This Week in History
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.
Birth of poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser.
Janet Jagan was elected as president of Guyana, becoming the first American-born woman to be elected leader of any country.
Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies, a groundbreaking and still controversial children’s book about a little girl who grows up with lesbian moms, was published.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Judith Rodin is elected the first permanent female president of an Ivy League institution.
Amy Beth Sheridan graduates from flight school, becoming the first Jewish woman pilot in the U.S. Army.
Death of Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, who is buried next to her husband Wyatt Earp, renowned "gun slinger" and lawman.
Birth of Sally Lilienthal, Founder of Ploughshares Fund
"Holy Ground: The Jewish Songs of Woody Guthrie," a Klezmatics performance at the 92nd Street Y, featured songs inspired or written by Guthrie's mother-in-law, Aliza Greenblatt.
Birth of Hortense Calisher, author of memoirs, short stories, and more than ten novels including "False Entry" (1961) and "Sunday Jews" (2002).
Emma Goldman, along with 248 other radical "aliens," was deported to the Soviet Union under the provisions of the 1918 Alien Act.
Hundreds of events around the world marked the 75th birthday of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: December 15 – December 21." (Viewed on December 19, 2014) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.