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Civil Service

Birth of Judge Jennie Loitman Barron

October 13, 1891

Judge Jennie Loitman Barron, the first woman to serve on the Massachusetts Superior Court, was born.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins U.S. Supreme Court

August 10, 1993

Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Ruth Gruber finds haven for 1,000 Holocaust refugees

August 3, 1944

American Jewish journalist Ruth Gruber arrived in New York harbor with 984 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, which concluded her secret mission to escort the refugees from Italy to America.

Political trailblazer Belle Moskowitz wins passage of bill regulating NY dance halls

May 26, 1910

Belle Moskowitz, who became the most important female political activist of her day, passed a bill through the New York State Assembly requiring major NY dance halls to obtain a license.

Longest-serving federal employee Lillie Steinhorn retires

May 3, 2000

Lillie Steinhorn retired from the Social Security Administration as the longest-serving federal employee on record.

Judith Kaye is nominated as Chief Judge of New York State Court

February 22, 1993

New York Judge Judith Kaye was nominated by Governor Mario Cuomo to become the first female Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

Florence Prag Kahn elected as first Jewish woman in U.S. Congress

February 17, 1925

Florence Prag Kahn won a special election, becoming the fifth woman and first Jewish woman to serve in the United States Congress.

Adlene Harrison becomes first Jewish female big-city mayor

February 11, 1976

Adlene Harrison became the first Jewish female mayor of a major American city when she was appointed mayor of Dallas.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reveals her Jewish origins

February 3, 1997

Newly installed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright revealed the uncovering of her Jewish origins.

Remembering Janet Jagan, President of Guyana

You might have read in the New York Times or in the Boston Globe that Janet Jagan, the first woman elected president of Guyana, died at age 88 this past weekend.

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