by her family and friends. The award provides $10,000 to a female international graduate student studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants should be either currently enrolled graduate students with at least two semesters remaining in academic year 2014-15 or applying to begin graduate study in academic year 2014-15. Deadline: February 17, 2014. To learn more or apply, please visit http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=schgratton. Questions about the Maria Pia Gratton International Award should be directed to Amanda Purnell, Coordinator of International Scholarships at apurnell@illinois.edu.

Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Spring 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program! This opportunity is for undergraduate and/or graduate students. The program introduces the participants to mediation concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! There are a variety of practice scenarios, including roommate, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume. The online application is available now! Visit http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/crt/default.asp for the application and for more information. Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. from February 4 to April 8, 2014 (no session over Spring Break).

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship – A University YMCA Program. The Fred S. Bailey Scholarship awards over $100,000 in financial aid to University of Illinois students who demonstrate a deep commitment to service and action. Begin applying NOW. For full details see this link: http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/

Alternative Spring Break is a student-run program of the YMCA sending service trips across the country during all U of I breaks. Fall and Winter applications are currently open, with a variety of trips dealing with a range of social justice issues and environmental concerns. Visit illinoisasb.org to start your fall or winter adventure:) Email external@illinoisasb.org with any questions.

Are you a female leader on your campus? Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service? Do you want to be part of the next generation of powerful female leaders who are making a difference in communities across Illinois? This June 2-6 in Chicago you can take the first step in gaining the skills and connections you’ll need to reach your goals. NEW Leadership Illinois provides college leaders opportunities to network with and learn from many of Illinois’ most prominent female leaders. NEW Leadership Illinois is a yearly bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. This all expenses paid program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government. Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to apply. Students should attend a college or university in Illinois or should be an Illinois resident, and must have junior or senior standing in June 2014. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014. Click here to learn more and to apply.

NEW Leadership Illinois 2014 | June 2-6, 2014 | University of Illinois at Chicago. NEW Leadership Illinois is hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly. To apply, visit: igpa.uillinois.edu/pe/new-leadership. For more information, contact igpa-newl@uillinois.edu or (217) 300-2365

Office of Minority Student Affairs The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a federal grant (PCRP Project) to fund students interested in earning a master’s degree, with an emphasis on working with young children, ages birth to six, with disabilities and their families. The focus of this master’s degree program is to prepare personnel who have expertise in young children’s social-emotional development as a foundation for providing culturally responsive and evidence-based services. This is a 2 year full-time master’s program on the Champaign-Urbana campus. There are no online courses at the present time. [Note: If you already have an Illinois Professional Educator License and the ECE Endorsement (formerly known as the Type 04 teaching certificate), one of the program options for our master’s degree includes the coursework and field experience required by the Illinois State Board of Education for the ESL Endorcement.] Interested individuals should apply to the graduate master’s (Infancy/Early Childhood) program in the Department of Special Education. Deadline for receipt of admission applications is April 1, 2014 for enrollment beginning Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 semester. For more information about the application process and admission deadlines, visit: http://education.illinois.edu/sped/AdmissionsMasters.html. Applicants should indicate their interestin the PCRP funding in the goal statement component of the application materials. If accepted into the program, funding consists of a traineeship stipend, a tuition waiver, and waiver of some fees. Funding is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Attached to this funding is a service obligation to be fulfilled after completion of the degree: two years of service in a professional setting that benefits young children with disabilities for every one-year of funding accepted. This service obligation can be met through paid employment in the early childhood special education field anywhere in the continental United States. For more details about the ECSE master’s program, PCRP Project funding, or service obligation, contact Dr. Mary-Alayne Hughes, PCRP Project Director, at mahughes@illinois.edu.

The Udall Foundation offers two amazing opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students and we would love for you to forward this information to students involved with AIGSA. The Udall Scholarship: This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to 50 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy, Native Health Care, or the Environment (you must be a Native American/Alaska Native to be eligible in the first two categories). Udall Scholars also get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation in August and gain lifetime membership to a growing and active alumni network. Deadline, MARCH 5, 2014: (http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx)

Native American Congressional Internship: This ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. is for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and stipend at the close of the program. (http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/NACInternship/NACInternship.aspx) Deadline, JANUARY 31, 2014.

The 2nd Women of Color Student Conference (formerly the Women of Color Student Summit), sponsored by the Women’s Center, will be held on March 29-30, 2014 in Coffman Memorial Union on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. The conference, entitled Loving Each Other Harder: Women of Color, Community and the Intersections of Our Identities, is a continuation of the conversations that began in 2011 with the inaugural Summit, Safe Spaces, Critical Connections. The first Summit centered around the themes of community-building, activism, leadership, and dialogue. Loving Each Other Harder will continue and expand upon those themes, and provide an opportunity for attendees to examine these ideas in the context of intersectionality. What are the multiple identities of women of color? How do they affect the learning, leading and living experiences of women of color students, particularly at predominantly white institutions (PWIs)? How do these identities affect how women of color see and work with one another?

Call for Proposals: The Conference Planning Committee invites organizations and individuals (faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members) to submit proposals for workshops for the 2014 conference. To submit a proposal, please fill out the Workshop Proposal form (in Microsoft Word format or electronically via Google Docs) and return it to the Women’s Center via email at women@umn.edu or fax at 612-625-9682 no later than January 6, 2014. Because of limited space, not all workshops can be selected. We will give priority to those that make direct connections to the areas of emphasis listed below. If you submit a proposal, you will be notified of its status by January 17, 2014. Presenters will then have until January 31, 2014 to confirm their attendance and register for the conference.

The campus and community programs/events listed do not reflect the views of Women’s Resources Center or the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. WRC newsletters are a weekly service designed to provide information and updates on the women’s community and the general campus community. This newsletter is sent out every Friday. Any campus departments, student organizations or community groups that would like to submit events or announcements to the newsletter must submit detailed information, including contact information, to Pat Morey @ pmorey@illinois.edu by Thursday at 12pm (noon).We reserve the right to edit announcements.

Playlist For December 1 2013 Host: Birdie

Lauren Fairweather/Lena “Guacamole Ukulele” from I’m Saying Nothing
Ani DiFranco “IN or OUT” from Imperfectly
Judy Small “You Don’t Speak For Me” from HomeFront ]
Peggy Seeger “Space Girl’s Song” from A Fish That’s a Song
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks “Night LIfe” from The Love I Have for You
Dykeotomy “Bra Burning Lesbians” O
Amy Downing “Army Wives: League Of Extraordinary Women” from Soldier’s Wife
Kellye Gray “Dang Me” from And, They Call Us Cowboys
Basia Bulat “SOMEONE” from Tall Tall Shadow
Sookee “Bitches Butches Dykes & Divas”
Cher “Sirens” from Closer To the Truth
Court Yard Hounds “Rock All Night” from Amelita
Adrienne Rich “Diving Into The Wreck”
Eurythmics “Here Comes the Rain Again (Live)” from Touch Joni Mitchell “Cactus Tree” from amchitka
Sally Barris “Wilder Girl” from Wilder Girls
Donna Ulisse “In the Good Old Days When Times Were Bad” from Showin’ My Roots
Shauna Burns “Above Abiquiu” from Violet
Monica Grabin “Female Suffrage” from HerStory – American Women in Song Patty Larkin “Green Behind the Ears” from Still Green
Molasses Gospel “Your Wild Mind” SINGLE
Lindi Ortega “Gypsy Child” from Tin Star
Thea Gilmore “This Is How You Find the Way” from Regardless
Indigo Girls “Love’s Recovery” from Indigo Girls (Expanded Edition) Lily Kershaw “Bathed in Blue” from Midnight in the Garden
Blossom Dearie “Discover Who I Am” from Blossom Dearie Gold – Original Vintage Recordings
Marilyn Wann “Flabulous”
Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters “Sad Night Owl
Disappear Fear “START” from Broken Film
Carrie Lyn Infusion “Chorus Of Life” from STAGES
Petula Clark “Downtown (New Version)” from Voices: Simply the Best
Burning Bridget Cleary “Pressed For Time” from Pressed for Time

December Highlights in Women’s History via NWHP–Happy Rosa Parks Day

December Women’s History Events and Birthdays

December Highlights in US Women’s History

December 1, 1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white person; her arrest sparks the modern civil rights movement in the US
December 5, 1935 – Mary McLeod Bethune creates the National Council of Negro Women
December 7, 1941 – Capt. Annie Fox receives the first Purple Heart awarded to a woman for her service while under attack at Pearl Harbor
December 10, 1869 – Wyoming is the first territory to give women the right to vote
December 10, 1938 – Pearl S. Buck receives the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Good Earth
December 13, 1993 – Susan A. Maxman becomes first woman president of the American Institute of Architects in its 135 year history
December 14, 1961 – President’s Commission on the Status of Women is established to examine discrimination against women and ways to eliminate it
December 14, 1985 – Wilma Mankiller is sworn in as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma – the first woman in modern history to lead a major Native American tribe
December 17, 1993 – Judith Rodin is named president of Univ. of Pennsylvania, the first woman to head an Ivy League institution
December 28, 1967 – Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to own a seat on the N.Y. Stock Exchange
December Birthdays

December 1, 1893 (1981) – Dorothy Detzer, worked at Hull House where she investigated child labor infringements for several years, national secretary of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (1924-46) where she became known as the “Lady Lobbyist” in Congress, respected for her research and integrity – no personal favors, private dinners or backroom deals
December 1, 1913 (1990) – Mary Martin, actress, her Broadway break came in 1938 with singing of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” continued in New York and Hollywood with “Annie Get Your Gun,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Hello, Dolly”
December 2, 1886 (1976) – Josephine Roche, after gaining control of her late father’s Colorado coal mine operation in 1927, invited the United Mine Workers to organize workers and get contracts, supervised the Public Health Service as part of FDR’s administration, made recommendations for 1935 Social Security and tried to encourage universal health coverage, named one of 10 outstanding women in the U.S. in 1936
December 2, 1911 (1991) – Harriet Pilpel, lawyer, worked with the Guttmacher Institute from 1962 to support family planning for all and universal contraceptive use
December 2, 1923 (1977) – Maria Callas, operatic soprano, perfected bel canto voice and won acclaim in 1949 in Wagnerian role of Brunnhilde as well as high-flying Bellini traditional roles, but her extreme self-motivation and fierce ambition played out by 1965
December 3, 1842 (1911) – Ellen Swallow Richards, first woman to graduate from MIT (1873), recognized as the creator of the fields of ecology and home economics, co-founder of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, which became the American Association of University Women
December 3, 1895 (1995) – Te Ate, interpreter of Cherokee, Chickasawa, Creek, Choctaw and other tribes in theater performances of these original cultures, entertained, educated, enlightened and inspired Americans like Eleanor Roosevelt and visitors like English royalty
December 5, 1890 (1990) – Mildred Olmsted, activist, advocate of Gandhian concept of nonviolent direct action, organization secretary of the Pennsylvania branch of WILPF, held leadership roles in SANE and ACLU
December 6, 1815 (1884) – Jane Swisshelm, suffragist, wrote articles for local papers against slavery, for women’s rights, and against legal inequities, led to close friendship with Mary Todd Lincoln
December 6, 1887 (1983) – Lynn Fontanne, actress, met Alfred Lunt in 1919 and both became popular stars by 1931, played 160 parts, many created by playwrights especially for them
December 6, 1927 (2002) – Patsy Mink, first Japanese-American Congresswoman (D-HI), wrote the Women’s Educational Equity Act, played a key role in the enactment of Title IX, which was renamed posthumously as the “Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act”
December 6, 1967 Helen Greiner a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks and is a Trustee of the Museum of Science (Boston); on the Computer Science Advisory Board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and a Director of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
December 8, 1919 (1985) – Julia Robinson, her logic and number theory resulted in theorems she discovered solving Hilbert’s Tenth Problem about 1970, assumed the presidency of the American Mathematical Society, awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
December 9, 1906 (1997) – Esther Peterson, as head of the Commission on the Status of Women was the most powerful woman in the Kennedy administration, fought for women’s rights, especially improvements in working women’s conditions, awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Carter in 1981
December 9, 1906 (1992) – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, pioneering computer scientist who invented the compiler and co-invented COBOL, computer programming languages
December 10, 1830 (1886) – Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most famous and prolific poets
December 11, 1892 (1982) – Harriet Adams, after the 1930 death of her father, who had syndicated the publishing of juvenile books, she and her sister continued his practice with many titles in the Nancy Drew series which were plotted and then written by ghost writers
December 13, 1903 (1986) – Ella Baker, organizer, tried to develop local leaders for civil rights campaigns but found male leaders in the NAACP quite unwilling to delegate power, helped lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference until Dr. King took over, worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
December 14, 1897 (1995) – Margaret Chase Smith, first woman elected to both houses of Congress (R-ME), serving 8 years in the House of Representatives and 24 in the Senate, first in Senate to challenge Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade
December 14, 1955. Jill Pipher, president of the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM, 2011-), and first director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM, 2011-), an NSF-funded mathematics institute.
December 15, 1913 (1980) – Muriel Rukeyser, poet, won Yale Younger Poets award in 1935 for her first book, Theory of Flight, wrote 13 other poetry books, some with anti-war themes, took inspiration from travels to Hanoi and South Vietnam, The Book of the Dead dealt with silicone miners
December 16, 1844 (1928) – Fanny Garrison Villard, suffragist and philanthropist, provided financial support for certified milk and wholesome food in Diet Kitchen, provided funds for Barnard College, Radcliffe College and Hampton Institute, supported peace and woman suffrage with street speeches and parades, worked with the Women’s Peace Party
December 16, 1901 (1978) – Margaret Mead, renowned cultural anthropologist, author, lecturer
December 17, 1853 (1945) – Harriet Taylor Upton, joined suffrage movement in 1890 when converted by Susan Anthony, became treasurer of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, testified in Congress, managed suffrage campaigns and ratification drive in Ohio, held positions in the Republican Party, defeated for Congress at age 70
December 19, 1919 (2007) – Sally Ann Lilienthal, founder of Ploughshares in 1981 which gave fifty million dollars in grants to promote peace, reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons
December 21, 1959 (1998) – Florence Griffith Joyner (“Flo-Jo”), Olympic track and field champion, won 3 gold medals and 1 silver at 1988 Summer games, called “World’s Fastest Woman”
December 22, 1912 (2007) – Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson, First Lady (1963-69), advocate for civil rights, National Chair of Head Start, led “Beautification” efforts across the country involving environmentalism, conservation, and anti-pollution
December 23, 1867 (1919) – Sarah “Madam C. J.” Walker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, first woman and first African American woman self-made millionaire, revolutionized hair care and cosmetics industry in early 20th century
December 23, 1912 (1998) – Anna Jane Harrison, chemistry professor at Mount Holyoke College (1945-89), continued research on ultraviolet spectroscopy and increased public understanding of the impact of science and technology, first president of the American Chemical Society (1987)
December 24, 1904 (1995) – Mary Bingham, led progressive philanthropy in civil rights with husband Barry Bingham’s Louisville newspapers from 1942 to 1985, funded bookmobiles, opera, symphony, and the Bingham Theatre
December 24, 1951 (1998) – Marsha Gomez, activist, used pottery and sculpture from her Choctaw ancestry to teach and further demand rights for indigenous women of many cultures, achieved NGO status for indigenous women in the United Nations, began the Foundation for a Compassionate Society with a group of about 20 artists
December 25, 1806 (1875) – Martha Wright, called the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1948 with her sister Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Stanton and others, president of women’s conventions in 1855 in Cincinnati, Saratoga, and Albany, a founder of the American Equal Rights Association in 1866, continued working for equal suffrage during Civil War
December 25, 1821 (1912) – Clara Barton, founder and president of American Red Cross, 1881-1904
December 26, 1954 (2006) – Susan Butcher, sled dog racer, 4-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
December 27, 1901 (1992) – Marlene Dietrick, actress, fled Germany and became an American citizen in 1937, gained great success in “Destry Rides Again” with James Stewart (1939) and wider popularity with World War II efforts
December 27, 1930 (1999) – Mary Ellen (Meg) Greenfield, named editorial editor at “Washington Post” in 1979 after winning a Pulitzer Prize, penned commentaries on civil rights, integration, nuclear arms and the military establishment
December 28, 1894 (1988) – Burnita Matthews, suffragist, as a young law student in the District of Columbia learned that she could carry a banner outside the White House but would be arrested for not having a permit if she spoke, stayed silent and avoided arrest, gained admission to the bar in 1920, worked for the National Woman’s Party, chosen as Federal District Court Judge by President Truman in 1949
December 29, 1937 (1990) – Thea Bowman, first black Catholic nun to join white Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in the 1960s, worked with issues of racial inequality
December 30, 1912 (1995) – Margaret Wade, won state and regional championships as semi-professional basketball player, became high school coach in 1935 and set a lifetime record of 453 wins, 89 losses and 6 ties, inspired the Wade Trophy (1978) awarded annually to the best collegiate women’s team
December 31, 1900 (1995) – Selma Burke, sculptor, part of the Black Renaissance under Augusta Savage, created the artwork for the “Roosevelt dime,” established the Selma Burke Art Center in the early 1970s.