This Week in History: Events in November
"End the Arms Race - Not the Human Race" was the slogan of the first day-long strike organized by the Women Strike For Peace organization.
Emma Lazarus wrote her famous poem, "The New Colossus," which has become indelibly associated with the American ideal of freedom represented by the Statue of Liberty.
The impact of the publication of "Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape" was reflected in four different articles published in the "Washington Post."
Elected to the U.S. Congress on this date, Bella Abzug claimed that she spent her days "figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure."
Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Jewish women senators, the first female senators from California, and the first two women to ever represent any state at the same time.
Women’s basketball pioneer Nancy Lieberman becomes the first woman to coach a NBA D-League men’s basketball team
Nancy Lieberman, the first woman to play professional basketball in a men’s league, becomes the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team.
Linda Lingle became the first female and first Jew to be elected Governor in the state of Hawaii.
Florence Melton wanted others to "spend some, save some, and share some."
Madeleine Kunin won election as governor of Vermont, becoming the first Jewish woman governor of an American state.
“If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn." Viola Spolin, the “godmother of improvisation"
Jazz singer and WWII USO champion Hannah Block is awarded North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Nita M. Lowey was elected to the House of Representatives from New York.
Movie vamp Carmel Myers thought "Nice ladies are just like wallpaper."
Ruth Nussbaum preserves a Torah on Kristallnacht.
Author, educator, and Zionist pioneer Jesse Sampter died.
Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, public activist and pioneer in the fight for women's and human rights.
There are 230 heroines in Caroline Moorehead’s book "A Train in Winter."
Modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow debuted on Broadway.
Pioneering Yiddish scholar Ruth Wisse was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.
Hundreds of women met in Tuxedo Hall in New York City for the first national convention of the National Council of Jewish Women.
The election of Shoshana Cardin as the first woman to lead the Council of Jewish Federations opened a new era for women's involvement in national Jewish institutions.
Alma Gluck, the most popular concert singer of her day, made her debut.
Photographer Diana Mara Henry documented historic women’s march on the Pentagon.
Soprano Roberta Peters debuted at the Metropolitan Opera when she replaced a colleague on six hours notice; she achieved the longest tenure of any Met soprano.
Jaimy Gordon received the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction for Lord of Misrule.
Spearheaded by Bella Abzug, the federally funded National Women's Conference convened in Houston to put forward a National Plan of Action.
Emma Lazarus, author of the "The New Colossus," the poem that has come to represent the voice of the Statue of Liberty, died at age 38.
Gertrude Berg debuted as matriarch Molly Goldberg on NBC Radio's "The Goldbergs."
New York communal worker Rebekah Kohut was honored for 50 years of dedicated service at a gala dinner for 800, where she was presented with $50,000 to distribute to her favorite charities.
Clara Lemlich's passionate words sparked the "Uprising of the 20,000," a general strike of New York garment workers that marked a turning point in U.S. labor activism.
After the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein was sworn in as the first female mayor of San Francisco.
A group of Jewish women in Charleston, South Carolina deplored the death of British author Grace Aguilar as a "national calamity."
Sports Illustrated features Rena Glickman, the Mother of Woman’s Judo and Recipient of Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun.
The first shelter for Jewish women discharged from New York jails was opened by the New York section of the National Council of Jewish Women.
When Nora Ephron died, she would miss “taking a bath. Coming over the bridge to Manhattan. Pie.”
"Free To Be You and Me," the album of non-sexist stories and songs that helped shape the self-understanding and world view of a generation of children, was released.
Creator of Central Park Boathouse Adeline Moses Loeb dies
“In that week we learned the meaning not only of perseverance, but also of the love of art for art's sake."
In a letter, Phoebe Yates Levy Pember informed her sister that she was about to become a top administrator at the Confederacy's largest military hospital.
Death of teacher and author Ilona Karmel, who drew upon her experiences as a young girl in Nazi labor camps and offered one of the first literary portrayals of the Holocaust.
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