This Week in History: Events in July
Anne Lapidus Lerner was named Vice Chancellor for public affairs at the Jewish Theological Seminary, becoming the first woman to hold a Vice Chancellor post at the Seminary.
Haviva Ner-David's book "Life on the Fringes," about her commitment to an evolving feminist Orthodoxy and her quest for rabbinic ordination, was published.
Founding of Ma’yan, Home for Young Women’s Resources
Martha Minow was appointed Dean of Harvard Law School, becoming the second Jewish woman to hold the position.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) begins its work for women's equality.
Advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) were born as Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman.
"For those of us who believe in some human values, it is terribly important that we just keep this little fire burning." - Psychologist Hanna Segal
Birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, daughter of a German Jewish immigrant father and a Mexican Catholic mother.
"I fought against fascism. Whatever else, I can hold my head up high because of that." - Ruth Werner, Soviet spy
Esther Broner "made room for us at the table by creating a whole new one—a Seder table at which women’s voices were heard.”
Abigail Levy Franks, the most noted of American Jewish colonial letter writers, wrote her son Naphtali, admonishing him to eat nothing but "bread & butter" wherever food preparation was "not done after our Strict Judiacall [kosher] method."
Jennie Tourel, beloved opera singer and one of the first artists to teach in Israel, performed alongside Leonard Bernstein atop Mount Scopus to commemorate the end of the Six-Day War.
Hortense Calisher's award-winning short story "The Middle Drawer" was published in the New Yorker magazine.
"Still Crossing," a dance choreographed by Liz Lerman, was performed in Manhattan's Battery Park as part of the celebration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.
Death of political activist and trade unionist Clara Lemlich Shavelson.
"When Harry Met Sally," with a screenplay by Nora Ephron, was released. The screenplay was later nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Tillie Lewis, who introduced Italian tomatoes to America, opened the first cannery owned by a woman on her 34th birthday.
"I felt for a long time that I had lost my voice, and I feel that I am getting it back." - Activist Daphni Leef
Lyricist Dorothy Fields, who wrote the classics "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "The Way You Look Tonight," was born.
Though her equipment and work was destroyed in wartime Europe, photographer Jeanne Mandello created a new life for herself in South America.
Rose Schneiderman was elected vice chairman of the newly-formed New York State Labor Party.
When Jetskalina Phillips, a retired Kansas schoolteacher, made a generous bequest for the establishment of a Judaica curatorship at Boston’s MFA, the MFA tapped a Renaissance scholar with a hardy work ethic to build its collection.
Simone Veil, first European Parliament president, received the first Johanna Löwenherz Award, a bequest from a 19th century feminist.
A Summer Institute in Women's History, held at Sarah Lawrence College from July 13-29, 1979 immersed 43 female leaders in women's history and led to the creation of Women's History Month.
The "New York World" published Emma Goldman's anarchist manifesto, "What I Believe."
Jewish Women International (JWI) sponsored the first conference on domestic abuse in the Jewish community, entitled "Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness: A Call to Action," in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Yiddish is a language rich in humor, depth and expression.” - Historian Chava Turniansky
Silent film star Theda Bara was born.
Death of Elsa Neumann, first female doctoral graduate of University of Berlin
An avid student of history, Selma Stern-Taeubler became the founding director of the American Jewish Archives.
Blu Greenberg was honored with Hadassah's highest honor, the Henrietta Szold award, at a convention banquet.
The International Encyclopedia of Dance, edited by dance historian Selma Jeanne Cohen, was reviewed in the New York Times.
Artistic iconoclast and literary pioneer Gertrude Stein dies in France.
The "Jewish Exponent" announced that Henrietta Szold would be moving to Philadelphia from her home in Baltimore to serve as the secretary and first paid employee of the Jewish Publication Society.
Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.
Blanche Wolf Knopf, longtime leader of the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, was born.
The WAVES program, enlisting female volunteers in the U.S. Navy, was established. Miriam Miller was among the first enlistees.
Canadian Bobbie Rosenfeld won an Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter race. The 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, were the first in which women were allowed to compete in track & field events.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: Events in July." (Viewed on April 23, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek/jul>.