This Week in History: Events in December
A group of Israeli and American Jewish women conducted public worship including a Torah service at the Western Wall of the ancient temple in Jerusalem.
Filmmaker Mildred Brenner-Pollner Recognized by Columbia University
The new synagogue dedicated in Newport, Rhode Island introduced a design that reflected women's changing status in "new world" Judaism.
Lawyer Harriet Fleischl Pilpel provides the historical link between birth control activist Margaret Sanger and feminist Betty Friedan.
The film "Hungry Hearts," based on a book of short stories by author Anzia Yezierska, opened in Los Angeles.
Tehilla Lichtenstein first took the pulpit as the spiritual leader of the Society of Jewish Science, becoming the first woman to lead an American Jewish congregation.
Stanford soccer star Camille Levin set up the winning goal in the NCAA College Cup championship game.
Sonia Delaunay (who died on this date in 1979) was in on the birth of several art movements—Dadaism, Surrealism, Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism.
Birth of Nina Morais Cohen, who published many articles on the rights of Jewish women and became an active suffragist and Jewish communal leader in Minneapolis.
Founder and first president of the National Council of Jewish Women in 1893, Hannah Greenebaum Solomon (who died on this date in 1942) represented a generation of middle-class Jewish women who paved the road for women’s voice in the public affairs of the Jewish community.
Mary Antin writes, “I was born, I have lived, and I have been made over. Is it not time to write my life’s story?”
Dr. Rosalyn S. Yalow accepted the Nobel Prize in medicine. At the Nobel banquet, she delivered a speech condemning continued discrimination against women working in traditionally male fields.
The Empire State Building marked the 110th Anniversary of the founding of The National Council of Jewish Women, on December 8 and 9, 2003 with NCJW-inspired illumination.
“I Am Woman” was the only song Reddy would ever write, but it was enough for millions of listeners.
Dr. Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori became the first American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in science.
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.
Amy Beth Sheridan graduates from flight school, becoming the first Jewish woman pilot in the U.S. Army.
Birth of Sally Lilienthal, Founder of Ploughshares Fund
Death of Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, who is buried next to her husband Wyatt Earp, renowned "gun slinger" and lawman.
"Holy Ground: The Jewish Songs of Woody Guthrie," a Klezmatics performance at the 92nd Street Y, featured songs inspired or written by Guthrie's mother-in-law, Aliza Greenblatt.
Birth of Hortense Calisher, author of memoirs, short stories, and more than ten novels including "False Entry" (1961) and "Sunday Jews" (2002).
Hundreds of events around the world marked the 75th birthday of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.
Emma Goldman, along with 248 other radical "aliens," was deported to the Soviet Union under the provisions of the 1918 Alien Act.
"Ding Dong School," an early and influential television program for preschoolers, debuted nationally.
Death of Frances Stern, founder of the world's first "food clinic," which served as a model for many nutrition clinics in the U.S. and abroad.
Regina Margareten, the "matriarch of the Kosher food industry," was profiled in the "New York Times" the day before her 95th birthday.
Union organizer Rose Finkelstein Norwood said, "When I saw a detective coming, I’d hide in the coats."
Birth of Anne Roiphe, feminist author of Up the Sandbox!
16-year-old Pauline Newman kicks off start of the largest rent strike New York City had ever seen; the strike helped lead to the eventual establishment of rent control in New York.
"Show Boat", based on Edna Ferber's book of the same name, premiered on Broadway. It is considered the first modern American musical.
Opening of the Broadway musical "On the Town," featuring the writing of librettist and lyricist Betty Comden.
Geraldine Brooks’ novel “People of the Book” reviewed in the Chicago Tribune
The New York Times remembers Madeleine Stern, “Faithful Friend”
Maxine Frank Singer, a leading biochemistry researcher and advocate of science education, stepped down after fourteen years as the president of the Carnegie Institution, a major national scientific research center.
Amanda Simpson, appointed by President Obama to the Department of Commerce, is believed to be the first transgender presidential appointee.
Ayn Rand, celebrated novelist and creator of Objectivism, delivered the completed manuscript of her novel "The Fountainhead" to her publisher.
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