This Week in History: Events in March
Naomi Bronheim Levine became the first woman to hold the post of executive director of the American Jewish Congress.
Canada Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella spoke at Harvard University about how her family's Holocaust story informs her view of human rights.
Publication of E.M. Broner's "The Telling: The Story of a Group of Jewish Women Who Journey to Spirituality Through Community and Ceremony."
Sophie Tucker, the self-proclaimed "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," recorded her signature song "Some of These Days."
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.
Publication of Lynn Gottlieb's guide to nonsexist Judaism, "She Who Dwells Within."
Leading childhood obesity and anorexia researcher Hilde Bruch published "The Importance of Overweight."
Polly Adler, one of America's best-known madams, was jailed after a police raid on her Saratoga Springs brothel.
Ruth F. Weiss was the last European eyewitness of the Chinese Communist Revolution.
"My heart is hard to handle, my art is too.” Sculptor Hannah Wilke
Dorothy Fields was the only woman among the first group inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
Ruth Mosko Handler unveiled the Barbie Doll at the International American Toy Fair in New York.
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.
Lillian Wald opened the Lower East Side settlement house that would become the Henry Street Settlement on her 26th birthday.
Rachel Adler was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought for "Engendering Judaism: A New Theology and Ethics."
Photographer and animal rights activist Linda Eastman marries Paul McCartney.
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.
Public Health pioneer Margaret Arnstein was appointed dean of the Yale School of Nursing.
The New York Times reported on the emergence of formal naming ceremonies for newborn Jewish girls.
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.
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.
The women of Shearith Israel synagogue in New York, led by Richa Levy, established the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.
Natalie Goldstein Heineman was a voice for children at every level of government.
Mary Goldsmith Prag, California educator and mother of the first Jewish Congresswoman, dies.
Judith Kaplan (Eisenstein) became the first American Bat Mitzvah.
Writer and activist Grace Paley was among 182 people arrested in New York City for protesting the Vietnam War draft.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the first woman Solicitor General of the United States.
Senda Berenson, the "Mother of Women's Basketball," organized and officiated at the first women's basketball game.
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.
In a review of "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," the "New York Times" declared Barbra Streisand "the evening's find."
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.
Rabbi Janet Marder was elected the first female president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
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.
Actress Helen Menken was arrested with Mae West, married Humphrey Bogart, and produced the Stage Door Canteen in World War II.
Actress and comedian Judy Holliday received an Academy Award for her performance in "Born Yesterday."
Hadassah President Irma Levy Lindheim condemned the president of the Zionist Organization of America, accusing him of "political machinations" counter to Zionism's aims.
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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