Thursday, May 05, 2011

May Highlights in US Women's History

These monthly highlights from women's history are from the National Women's History Project:

May 1, 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; named Library of Congress's Consultant in Poetry (later called Poet Laureate) in 1985.

May 5, 1938 - Dr. Dorothy H. Andersen presents results of her medical research identifying the disease cystic fibrosis at a meeting of the American Pediatric Association.

May 8, 1914 - President Woodrow Wilson signs a Proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

May 10, 1872 - Victoria Woodhull is nominated as the first woman candidate for U.S. president for the Equal Rights Party.

May 12, 1968 - A 12-block Mother's Day march of "welfare mothers" is held in Washington, D.C., D.C., led by Coretta Scott King accompanied by Ethel Kennedy.

May 21, 1932 - Amelia Earhart is the first woman to complete a solo. transatlantic flight. She flew from Newfoundland to Ireland, a 2,026-mile trip, in just under 15 hours.

May 29, 1977 - Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to qualify for and complete the Indy 500 car race.

"Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less."
-– Myra Pollack Sadker

Alice Paul Notecards available in the TGW Shop: Alice Paul and National Woman's Party colleagues protest outside the 1920 Republican Convention. Their sign quotes Anthony: "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for a party that ignores her sex. -Susan B. Anthony, 1872" (1920, L-R: Mrs. James Rector, Mary Dubrow, Alice Paul)

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