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This Week in History: Events in March

March 1, 1972

Naomi Bronheim Levine became the first woman to hold the post of executive director of the American Jewish Congress.

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March 1, 2010

Canada Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella spoke at Harvard University about how her family's Holocaust story informs her view of human rights.

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March 1, 1993

Publication of E.M. Broner's "The Telling: The Story of a Group of Jewish Women Who Journey to Spirituality Through Community and Ceremony."

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March 2, 1911

Sophie Tucker, the self-proclaimed "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," recorded her signature song "Some of These Days."

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March 2, 1983

Shulamit Ran's "Verticals," a composition for solo piano, was premiered by pianist Alan Feinberg in a performance at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.

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March 3, 1995

Publication of Lynn Gottlieb's guide to nonsexist Judaism, "She Who Dwells Within."

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March 4, 1957

Leading childhood obesity and anorexia researcher Hilde Bruch published "The Importance of Overweight."

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March 5, 1935

Polly Adler, one of America's best-known madams, was jailed after a police raid on her Saratoga Springs brothel.

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March 6, 2006

Ruth F. Weiss was the last European eyewitness of the Chinese Communist Revolution.

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March 7, 1940

"My heart is hard to handle, my art is too.” Sculptor Hannah Wilke

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March 8, 1971

Dorothy Fields was the only woman among the first group inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

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March 9, 1959

Ruth Mosko Handler unveiled the Barbie Doll at the International American Toy Fair in New York.

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March 10, 1996

When the exhibit "Too Jewish?: Challenging Traditional Identities" opened at New York City's Jewish Museum, it featured the work "The Liberation of G-d" by Helène Aylon.

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March 10, 1893

Lillian Wald opened the Lower East Side settlement house that would become the Henry Street Settlement on her 26th birthday.

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March 11, 1999

Rachel Adler was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought for "Engendering Judaism: A New Theology and Ethics."

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March 12, 1969

Photographer and animal rights activist Linda Eastman marries Paul McCartney.

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March 13, 1973

The "New York Times" reviewed the first edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves." Nine of the 12 women who first formed the collective that created this groundbreaking women's health reference were Jewish.

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March 13, 1967

Public Health pioneer Margaret Arnstein was appointed dean of the Yale School of Nursing.

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March 14, 1977

The "New York Times" reported on the emergence of formal naming ceremonies for newborn Jewish girls.

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March 14, 1972

A small group of young Jewish feminists under the name "Ezrat Nashim" presented a manifesto entitled "Jewish Women Call For Change" at the Conservative movement's Rabbinical Assembly convention.

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March 14, 1939

Actress Sara Adler was honored for her 50 years on the Yiddish stage with a testimonial performance at the National Theater in New York City.

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March 15, 1820

The women of Shearith Israel synagogue in New York, led by Richa Levy, established the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.

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March 16, 1913

Natalie Goldstein Heineman was a voice for children at every level of government.

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March 17, 1935

Mary Goldsmith Prag, California educator and mother of the first Jewish Congresswoman, dies.

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March 18, 1922

Judith Kaplan (Eisenstein) became the first American Bat Mitzvah.

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March 19, 1970

Writer and activist Grace Paley was among 182 people arrested in New York City for protesting the Vietnam War draft.

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March 19, 2009

The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the first woman Solicitor General of the United States.

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March 22, 1893

Senda Berenson, the "Mother of Women's Basketball," organized and officiated at the first women's basketball game.

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March 22, 2005

Four handbags created for U.S. first ladies by Judith Leiber, luxury handbag doyenne, were featured in a New-York Historical Society exhibit that opened on March 22, 2005.

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March 23, 1962

In a review of "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," the "New York Times" declared Barbra Streisand "the evening's find."

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March 25, 1911

A fire in the Triangle Waist Factory killed 146 workers, mostly young Jewish and Italian women, sparking a wave of labor activism and factory reform legislation.

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March 26, 2003

Rabbi Janet Marder was elected the first female president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

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March 27, 2004

Hiding in the Open, a play based on the memoirs of Holocaust survivor Dr. Sabina Zimering, premiered on March 27, 2004 at the Great American History Theatre in Saint Paul, MN.

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March 28, 1966

Actress Helen Menken was arrested with Mae West, married Humphrey Bogart, and produced the Stage Door Canteen in World War II.

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March 29, 1951

Actress and comedian Judy Holliday received an Academy Award for her performance in "Born Yesterday."

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March 30, 1928

Hadassah President Irma Levy Lindheim condemned the president of the Zionist Organization of America, accusing him of "political machinations" counter to Zionism's aims.

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March 31, 2009

Ruth Fredman Cernea said, "Jewish humor is not silly, but it is absurd absurdity. It is the opposite of deep seriousness."

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