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This Week in History: April 14 – April 20

April 14, 1912

A review of Mary Antin's "The Promised Land," an autobiography recounting her life in the Russian Pale of Settlement and as an immigrant in Boston, appeared in the "New York Times."

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April 18, 1987

Annette Greenfield Strauss became the first elected woman mayor of Dallas, Texas.

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April 18, 2002

Judy Chicago's monumental sculpture and icon of feminist art, "The Dinner Party," was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum.

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April 19, 1972

Ten photographs by the late Diane Arbus were chosen for the Venice Biennale, marking the first time an American photographer was honored at this event.

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April 20, 1976

Paula Hyman discussed her new book, "The Jewish Woman in America," the first feminist history of Jewish women, on New York radio station WEVD.

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April 20, 2006

President G.W. Bush declares May to be Jewish American Heritage Month.

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April 20, 1919

Rose Finkelstein leads 8,000 women in successful six-day strike against New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

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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.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: April 14 – April 20." (Viewed on April 16, 2014) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.