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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: December 11 - December 17

"The Collected Stories" by Grace Paley, 1998

Birth of author Grace Paley

December 11, 1922

Grace Paley, author, feminist and "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist," was born in the Bronx.

Helen Frankenthaler, 1956

“Soak-stain” artist Helen Frankenthaler is born

December 12, 1928

“The only rule is that there are no rules. Anything is possible." - Artist Helen Frankenthaler

Paula Ackerman

Paula Ackerman becomes "spiritual leader" of Temple Beth Israel of Meridian, Mississippi

December 12, 1950

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

December 13, 1910

Birth of “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” author Lillian Roth

Steve Benson on Lillian Hellman thumbnail

Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" is banned in Boston

December 14, 1935

Boston's Mayor Frederick Mansfield banned production of Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour."

Anne Frank

Dramatization of Anne Frank's diary broadcast on the radio

December 14, 1952

The first radio dramatization of Anne Frank's diary was broadcast.

"A Muriel Rukeyser Reader"

Birth of poet Muriel Rukeyser

December 15, 1913

Birth of poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser.

Janet Rosenberg Jagan

Janet Jagan elected president of Guyana

December 15, 1997

Janet Jagan was elected as president of Guyana, becoming the first American-born woman to be elected leader of any country.

"Heather Has Two Mommies," 1989

Lesléa Newman publishes groundbreaking children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies

December 16, 1989

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.

Judith Rodin

Judith Rodin, first woman named president of Ivy League university

December 17, 1993

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 17, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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