This Week in History: Events in April
"The American Jewess," the first English-language publication published by and for American Jewish women, appeared.
Merle Feld's "A Spiritual Life: A Jewish Feminist Journey" was published.
Frieda Caplan opened her specialty produce company, Frieda's Inc., which has introduced a wide array of exotic produce to the American market.
Naama Shafir, an Orthodox Jewish basketball star, led University of Toledo to victory in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship.
Adele Bluthenthal Heiman was the first woman president of the Arkansas Jewish Assembly.
Actress Shelley Winters won her first Academy Award for her performance as Mrs. Van Daan in the film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank."
The announcement of the engagement of former cigar worker Rose Pastor to prominent Protestant philanthropist James Graham Phelps Stokes caused a media sensation.
President Obama chose Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
A brunette Jewish girl from Chicago’s south side was the voice of the boisterous curly red-headed Little Orphan Annie that Americans came to love.
The United States Postal Service issued five stamps depicting the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson.
Noted singer Beverly Sills made her long delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 45.
New York's Governor Charles S. Whitman signed the state Widowed Mothers Pension Act, largely as a result of the efforts of Hannah Bachman Einstein.
Nora Kaye's performance as Hagar, in the world premiere of "Pillar of Fire" at the Ballet Theatre, established her as one of the world's prima ballerinas.
The first North American synagogue building was dedicated on Mill Street in New York City. A 1744 visitor noted that the congregation's women "of whom some were very pritty, stood up in the gallery like a hen coop."
Andrea Dworkin: “I'm a radical feminist, not the fun kind.”
Jewish veterans of 1960s women’s movement gathered in New York City.
A British court resolved David Irving's libel case against Deborah Lipstadt in favor of Lipstadt, affirming Lipstadt's portrayal of Irving as an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier.
Launch of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, a project dedicated to shattering the glass ceiling for Jewish women communal workers.
Aline Milton Bernstein Saarinen was named chief of the Paris bureau of the National Broadcasting Company, becoming the first woman to head an overseas bureau in television.
A review of Mary Antin's "The Promised Land," an autobiography recounting her life in the Russian Pale of Settlement and as an immigrant in Boston, appeared in the "New York Times."
“No, we've got to keep on working, no matter what the danger. It's work or starve. That's all there is to it."
"Once people enter my synagogue and hear me chant, the fact that I am Korean begins to melt away.” Rabbi Angela Buchdahl
Judy Chicago's monumental sculpture and icon of feminist art, "The Dinner Party," was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum.
Annette Greenfield Strauss became the first elected woman mayor of Dallas, Texas.
Ten photographs by the late Diane Arbus were chosen for the Venice Biennale, marking the first time an American photographer was honored at this event.
Rose Finkelstein leads 8,000 women in successful six-day strike against New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.
President G.W. Bush declares May to be Jewish American Heritage Month.
Paula Hyman discussed her new book, "The Jewish Woman in America," the first feminist history of Jewish women, on New York radio station WEVD.
Yiddish theatre producer and advocate Dora Wasserman received the Order of Canada.
The Wage Earners' League for Woman Suffrage held its first major rally at New York's Cooper Union.
Maggie Gyllenhaal connected to the most ancient Jewish women by PBS’ Finding Your Roots
Historian Barbara Tuchman gave the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, becoming the first woman to receive the federal government's highest honor for intellectual achievement in the humanities.
The United Order of True Sisters, the first independent national women's organization in America, held its first meeting as a female counterpart to the B'nai B'rith.
Entrepreneur Lillian Vernon was profiled in the "New York Times" as the "first lady of mail order catalogues."
Psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch published the first of two volumes of "The Psychology of Women."
"No major guest stars, not even any minor ones—just me and a bunch of great songs and some wonderful musicians."
Jane Evans, executive director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, argued for the need to ordain women rabbis in the Reform movement.
Cookbook author Joan Nathan received the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America award for lifetime achievement from the James Beard Foundation.
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