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This Week in History: Events in July

July 1, 1993

Anne Lapidus Lerner was named Vice Chancellor for public affairs at the Jewish Theological Seminary, becoming the first woman to hold a Vice Chancellor post at the Seminary.

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July 1, 1993

Founding of Ma’yan, Home for Young Women’s Resources

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July 1, 2009

Martha Minow was appointed Dean of Harvard Law School, becoming the second Jewish woman to hold the position.

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July 1, 2000

Haviva Ner-David's book "Life on the Fringes," about her commitment to an evolving feminist Orthodoxy and her quest for rabbinic ordination, was published.

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July 2, 1965

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) begins its work for women's equality.

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July 3, 1997

Poet Adrienne Rich made headlines by refusing to accept the National Medal for the Arts.

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July 4, 1918

Advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) were born as Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman.

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July 6, 1907

Birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, daughter of a German Jewish immigrant father and a Mexican Catholic mother.

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July 9, 1733

Abigail Levy Franks, the most noted of American Jewish colonial letter writers, wrote her son Naphtali, admonishing him to eat nothing but "bread & butter" wherever food preparation was "not done after our Strict Judiacall [kosher] method."

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July 9, 1967

Jennie Tourel, beloved opera singer and one of the first artists to teach in Israel, performed alongside Leonard Bernstein atop Mount Scopus to commemorate the end of the Six-Day War.

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July 10, 1948

Hortense Calisher's award-winning short story "The Middle Drawer" was published in the "New Yorker."

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July 11, 1986

"Still Crossing," a dance choreographed by Liz Lerman, was performed in Manhattan's Battery Park as part of the celebration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

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July 12, 1989

"When Harry Met Sally," with a screenplay by Nora Ephron, was released. The screenplay was later nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

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July 12, 1982

Death of political activist and trade unionist Clara Lemlich Shavelson.

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July 13, 1935

Tillie Lewis, who introduced Italian tomatoes to America, opened the first cannery owned by a woman on her 34th birthday.

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July 15, 1904

Lyricist Dorothy Fields, who wrote the classics "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "The Way You Look Tonight," was born.

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July 16, 1936

Rose Schneiderman was elected vice chairman of the newly-formed New York State Labor Party.

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July 16, 2010

When Jetskalina Phillips, a retired Kansas schoolteacher, made a generous bequest for the establishment of a Judaica curatorship at Boston’s MFA, the MFA tapped a Renaissance scholar with a hardy work ethic to build its collection.

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July 17, 1987

Simone Veil, first European Parliament president, received the first Johanna Löwenherz Award, a bequest from a 19th century feminist.

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July 18, 1979

A Summer Institute in Women's History, held at Sarah Lawrence College from July 13-29, 1979 immersed 43 female leaders in women's history and led to the creation of Women's History Month.

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July 19, 1908

The "New York World" published Emma Goldman's anarchist manifesto, "What I Believe."

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July 20, 2003

Jewish Women International (JWI) sponsored the first conference on domestic abuse in the Jewish community, entitled "Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness: A Call to Action," in Baltimore, Maryland.

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July 22, 1890

Silent film star Theda Bara was born.

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July 23, 1902

Death of Elsa Neumann, first female doctoral graduate of University of Berlin

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July 24, 1890

An avid student of history, Selma Stern-Taeubler became the founding director of the American Jewish Archives.

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July 25, 2006

Blu Greenberg was honored with Hadassah's highest honor, the Henrietta Szold award, at a convention banquet.

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July 26, 1998

The "International Encyclopedia of Dance," edited by dance historian Selma Jeanne Cohen, was reviewed in the "New York Times."

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July 27, 1946

Artistic iconoclast and literary pioneer Gertrude Stein dies in France.

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July 28, 1893

The "Jewish Exponent" announced that Henrietta Szold would be moving to Philadelphia from her home in Baltimore to serve as the secretary and first paid employee of the Jewish Publication Society.

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July 29, 1997

Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.

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July 30, 1942

The WAVES program, enlisting female volunteers in the U.S. Navy, was established. Miriam Miller was among the first enlistees.

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July 30, 1894

Blanche Wolf Knopf, longtime leader of the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, was born.

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July 31, 1928

Canadian Bobbie Rosenfeld won an Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter race. The 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, were the first in which women were allowed to compete in track & field events.

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