This Week in History: Events in June
"The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," in fact the autobiography of American expatriate modernist writer Gertrude Stein, was published.
Estelle Joan Sommers, dancewear manufacturer and philanthropist, made headlines when she took over her husband's Capezio shop.
Susan Weidman Schneider published "Jewish and Female: Choices and Changes in Our Lives Today."
Sally Priesand was the first woman to ever be ordained as a rabbi by a rabbinical seminary.
Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, for "The Heidi Chronicles."
Financial journalist Sylvia Porter was one of the first women honored by the Headliners' Club.
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?"
Bella Weretnikow, the first female Jewish lawyer in Seattle, was admitted to the state bar.
Alysa Stanton becomes the world's first African-American female rabbi.
Singer-songwriter Carole King released the album "Tapestry."
Comic marvel Joan Rivers is born
Birth of writer, feminist, and peace activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.
"No area offered greater freedom and challenge than American Jewish history… It has been a great voyage.” - Deborah Dash Moore
"The most skillful hand is the most invisible one.” - Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond
JWA launches Katrina’s Jewish Voices, one of the first online collecting projects
“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
“The schools will only be as good as we citizens desire them to be." Margaret Seligman Lewisohn
Judith Malina's off-Broadway troupe, Living Theatre, made its European debut in Rome.
MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser Wins “the Nobel Prize in Computing”
Governor Nelson Rockefeller designated Jennie Grossinger Day in New York State, the first time this honor was bestowed on a living woman.
Longtime editor of the "Jewish Spectator," Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, was born.
Suffragist Gertrude Weil became the first North Carolinian to graduate from Smith College.
The first independent meeting of the Mizrachi Women's Organization opened.
Ethel Rosenberg was executed alongside her husband, Julius Rosenberg.
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.
Comic actress Fanny Brice appeared in the Ziegfield Follies for the first time.
Human rights activist Felice Gaer addressed the United Nations Conference on Anti-Semitism.
"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 Frank Singer, a leading biochemistry researcher and advocate of science education, was awarded the National Medal of Science.
Anna Halprin was awarded the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in modern dance.
The "New York Times" reported on Mathilde Krim's newly established AIDS Medical Foundation.
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.
Olympic medal winning ice-skater is crowned Miss Massachusetts, following in the footsteps of Bess Myserson, the first Jewish Miss America.
Labor economist Theresa Wolfson was the principal speaker at the opening of the Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers in Industry.
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.
Yiddish superstar comedienne Molly Picon received the Creative Achievement Award of the Performing Arts Unit of B'nai B'rith.
"In these women's tears and twisted smiles ... are the living wounds of history."
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.
"Guiding Light," created by Irna Phillips, debuted on television. It aired from 1952 to 2009, making it the longest-running daily television program.
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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