This Week in History: Events in February
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.
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.
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.
Newly installed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright revealed the uncovering of her Jewish origins.
“You have to take risks with vision in mind,” says Naomi Adler, first female CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Rebecca Gratz and a dedicated group of Philadelphia Jewish women established the first Jewish Sunday School.
Ann F. Lewis was appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center.
"Sheryl Sandberg is the real deal."
The first independent Young Women's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City.
Birth of Ruth Sager, Innovative Scientific Achiever
The first recorded meeting of what would become the Women's Rabbinic Network took place.
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.
A sold-out presentation of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden raised $1 million for Ensler's V-Day movement.
Adlene Harrison became the first Jewish female mayor of a major American city when she was appointed mayor of Dallas.
Judy Blume says, “Those of us who write do it because there are stories inside us burning to get out."
Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah: The Women's Zionist Organization of America, died in Jerusalem.
The Council of Jewish Women in Los Angeles, California opened a day nursery for "children of working mothers of all nationalities."
Eve Ensler:"I am proposing that we reconceive the dream."
Susan Brownmiller: "My chosen path – to fight against physical harm, specifically the terror of violence against women."
The first Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy took place in New York City, leading to the founding of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.
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."
Florence Prag Kahn won a special election, becoming the fifth woman and first Jewish woman to serve in the United States Congress.
Publication of "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan; the book is credited with sparking the modern feminist movement.
Regina Spektor gets "lost in the sounds."
Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing.
Silent film star Theda Bara was profiled in the "New York Times," following her appearance in "A Fool There Was" in 1915.
"Batwoman is an important character, and a socially important one that has meaning that extends well beyond the printed pages of the world she lives in."
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.
"New Orleans Times-Picayune" celebrates 100th birthday of Elizabeth D.A. Cohen, Louisiana's first practicing female physician
The "New Orleans Times-Picayune" published an interview with Elizabeth D.A. Cohen, the first practicing female physician in Louisiana, on her 100th birthday.
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.
Singer Shirley Cohen Steinberg records the beloved Passover song One Morning.
Founding of Hadassah, the organization which brought American Jewish women into the ranks of Zionism's most influential activists.
Labor activist Rose Pesotta aided striking workers of Goodyear Rubber tire factory in Akron, Ohio.
Sally Fox - "I am driven to try to document what women are really doing, so they won't be taken for granted."
Natalie Portman was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Black Swan.
Death of Texan Jeanette Miriam Goldberg, organizer of Texas NJCW chapter & Jewish Chautauqua Society
Death of Texan Jeanette Miriam Goldberg, a leading figure in the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Chautauqua Society.
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.
'My faith is very practical. It is about helping people to sing, dance and make shows."
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