This Week in History: Events in October
Anita Diamant’s imaginative engagement with the world of biblical women emerged with the publication of "The Red Tent."
Annie Leibovitz, known for her photographic portraits of celebrities, was born.
When she joined the ABC evening news as a co-anchor, Barbara Walters became the highest paid journalist, male or female, up to that time.
Aviel Barclay became the first certified female Torah scribe.
Driven by the passionate lobbying efforts of activist Annie Nathan Meyer, Barnard College opened its doors in a rented Madison Avenue brownstone.
Julie Seltzer, a soferet (female Torah scribe), was part of a living exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, portraying the painstaking process of writing the 304,805 Hebrew Letters of the Torah.
Thanks to the work of Frances Jacobs, Colorado's "Mother of Charity," construction begins on a Denver hospital dedicated to the care of tuberculosis patients.
Actress and producer Goldie Hawn had one of her biggest successes with the opening of the movie "Private Benjamin."
“The [Anita Hill] hearings ripped open the subject of sexual harassment like some sort of long-festering sore."
Women's American ORT was founded in a Brooklyn kitchen.
Rita Levi-Montalcini's pioneering work on nerve growth earned her the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Judge Jennie Loitman Barron, the first woman to serve on the Massachusetts Superior Court, was born.
"Golda's Balcony" opened on Broadway, starring Tovah Feldshuh in a one-woman play about Golda Meir.
The Kadima Reconstructionist Jewish Community in Seattle read from the first Torah ever commissioned to be written by women, and the first ever to be written by a group of women, known as the Women's Torah Project.
Esther Lederer, better known as "Ann Landers," published her first advice column.
The announcement that chemist Gertrude Elion had won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine represented the culmination of an unlikely career.
The Jewish Women's Archive joined with National Women's Philanthropy for an historic celebration of 350 years of Jewish women in America at the International Lion of Judah conference.
Gertrude Berg, star and producer of the popular radio comedy "The Goldbergs," made her television debut as Molly Goldberg.
Ernestine Rose, a leading early American advocate for women's rights, presided over the Fifth National Woman's Rights Convention in Philadelphia.
Irena Sendler Saves Jewish Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
Frances Y. Slanger, R.N. became the first American nurse killed in Europe after D-Day.
Ethel Stark is first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall
Rabbi Sally J. Priesand offered the opening prayer in the United States House of Representatives, at the invitation of Congresswoman Bella Abzug.
The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) faculty senate voted to allow women admission to the JTS Rabbinical School.
"Colonel Kades said, 'Miss Sirota has her heart set on the women's rights clause, so why don't we pass it?'"
Fania Mindell, Margaret Sanger, and Ethel Byrne opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in Brooklyn in 1916.
Judith R. Shapiro was inaugurated as president of Barnard College.
Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers put her boxing trivia to the test and came away with $64,000.
The Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act introduced by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky became law.
Anna Rosenberg became the first woman to receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States.
After trading New York City for Northern Israel’s Jezreel Valley, Lindheim became an ardent proponent of the kibbutz movement.
US Court of Appeals says Bette Midler's voice is distinctive.
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