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This Week in History: Events in June

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris, 1923

Gertrude Stein publishes Alice B. Toklas "Autobiography"

June 1, 1933

"The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," in fact the autobiography of American expatriate modernist writer Gertrude Stein, was published.

Estelle Joan Sommers takes over Capezio

June 1, 1964

Estelle Joan Sommers, dancewear manufacturer and philanthropist, made headlines when she took over her husband's Capezio shop.

Susan Schneider

Publication of "Jewish and Female"

June 1, 1984

Susan Weidman Schneider published "Jewish and Female: Choices and Changes in Our Lives Today."

Flora Lewis

Death of Flora Lewis, “the world’s greatest correspondent”

June 2, 2002
“More and more people are coming to realize that they can choose their history. What a wonderful time to have been able to watch up close!”
Rabbi Sally Priesand, Cropped

First American woman rabbi

June 3, 1972

Sally Priesand was the first woman to ever be ordained as a rabbi by a rabbinical seminary.

Miriam Cantor-Stone on Wendy Wasserstein's Tony Award Thumbnail

Wendy Wasserstein first woman playwright to win Tony Award

June 4, 1989

Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, for "The Heidi Chronicles."

Sylvia Porter

Sylvia Porter one of first women honored as "Headliner"

June 5, 1943

Financial journalist Sylvia Porter was one of the first women honored by the Headliners' Club.

Gerda Lerner

"What is Women's History?"

June 5, 2005

Acclaimed historian Gerda Lerner received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The following day, as part of a conference in her honor, she gave a keynote address titled, "What Is Women's History and Why Should We Study It?"

First Jewish woman lawyer admitted to Washington state bar

June 6, 1901

Bella Weretnikow, the first female Jewish lawyer in Seattle, was admitted to the state bar.

Rabbi Alysa Stanton with Gail Reimer, 2010

Alysa Stanton ordained as first African-American female rabbi

June 6, 2009

Alysa Stanton becomes the world's first African-American female rabbi.

Thumbnail of Rachel King on Carole King's Album, Tapestry, 2015

Carole King Releases "Tapestry"

June 7, 1971

Singer-songwriter Carole King released the album "Tapestry."

Joan Rivers Performing, 2009

Comic marvel Joan Rivers is born

June 8, 1933

Comic marvel Joan Rivers is born

Steve Benson on Sophie Okonedo Winning the Tony Award Thumbnail

Sophie Okonedo wins a Tony Award for “Raisin in the Sun”

June 8, 2014
"I feel as proud to be Jewish as I feel to be black." Tony Award winner Sophie Okonedo
Feminist Seder, 1991

Birth of feminist Letty Cottin Pogrebin

June 9, 1939

Birth of writer, feminist, and peace activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

Deborah Moore

Deborah Dash Moore receives the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award

June 10, 2013

"No area offered greater freedom and challenge than American Jewish history… It has been a great voyage.” - Deborah Dash Moore

Leah Berkenwald

JWA Writer Leah Berkenwald Wins Blogging Award

June 11, 2012
JWA blogger Leah Berkenwald made “connections between the themes of freedom and equality in the most widely read story of her generation to the movement for equal rights for women and resistance to bigotry in a clear, energetic and youthful voice.”
Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond joins the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame

June 12, 2013

"The most skillful hand is the most invisible one.” - Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond

Paula Sinclair on Katrina's Jewish Voices (Image)

JWA launches Katrina’s Jewish Voices, one of the first online collecting projects

June 12, 2006

JWA launches Katrina’s Jewish Voices, one of the first online collecting projects

Vera Caspary

Death of prolific screenwriter and novelist Vera Caspary

June 13, 1987

“Those who come after us may find it easier to assert independence, but will miss the grand adventure of having been born a woman in this century of change.” Screenwriter Vera Caspary

Death of education advocate and art collector Margaret Seligman Lewisohn

June 14, 1954

“The schools will only be as good as we citizens desire them to be." Margaret Seligman Lewisohn

Steve Benson on Judith Malina and the Living Theatre Thumbnail

European debut of Judith Malina's Living Theatre

June 15, 1961

Judith Malina's off-Broadway troupe, Living Theatre, made its European debut in Rome.

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali

MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser wins “the Nobel Prize in computing”

June 15, 2013

MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser won the Alan M. Turing Award for her work in computer cryptography, which revolutionized internet security.

Jennie Grossinger, Debbie Reynolds, and Eddie Fisher

Jennie Grossinger Day!

June 16, 1968

Governor Nelson Rockefeller designated Jennie Grossinger Day in New York State, the first time this honor was bestowed on a living woman.

Trude Weiss-Rosmarin

Birth of Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, editor and commentator on American Jewish life

June 17, 1908

Longtime editor of the "Jewish Spectator," Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, was born.

Gertrude Weil, 1901

First North Carolinian graduates from Smith College

June 18, 1901

Suffragist Gertrude Weil became the first North Carolinian to graduate from Smith College.

The Women’s Mizrachi Federation in America, Detroit Meeting, circa 1960s

Mizrachi Women meet independently for first time

June 19, 1939

The first independent meeting of the Mizrachi Women's Organization opened.

Judith Rosenbaum on Ethel Rosenberg Thumbnail

Execution of Ethel Rosenberg

June 19, 1953

Ethel Rosenberg was executed alongside her husband, Julius Rosenberg.

Hilary Price

First syndicated appearance of "Rhymes With Orange"

June 19, 1995

Hilary Price became the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated daily cartoon strip when "Rhymes With Orange" appeared in national newspapers for the first time.

Fanny Brice

Fanny Brice's Ziegfeld Follies debut

June 20, 1910

Comic actress Fanny Brice appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies for the first time.

Felice Gaer asks U.N. to take on anti-Semitism

June 21, 2004

Human rights activist Felice Gaer addressed the United Nations Conference on Anti-Semitism.

Judith Rosenbaum on Rose Kushner Thumbnail

Birth of Cancer Patient Advocate Rose Kushner

June 22, 1929

"We women should be free, knowledgeable, and completely conscious when the time comes for a decision, so that we can make it for ourselves." Cancer patient advocate Rose Kushner

Maxine Singer

Biochemist Maxine Frank Singer receives National Medal of Science

June 23, 1992

Maxine Frank Singer, a leading biochemistry researcher and advocate of science education, was awarded the National Medal of Science.

Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin receives lifetime achievement award in modern dance

June 23, 1997

Anna Halprin was awarded the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in modern dance.

amFAR AIDS Research Logo

Spotlight on work of AIDS activist Mathilde Krim

June 24, 1983

The "New York Times" reported on Mathilde Krim's newly established AIDS Medical Foundation.

Lisa Batya Feld on Annie Londonderry Thumbnail

First woman to cycle the globe begins journey

June 25, 1894

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, known as Annie Londonderry, began a round-the-world bicycle trip. She became the first woman to travel around the globe by bicycle.

Loren Galler Rabinowitz and David Mitchell, 2004

Loren Galler Rabinowitz crowned “Miss Massachusetts”

June 26, 2010

Olympic medal winning ice-skater is crowned Miss Massachusetts, following in the footsteps of Bess Myserson, the first Jewish Miss America.

"Something Rotten in America"

June 27, 1931

Labor economist Theresa Wolfson was the principal speaker at the opening of the Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers in Industry.

Suspicious of forced tonsillectomies, Jewish mothers riot

June 27, 1906

On June 27, 1906, Jewish mothers on New York City’s Lower East Side rioted against tonsillectomies they suspected were being performed on their children.

Molly Picon

Award for Yiddish actress, Molly Picon

June 28, 1980

Yiddish superstar comedienne Molly Picon received the Creative Achievement Award of the Performing Arts Unit of B'nai B'rith.

"Inheritance" 2006

Two women’s lives collide in the film “Inheritance”

June 29, 2006

"In these women's tears and twisted smiles ... are the living wounds of history."

Reform rabbis debate women's ordination

June 30, 1922

The Central Conference of American Rabbis resolved that "women cannot justly be denied the privilege of [rabbinical] ordination." The first American woman would not be ordained until 1972.

"The Guiding Light"

Irna Phillips produces "The Guiding Light" on TV

June 30, 1952

"Guiding Light," created by Irna Phillips, debuted on television. It aired from 1952 to 2009, making it the longest-running daily television program.

Judith Rosenbaum on NOW Thumbnail

Meetings held to plan National Organization for Women

June 30, 1966

The foundation for the National Organization for Women was laid at a meeting in Betty Friedan's hotel room in Washington, DC.

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