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This Week in History: Events in November

November 1, 1961

"End the Arms Race - Not the Human Race" was the slogan of the first day-long strike organized by the Women Strike For Peace organization.

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November 2, 1975

The impact of the publication of "Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape" was reflected in four different articles published in the "Washington Post."

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November 3, 1970

Elected to the U.S. Congress on this date, Bella Abzug claimed that she spent her days "figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure."

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November 3, 1992

Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Jewish women senators, the first female senators from California, and the first two women to ever represent any state at the same time.

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November 4, 2009

Nancy Lieberman, the first woman to play professional basketball in a men’s league, becomes the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team.

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November 5, 2002

Linda Lingle became the first female and first Jew to be elected Governor in the state of Hawaii.

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November 6, 1911

Florence Melton wanted others to "spend some, save some, and share some."

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November 7, 1984

Madeleine Kunin won election as governor of Vermont, becoming the first Jewish woman governor of an American state.

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November 7, 1906

Viola Spolin, the “godmother of improvisation,” is born.

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November 8, 2010

Jazz singer and WWII USO champion Hannah Block is awarded North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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November 8, 1988

Nita M. Lowey was elected to the House of Representatives from New York.

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November 9, 1980

Movie vamp Carmel Myers thought "Nice ladies are just like wallpaper."

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November 10, 1938

Ruth Nussbaum preserves a Torah on Kristallnacht.

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November 11, 1938

Author, educator, and Zionist pioneer Jesse Sampter died.

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November 12, 1900

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, public activist and pioneer in the fight for women's and human rights.

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November 13, 2011

There are 230 heroines in Caroline Moorehead’s book "A Train in Winter."

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November 14, 1937

Modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow debuted on Broadway.

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November 15, 2007

Pioneering Yiddish scholar Ruth Wisse was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

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November 15, 1896

Hundreds of women met in Tuxedo Hall in New York City for the first national convention of the National Council of Jewish Women.

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November 15, 1984

The election of Shoshana Cardin as the first woman to lead the Council of Jewish Federations opened a new era for women's involvement in national Jewish institutions.

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November 16, 1909

Alma Gluck, the most popular concert singer of her day, made her debut.

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November 17, 1980

Photographer Diana Mara Henry documented historic women’s march on the Pentagon.

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November 17, 1950

Soprano Roberta Peters debuted at the Metropolitan Opera when she replaced a colleague on six hours notice; she achieved the longest tenure of any Met soprano.

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November 17, 2010

Jaimy Gordon received the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction for Lord of Misrule.

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November 18, 1977

Spearheaded by Bella Abzug, the federally funded National Women's Conference convened in Houston to put forward a National Plan of Action.

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November 19, 1887

Emma Lazarus, author of the "The New Colossus," the poem that has come to represent the voice of the Statue of Liberty, died at age 38.

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November 20, 1929

Gertrude Berg debuted as matriarch Molly Goldberg on NBC Radio's "The Goldbergs."

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November 21, 1935

New York communal worker Rebekah Kohut was honored for 50 years of dedicated service at a gala dinner for 800, where she was presented with $50,000 to distribute to her favorite charities.

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November 22, 1909

Clara Lemlich's passionate words sparked the "Uprising of the 20,000," a general strike of New York garment workers that marked a turning point in U.S. labor activism.

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November 22, 1978

After the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein was sworn in as the first female mayor of San Francisco.

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November 23, 1847

A group of Jewish women in Charleston, South Carolina deplored the death of British author Grace Aguilar as a "national calamity."

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November 24, 2008

Sports Illustrated features Rena Glickman, the Mother of Woman’s Judo and Recipient of Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun.

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November 25, 1917

The first shelter for Jewish women discharged from New York jails was opened by the New York section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

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November 26, 2010

When Nora Ephron died, she would miss “taking a bath. Coming over the bridge to Manhattan. Pie.”

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November 27, 1972

"Free To Be You and Me," the album of non-sexist stories and songs that helped shape the self-understanding and world view of a generation of children, was released.

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November 28, 1953

Creator of Central Park Boathouse Adeline Moses Loeb dies

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November 28, 2007

“In that week we learned the meaning not only of perseverance, but also of the love of art for art's sake."

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November 29, 1862

In a letter, Phoebe Yates Levy Pember informed her sister that she was about to become a top administrator at the Confederacy's largest military hospital.

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November 30, 2000

Death of teacher and author Ilona Karmel, who drew upon her experiences as a young girl in Nazi labor camps and offered one of the first literary portrayals of the Holocaust.

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