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Gertrude Weil, 1879 - 1971

1879

Born on December 11 in Goldsboro, NC, to Mina (Rosenthal) and Henry Weil

1897

Graduates from Horace Mann High School at Columbia Teachers College in New York

1900

Participates in mock presidential election at Smith College, sparking her interest in the cause of woman's suffrage

1901

Graduates from Smith College, Northampton, MA, becoming North Carolina's first Smith alumna

Joins Goldsboro Woman's Club, later serving three terms as president

1914

Helps establish and becomes president of Goldsboro Equal Suffrage League

Elected First Vice President of North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs

1916

Begins fight for state-wide survey of women's labor conditions

1919

Becomes president of North Carolina Equal Suffrage League

1920

Founds and serves as first president of North Carolina League of Women Voters

1924

Elected to first of three terms as president of North Carolina Association of Jewish Women

1926

Begins decades of work with North Carolina Conference for Social Service

1927

Becomes president of Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service

1932

Joins North Carolina Commission on Interracial Cooperation, serving on it and its successor organization for over 25 years

Serves as president of Temple Oheb Sholom Sisterhood, Goldsboro

1933

Appointed Director of Federal Public Relief Work for Goldsboro, responsible for administering local New Deal relief efforts

c.1936

With her mother, begins years of efforts to rescue Jewish refugees from persecution in Europe

1957

Receives honorary doctorate from University of North Carolina-Greensboro

1963

Organizes Bi-Racial Council for City of Goldsboro

1964

Receives Smith College Medal in its first year, "for a lifetime of service to the cultural, charitable, religious and political welfare of her state"

1971

Dies on May 30 at the age of 91, in same house in which she was born

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Gertrude Weil - Timeline." (Viewed on April 20, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/weil/timeline>.