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By Jeanne Robinson  
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MAY

 
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1830

"Mother Jones's" chosen birthday, labor activist

1729

Catherine the Great was born, czarina of Russia; reigned 34 years

1979

Margaret Thatcher won election as Prime Minister, becoming Britain's first woman PM

1929

Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, actress, won Oscar for "Roman Holiday" in 1953

1809

Mary Kies became first woman to patent an invention in her own name in U.S.; it was for weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats

1852 (circa)

Calamity Jane was born, cowgirl, army scout, performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

1919

Eva Duarte Peron was born, First Lady of Argentina (1946 - 1952), labor activist

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1914

The first national Mother's Day was declared in the U.S.; it would be celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May

1844

Belle Boyd was born, Confederate spy and actress

1872

Victoria Woodhull, radical liberal, was nominated as the first woman candidate for U.S. President, for the Equal Rights Party

1893

Martha Graham was born, dancer and choreographer, invented modern dance

1968

"Welfare Mothers" marched in D.C., led by Coretta Scott King and Ethel Kennedy, advocating welfare reform

1888

Inge Lehmann was born, geophysicist, discovered earth's inner core in 1936

1861

Adelina Patti made her debut in Europe as an opera singer at 18 years of age

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1937

Madeline Albright was born, the first woman U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001

1975

Junko Tabei, of Japan, became the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest

1903

Lena Levine was born, advocate for birth control

1970

Tina Fey was born, comedian, first female head writer for TV's "Saturday Night Live"

1930

Lorraine Hansberry was born, first black woman to produce a play on Broadway, "A Raisin in the Sun," in 1959

1768

Dolley Madison was born, First Lady of the U.S. 1809- 1817, tactful hostess and mediator

1973

Lynn Genesko, swimmer, received the first U.S. athletic scholarship for a woman from the University of Miami

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1844

Mary Cassatt was born, painter, important part of the Impressionist Movement; awarded the Legion of Honor in 1904

1810

Margaret Fuller was born, writer and foreign correspondent, first woman journalist in the U.S., radical feminist

1878

Lillian Moller Gilbreth was born, first woman member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1926

1913

Brownie Wise was born, developed home parties to sell Tupperware products

1951

Sally Ride was born, first U.S. woman astronaut

1907

Rachel Carson was born; wrote "Silent Spring;" pioneered the environmental protection movement

1980

Andrea Lee Hollen became the first woman to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

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1977

Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify and race in the Indianopolis 500

1848

Maria Mitchell, astronomer, first woman to discover a telescopic comet, became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

1912

Chien-Shiung Wu was born, physicist; first woman elected president of the American Physical Society in 1975

       


 

 
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