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Voting Rights

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.

Three generations of activist Seaman family mark 10th anniversary of Women's Strike for Equality

August 26, 1980

Three generations of activist Seaman family marched together in the tenth anniversary celebration of the New York Women's Strike for Equality.

First North Carolinian graduates from Smith College

June 18, 1901

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

Wage Earners' League for Woman Suffrage holds first mass rally

April 22, 1912

The Wage Earners' League for Woman Suffrage held its first major rally at New York's Cooper Union.

"New Orleans Times-Picayune" celebrates 100th birthday of Elizabeth D.A. Cohen, Louisiana's first practicing female physician

February 22, 1920

The "New Orleans Times-Picayune" published an interview with Elizabeth D.A. Cohen, the first practicing female physician in Louisiana, on her 100th birthday.

Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addresses annual Thomas Paine dinner

January 29, 1848

Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addressed the annual Thomas Paine dinner, declaring, "superstition keeps women ignorant, dependent, and enslaved beings. Knowledge will make them free."

Lillian D. Wald

Lillian Wald began her work in 1893, when she discovered the need for health care among New York’s largely Jewish immigrant population. Her solution to this problem, in the form of public health nursing—a term she coined—served only as the beginning of her life’s work, which was dedicated to providing health care, education and social services to the poor and immigrant members of her Henry Street Settlement, and beyond.

Union of Jewish Women

The Union of Jewish Women (UJW) was the first national umbrella organization for Jewish women’s social service groups.

Edith Rosenwald Stern

Edith Rosenwald Stern, philanthropist, community leader, and civil rights activist left a legacy of commitment to social justice. With the same passion and strategy, she led the Jewish community in its philanthropy, encouraged her grandchildren to pursue their own charitable interests, and strongly supported Israel.

Pauline Perlmutter Steinem

A suffragist who encouraged newly enfranchised women to go to the polls together to avoid harassment, Pauline Perlmutter Steinem was the first woman elected to the Toledo Board of Education. Her legacy of social activism can be seen in her granddaughter, Gloria Steinem.

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