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Highlights in U.S. Women's History

From the National Women’s History Project

  • January 7, 1896—Fanny Farmer’s first cookbook is published in which she standardized cooking measurements.
  • January 29, 1926— Violette Neatly Anderson is the first black woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • February 12, 1869—The Utah Territorial Legislature passes a bill allowing women to vote.
  • February 27, 1922—U.S. Supreme Court upholds the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote.
  • March 4, 1917—Jeanette Rankin (R‐MT) took her seat as the first female member of the US Congress.
  • March 13, 1986—Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska.
  • March 31, 1776—Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence and cautions, “Remember the ladies …”
  • April 2, 1931—17‐year‐old Jackie Mitchell, the second woman to play baseball in the all male minor leagues, pitches an exhibition game against the NY Yankees and strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The next day, the Baseball Commissioner voided her contract, claiming baseball was too strenuous for women. The ban was not overturned until 1992.
  • April 7, 1987—Opening of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the first museum devoted to women artists.


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