June in Women's History


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June Highlights in US Women's History

  • June 1, 1993 - Connie Chung becomes the second woman to co-anchor the evening news, 17 years after Barbara Walters became the first in 1976
  • June 9, 1949 - Georgia Neese Clark confirmed as the first woman treasurer of the United States
  • June 10, 1963 - Equal Pay Act enacted: "To prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce." (PL 88-38)
  • June 11, 1913 - Women in Illinois celebrate passage of a state woman suffrage bill allowing women to vote in presidential elections
  • June 17, 1873 - Susan B. Anthony's trial started for illegally voting in RochesterNew York on November 5, 1872
  • June 18, 1983 - Dr. Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space
  • June 20, 1921 - Alice Robertson ((R-Oklahoma) becomes the first woman to chair the House of Representatives
  • June 23, 1972 - Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, President Nixon signs one of the most important legislation initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920. This legislation guarantees equal access and equal opportunity for females and males in almost all aspects of our educational systems.
  • June 25, 1903 - Madame Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium

June Birthdays

  • June 2, 1907 (1998) - Dorothy West, writer, novelist in the Harlem Renaissance.
  • June 3, 1906 (1975) - Josephine Baker, dancer and jazz singer; fought racism
  • June 3, 1924 (1991) - Colleen Dewhurst, Tony award-winning actress
  • June 3, 1916 (1995) - Gloria Martin, socialist, feminist organizer who began Shakespeare & Martin Booksellers
  • June 3, 1919 (1989) - Elizabeth Koontz, first African-American president of National Education Association,
  • June 7, 1910 (1990) - Marion Wolcott, documentary photographer (1930)
  • June 7, 1909 (1994) - Jessica Tandy, award-winning actor from Blanche in "Streetcar Named Desire"(1947) to "Driving Miss Daisy"(1989)
  • June 7, 1917 (2000) - Gwendolyn Brooks, poet; first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize
  • June 8, 1900 (1981) - Estelle Griswold, birth control advocate and pioneer.
  • June 8, 1903 (1996) - Jessie Bernard, feminist critic and author.
  • June 9, 1896 (1994) - Catherine Shouse, philanthropist and political activist.
  • June 9, 1921 (1993) - Phyllis Wallace, acclaimed economist who wrote the first guidelines for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • June 11, 1880 (1973) - Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to Congress; pacifist and suffragist
  • June 12,1892 (1982)- Djuna Barnes, artist and journalist
  • June 12, 1899 (1994) - Anni Albers, refugee from Nazi Germany who created a weaving curriculum that included pre-Columbian weaving influences
  • June 14, 1811 (1896) - Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • June 14, 1952 - Pat Summit, coach of Tennessee's Women's Basketball team. She scored the most wins in NCAA history - 900 victories in 32 years
  • June 15, 1901 (1993) - Ruth Cowan, journalist, war correspondent, and investigative reporter.
  • June 15, 1916 (1989) - Olga Erteszek, Polish immigrant who established the Olga Company (1960).
  • June 15, 1920 (1994) - Amy Clampitt, poet and essayist.
  • June 16, 1892 (1972) -Jennie Grossinger, highly successful hotel proprietor.
  • June 16, 1895 (1990) - India Edwards, political activist in the Democratic Party.
  • June 16, 1902 (1992) - Barbara McClintock, biologist, Nobel Prize Winner (1983)
  • June 16, 1915 (1990) - Lucy Davidowicz, Polish refugee, one of the foremost historians of the Holocaust..
  • June 17, 1865 (1915) - Susan La Flesche Picotte, first Native American physician
  • June 17, 1908 (1989) -Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, editor, writer; founder of the School of the Jewish Woman (1933)
  • June 18, 1913 (1991) - Sylvia Porter, finance columnist and author
  • June 19, 1888 (1984) - Hilda Smith - Ran the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers from 1921 to 1933
  • June 20, 1905 (1984) - Lillian Hellman-Playwright, from "The Children's Hour"( 1934) to "The Little Foxes"(1939) and "Toys in the Attic" (1960); also wrote stories and memoirs
  • June 21, 1912 (1989) - Mary McCarthy, author and critic
  • June 22, 1906 (1993) - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, aviator, poet and author
  • June 22, 1909 (2006) - Katherine Dunham, dancer and choreographer; combined African movement and classical ballet
  • June 22,1929 (1990) - Rose Kushner, journalist, challenged the practice of radical mastectomy in the 1970s
  • June 23,1906 (1983) - Livingstone, Mary, radio comedian, first Jack Benny's secretary and then wife from 1932 until her retirement in early 1960s
  • June 23, 1921 (2010) - Jeanne Holm -First Air Force Major General in 1973, was on National Aeronautics and Space Administration Team
  • June 23, 1940 (1994) - Wilma Rudolph, athlete; first woman runner to win 3 gold medals in a single Olympics
  • June 24,1893 (1983) - Suzanne LaFollette - radical libertarian feminist, favored free market, no marriage, anti-communism, wrote for "Nation," founded "National Review" with Wm. Buckley, Jr. Father, William, was Progressive Republican, defeated for Congress after he voted against entry into WWI
  • June 26, 1902 (1989) - Antonia Brico, conductor, pianist; first women to conduct a world-class symphony orchestra in 1938
  • June 26, 1911 (1956) - Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, athlete; outstanding in basketball, track, swimming, golf, and billiards
  • June 26 ,1922 (1982) - Carolyn Sherif, social psychologist, researched how groups work in harmony, how groups work through conflict, and how women work in different ways from men
  • June 27, 1880 (1968) - Helen Keller, advocate for the disabled; writer and lecturer
  • June 28, 1946 (1989) – Gilda Radner, comedian, and star of “Saturday Night Life”.
  • June 29, 1897 (1992) –Kazue Togasaki, physician who pioneered a place in medicine for women of Japanese ancestry and was of the few physicians allowed to practice medicine in the Japanese Interment Camps during World War II
  • June 29, 1900 (1997) – Margaret Grierson, pioneering and renowned Smith College archivist. 
  • June 30, 1883 (1970) - Dorothy Tilly, civil rights reformer; investigated and protested lynching inGeorgia
  • June 30, 1899 (2001) – Margaret Byrd Rawson, educator who identified and treated reading disorder including dyslexia.  
  • June 30, 1903 (1999) – Glenna Collett , first  US Women’s Golf Champion (1922)
  • June 30, 1917 (2010) - Lena Horne, first African American woman to sign long-term Hollywoodcontract; fought for contracts guaranteeing African Americans could attend her shows