This Week in History
Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s legal affairs correspondent, entered the Russell Senate Office building on October 11, 1991 expecting a routine working day—Round II of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. But the tangle of media reporters, microphones, and television cameras alerted her that something very different from routine was happening: the story she had reported only a few days before had ignited a media firestorm.
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This Week: October 5 - October 11
Aviel Barclay became the first certified female Torah scribe.
Driven by the passionate lobbying efforts of activist Annie Nathan Meyer, Barnard College opened its doors in a rented Madison Avenue brownstone.
Julie Seltzer, a soferet (female Torah scribe), was part of a living exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, portraying the painstaking process of writing the 304,805 Hebrew Letters of the Torah.
Thanks to the work of Frances Jacobs, Colorado's "Mother of Charity," construction begins on a Denver hospital dedicated to the care of tuberculosis patients.
Actress and producer Goldie Hawn had one of her biggest successes with the opening of the movie "Private Benjamin."
“The [Anita Hill] hearings ripped open the subject of sexual harassment like some sort of long-festering sore."
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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: October 5 – October 11." (Viewed on October 8, 2015) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.