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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: March 20 - March 26

Sophie Gerson, Cropped

Death of social activist Sophie Gerson

March 20, 2006
Sophie Gerson was a legendary figure in the history of textile union organizing in the South.
Estelle Joan Sommers

Death of Estelle Joan Sommers, “Empress of Dance”

March 21, 1994
"I have always cherished my family, Israel and dance." - Estelle Joan Sommers
Senda Berenson

Senda Berenson officiates at first collegiate women's basketball game

March 22, 1893

Senda Berenson, the "Mother of Women's Basketball," organized and officiated at the first women's basketball game.

Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber handbags featured in First Lady museum exhibit

March 22, 2005

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.

Barbra Streisand

The "New York Times" reports on Barbra Streisand's Broadway debut

March 23, 1962

In a review of "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," the "New York Times" declared Barbra Streisand "the evening's find."

Lena Nemerovsky Kenin

Death of Oregon OB/GYN and Psychiatrist Lena Kenin

March 24, 1968
Dr. Lena Nemerovsky Kenin distinguished herself in three fields of medicine: obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry.
Triangle Fire in Der Groyser Kundes

Triangle Waist Factory fire

March 25, 1911

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 becomes president of Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)

March 26, 2003

Rabbi Janet Marder was elected the first female president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: March 20 – March 26." (Viewed on March 24, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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