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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: April 25 - May 1

First meeting of The United Order of True Sisters

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.

Lillian Vernon

"New York Times" profiles entrepreneur Lillian Vernon

April 26, 1978

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

Helene Deutsch

Helene Deutsch publishes first volume of "The Psychology of Women"

April 27, 1944

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

Barbra Streisand, 1962

A 22-year-old’s first TV special: "My Name is Barbra"

April 28, 1965

"No major guest stars, not even any minor ones—just me and a bunch of great songs and some wonderful musicians."

Reform Judaism leader Jane Evans argues for ordination of women rabbis

April 29, 1957

Jane Evans, executive director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, argued for the need to ordain women rabbis in the Reform movement.

Sarah Brandstein Smith, 1945

Death of writer Sarah Brandstein Smith, “Queen of the shundroman"

April 29, 1968
“Sarah B. Smith is the most beloved Jewish newspaperwoman, the first who ever served as a reporter on a Jewish paper, and the one who has triumphantly overcome the misgivings of editors who mistrusted the abilities of a mere woman writer.”
Joan Nathan

Lifetime achievement award for cookbook author Joan Nathan

April 30, 2001

Cookbook author Joan Nathan received the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America award for lifetime achievement from the James Beard Foundation.

Bessie, Sidney, Selma, and Philoine Hillman, 1922

Labor leaders announce their engagement at May Day Parade

May 1, 1916

Labor leaders Bessie Abramowitz and Sidney Hillman announced their engagement while leading the clothing workers' contingent in the Chicago May Day Parade.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: April 25 – May 1." (Viewed on May 1, 2016) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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