This Week in History


This Week in History: April 21 – April 27

April 21, 1993

Yiddish theatre producer and advocate Dora Wasserman received the Order of Canada.

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April 22, 1912

The Wage Earners' League for Woman Suffrage held its first major rally at New York's Cooper Union.

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April 22, 2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal connected to the most ancient Jewish women by PBS’ Finding Your Roots

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April 24, 1980

Historian Barbara Tuchman gave the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, becoming the first woman to receive the federal government's highest honor for intellectual achievement in the humanities.

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April 25, 1846

The United Order of True Sisters, the first independent national women's organization in America, held its first meeting as a female counterpart to the B'nai B'rith.

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April 26, 1978

Entrepreneur Lillian Vernon was profiled in the "New York Times" as the "first lady of mail order catalogues."

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April 27, 1944

Psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch published the first of two volumes of "The Psychology of Women."

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Credits for This Week in History:

Contributors to This Week in History include Leah Berkenwald, Kate Bigam, Gwen Gethner, Karla Goldman, Rachel Guberman, Alma Heckman, Elizabeth Imber, Emily Judem, Michael Klein, Elizabeth Lerner, Robin Maril, Jordan Namerow, Ruth Pearlstein, Sydney Schwartz, Carol Stollar, and Lynda Yankaskas. Designed by Anna Engle, Isaac Simon Hodes, and Harold Wood.

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This Week in History offers a unique calendar of American Jewish experience—connecting specific dates throughout the year to an array of compelling historic events related to American Jewish women.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: April 21 – April 27." (Viewed on April 21, 2014) <>.