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Did you know that at the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, boxing for women was a "display event?" Unfortunately the women who competed in this event were not eligible for medals.

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Today in #wmnhist: women’s rights advocate and social reformer Lucretia Coffin Mott was born in 1793.

Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she initiated the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention. Also a staunch abolitionist, Mott and her husband refused to use any slavery-produced goods and opened their home to runaway slaves. Happy 220th birthday Lucretia!

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Happy birthday Kathy Whitworth! She won at least one tournament per year from 1962 to 1978. This remains the longest streak by anyone in the LPGA.

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Happy bday to Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, first woman to serve as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Can you see the monarch butterfly's cocoon? Trying to decide what to name our temporary pet, any suggestions?

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We Harp Jazz! Alice Coltrane was one of the few harpists in Jazz history. She also composed music of her own and rocked the piano for her husband's band the John Coltrane group. Happy Birthday Alice!

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Today in 1912, Julia Child was born. She would have been 100. Not only did she revolutionize the way Americans thought about food and cooking, she also served in the OSS, the precursor to the CIA.

“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.”

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Today in 1818, Lucy Stone was born. Abolitionist and suffragist, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association and was one of the primary movers of the U.S. women’s rights movement. She was the first American woman to retain her given name after marriage.

“A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.”

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Ornithologist Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey was born today in 1863. An early advocate of the protection of birds, Bailey’s field guides for living birds are considered the first in the bird watching genre. She also helped popularize the field of natural history.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Sally Ride. The first American woman to go into space, Dr. Ride was a trailblazer for all women. She was also one of the Museum’s earliest supporters and served on our Advisory Board. She will be dearly missed by all of us.

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Lawyer, activist and women’s rights activist Bella Abzug was born today in 1920. She was one of the founders of the National Women’s Political Caucus and was the first Jewish woman elected to the US House of Representatives.

"The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes."

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Honor the Seneca Falls attendees on this historic day by viewing and sharing our new PSA, directed by , to help spread the word about NWHM and our quest for a physical Museum in our nation’s capital. Today in 1848 the first Seneca Falls Convention began. This resulted in the Declaration of Sentiments demanding equal rights for women written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Declare your sentiments in favor of NWHM today by sharing this post!


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Today in 1867, Margaret Brown, made famous by the musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, was born. Brown is best known for surviving the Titanic sinking and for pushing the crew of the lifeboat she occupied to return to the scene to look for survivors. Brown was active in the women’s suffrage movement and an advocate for the poor. She ran for the U.S. Senate twice.

"Thanks for the kind thoughts. Water was fine, swimming, good. Neptune was exceedingly kind to me and I am now high and dry."

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Happy birthday to actress Diahann Carroll! Born in 1935, she is probably best known for her role as the title character in the television series, Julia, the first starring an African American woman not playing a domestic. Carroll was also the first African American woman to win a best actress Tony Award in 1962 for her role in the musical, No Strings.

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Today is the birthday of journalist and activist Ida B. Wells. Born in 1862, Wells’ first victory against discrimination came when she successfully sued the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad for forcibly removing her from coach to the colored car. After three of her friends were lynched in 1892, she wrote an expose her newspaper, about the incident and urged the black population to leave Memphis.

“Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so."

Find out more about her on our website: http://www.nwhm.org/html/support/events/depizan/ida.html

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Today in 1937, the ship Itasca received the last verified transmission from Amelia Earhart during her transatlantic flight.

“KHAQQ to ITASCA. We are on the line 157-337. Will repeat message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles, wait. We are running on line, listening on 6210 kilocycles.”

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Staying hydrated on set, our little Tabitha Babbitt gets ready to shoot. If you haven't already, take a look at our new 30 second video: http://nwhm.org/html/involved/donttellme/index.html #donttellme #nwhm #Ican

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Today in 1777, a barely 16 year old girl, Sybil Ludington rode all night, covering 40 miles (far greater than Paul Revere) to gather her father's troops and warn them that British troops were attacking. When British troops and loyalists attacked a nearby town during the Revolutionary War, Ludington’s father, a colonel, asked her to ride through the night, alerting his men of the danger and urging them to come together to fight back. Because of her bravery, most of the regiment was gathered by daybreak to fight the British. She also was honored by President George Washington for her bravery.

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Today in 1870, Esther Hobart Morris became the first woman ever appointed as a Justice of the Peace. She served in this position for eight months after her predecessor resigned in protest of the passage of the Wyoming Territory's law granting women the vote. She ruled on 27 cases during her tenure.

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Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Alice Walker was born today in 1944. Well-known for her books, including The Color Purple, Walker also championed a rediscovery of the works of Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston.

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. “

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