This Week in History
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This Week: December 11 - December 17
Grace Paley, author, feminist and "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist," was born in the Bronx.
“The only rule is that there are no rules. Anything is possible." - Artist Helen Frankenthaler
Paula Ackerman became the interim "spiritual leader" of Temple Beth Israel in Meridian, Mississippi, demonstrating that a woman could serve in a rabbinical role.
Birth of “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” author Lillian Roth
Boston's Mayor Frederick Mansfield banned production of Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour."
The first radio dramatization of Anne Frank's diary was broadcast.
Birth of poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser.
Janet Jagan was elected as president of Guyana, becoming the first American-born woman to be elected leader of any country.
Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies, a groundbreaking and still controversial children’s book about a little girl who grows up with lesbian moms, was published.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Judith Rodin is elected the first permanent female president of an Ivy League institution.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: December 11 – December 17." (Viewed on December 12, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.