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This Week in History: Events in February

February 1, 1925

Sophie Udin and six other women founded Pioneer Women, a labor Zionist women's organization based in New York City. Pioneer Women exists today as Na'amat USA.

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February 2, 1913

Born in Lithuania, Rae D. Landy graduated with the first class of nursing students in Cleveland, OH. She went on to work in Jerusalem with Hadassah and later the United States Army Nurse Corps.

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February 3, 1973

Judge Justine Wise Polier retired from the New York Family Court, after 38 years spent trying to use the bench to assist children and redress discrimination.

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February 3, 1997

Newly installed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright revealed the uncovering of her Jewish origins.

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February 3, 2014

“You have to take risks with vision in mind,” says Naomi Adler, first female CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

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February 4, 1838

Rebecca Gratz and a dedicated group of Philadelphia Jewish women established the first Jewish Sunday School.

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February 4, 2002

Ann F. Lewis was appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center.

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February 5, 2012

"Sheryl Sandberg is the real deal."

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February 6, 1902

The first independent Young Women's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City.

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February 7, 1918

Birth of Ruth Sager, Innovative Scientific Achiever

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February 8, 1976

The first recorded meeting of what would become the Women's Rabbinic Network took place.

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February 9, 1999

Journalist Claudia Dreifus highlighted her expertise in a talk on the art of the political interview given at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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February 10, 2001

A sold-out presentation of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden raised $1 million for Ensler's V-Day movement.

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February 11, 1976

Adlene Harrison became the first Jewish female mayor of a major American city when she was appointed mayor of Dallas.

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February 12, 1938

Judy Blume says, “Those of us who write do it because there are stories inside us burning to get out."

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February 13, 1945

Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah: The Women's Zionist Organization of America, died in Jerusalem.

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February 13, 1913

The Council of Jewish Women in Los Angeles, California opened a day nursery for "children of working mothers of all nationalities."

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February 14, 1998

Eve Ensler:"I am proposing that we reconceive the dream."

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February 15, 1935

Susan Brownmiller: "My chosen path – to fight against physical harm, specifically the terror of violence against women."

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February 16, 1997

The first Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy took place in New York City, leading to the founding of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.

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February 16, 1963

The first of the articles that, in expanded form, would become "Eichmann in Jerusalem," Hannah Arendt's most controversial work, was published in "The New Yorker."

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February 17, 1925

Florence Prag Kahn won a special election, becoming the fifth woman and first Jewish woman to serve in the United States Congress.

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February 17, 1963

Publication of "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan; the book is credited with sparking the modern feminist movement.

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February 18, 1980

Regina Spektor gets "lost in the sounds."

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February 19, 1935

Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing.

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February 20, 1916

Silent film star Theda Bara was profiled in the "New York Times," following her appearance in "A Fool There Was" in 1915.

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February 20, 2013

Batwoman Proposes Marriage to Maggie Sawyer

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February 21, 1942

Wanda Landowska, credited with reviving harpsichord music in the 20th century, performed Bach's "Goldberg Variations" at New York City's Town Hall. It was the first 20th-century performance of this work on the harpsichord.

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February 22, 1920

The "New Orleans Times-Picayune" published an interview with Elizabeth D.A. Cohen, the first practicing female physician in Louisiana, on her 100th birthday.

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February 22, 1993

New York Judge Judith Kaye was nominated by Governor Mario Cuomo to become the first female Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

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February 23, 1951

Singer Shirley Cohen Steinberg records the beloved Passover song One Morning.

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February 24, 1912

Founding of Hadassah, the organization which brought American Jewish women into the ranks of Zionism's most influential activists.

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February 25, 1936

Labor activist Rose Pesotta aided striking workers of Goodyear Rubber tire factory in Akron, Ohio.

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February 26, 2006

Sally Fox - "I am driven to try to document what women are really doing, so they won't be taken for granted."

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February 27, 2011

Natalie Portman was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Black Swan.

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February 28, 1935

Death of Texan Jeanette Miriam Goldberg, a leading figure in the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Chautauqua Society.

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February 28, 2009

Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus installed as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the world's oldest and largest group of Jewish clergy.

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February 29, 2004

Elizabeth Swados’ play "Ten Years of Hope" opens

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