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This Week in History: Events in June

June 1, 1933

"The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," in fact the autobiography of American expatriate modernist writer Gertrude Stein, was published.

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June 1, 1964

Estelle Joan Sommers, dancewear manufacturer and philanthropist, made headlines when she took over her husband's Capezio shop.

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June 1, 1984

Susan Weidman Schneider published "Jewish and Female: Choices and Changes in Our Lives Today."

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June 3, 1972

Sally Priesand was the first woman to ever be ordained as a rabbi by a rabbinical seminary.

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June 4, 1989

Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, for "The Heidi Chronicles."

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June 5, 1943

Financial journalist Sylvia Porter was one of the first women honored by the Headliners' Club.

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June 5, 2005

Acclaimed historian Gerda Lerner received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The following day, as part of a conference in her honor, she gave a keynote address titled, "What Is Women's History and Why Should We Study It?"

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June 6, 2009

Alysa Stanton becomes the world's first African-American female rabbi.

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June 6, 1901

Bella Weretnikow, the first female Jewish lawyer in Seattle, was admitted to the state bar.

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June 7, 1971

Singer-songwriter Carole King released the album "Tapestry."

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June 8, 1933

Comic marvel Joan Rivers is born

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June 9, 1939

Birth of writer, feminist, and peace activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

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June 12, 2006

JWA launches Katrina’s Jewish Voices, one of the first online collecting projects

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June 15, 2013

MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser Wins “the Nobel Prize in Computing”

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June 15, 1961

Judith Malina's off-Broadway troupe, Living Theatre, made its European debut in Rome.

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June 16, 1968

Governor Nelson Rockefeller designated Jennie Grossinger Day in New York State, the first time this honor was bestowed on a living woman.

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June 17, 1908

Longtime editor of the "Jewish Spectator," Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, was born.

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June 18, 1901

Suffragist Gertrude Weil became the first North Carolinian to graduate from Smith College.

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June 19, 1939

The first independent meeting of the Mizrachi Women's Organization opened.

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June 19, 1953

Ethel Rosenberg was executed alongside her husband, Julius Rosenberg.

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June 19, 1995

Hilary Price became the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated daily cartoon strip when "Rhymes With Orange" appeared in national newspapers for the first time.

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June 20, 1910

Comic actress Fanny Brice appeared in the Ziegfield Follies for the first time.

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June 21, 2004

Human rights activist Felice Gaer addressed the United Nations Conference on Anti-Semitism.

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June 23, 1997

Anna Halprin was awarded the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in modern dance.

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June 23, 1992

Maxine Frank Singer, a leading biochemistry researcher and advocate of science education, was awarded the National Medal of Science.

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June 24, 1983

The "New York Times" reported on Mathilde Krim's newly established AIDS Medical Foundation.

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June 25, 1894

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, known as Annie Londonderry, began a round-the-world bicycle trip. She became the first woman to travel around the globe by bicycle.

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June 26, 2010

Olympic medal winning ice-skater is crowned Miss Massachusetts, following in the footsteps of Bess Myserson, the first Jewish Miss America.

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June 27, 1906

On June 27, 1906, Jewish mothers on New York City’s Lower East Side rioted against tonsillectomies they suspected were being performed on their children.

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June 27, 1931

Labor economist Theresa Wolfson was the principal speaker at the opening of the Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers in Industry.

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June 28, 1980

Yiddish superstar comedienne Molly Picon received the Creative Achievement Award of the Performing Arts Unit of B'nai B'rith.

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June 30, 1966

The foundation for the National Organization for Women was laid at a meeting in Betty Friedan's hotel room in Washington, DC.

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June 30, 1952

"Guiding Light," created by Irna Phillips, debuted on television. It aired from 1952 to 2009, making it the longest-running daily television program.

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June 30, 1922

The Central Conference of American Rabbis resolved that "women cannot justly be denied the privilege of [rabbinical] ordination." The first American woman would not be ordained until 1972.

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