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January 21

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Sex Harassment post-Anita Hill


QUOTES from Boston Globe, and by Golda Meir, Queen Elizabeth I, Jodie Foster, and Boadicea.

In the December 5, 1994 Time magazine:

      "A ghost of Christmas Past (and Crass) at HUD - Three whole years after the Hill-Thomas hearings, Washington has learned how to handle sexual harassment cases, right? Maybe, maybe not. A high-level supervisor at the Department of Housing and Urban Development who handed out edible candy panties and chocolate penises to his female employees at a HUD Christmas party last year has been quietly transferred to a different department and allowed to keep his $69,000-to-$90,000 GS-15 salary. 'I guess they thought that was adequate punishment,' a HUD spokesman explains."

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B. 01-21-1840, Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, after a strenuous campaign SLJ gained legislation permission for women to receive an M.D. degree and be licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Britain (1876). She was forced to get her own M.D. at the University of Bern in Switzerland and be licensed in Ireland to practice medicine in Great Britain!

B. 01-21-1853, Helen Hamilton Gardener, writer and lecturer who became prominent with a well-researched article that disproved the popular masculist claims that women's brains were inferior to men's brains. Her novel Is This Your Son, My Lord? was a best seller. She headed the highly effective diplomatic wing of the National American women's Suffrage Association. She was a freethinker.

B. 01-21-1871, Olga Preobrajenska, Imperial Russian ballet prima ballerina and teacher who taught the Russian style from her Paris studio.

B. 01-21-1886, Cora Barbara Hennel, in 1912 received the first Ph. D. in Mathematics awarded by Indiana University where she would teach for the next 40 years, finally making full professor in 1936 after 27 years of service. At the time only four women in the entire state were full professors.

Event 01-21-1908: the Sullivan Ordinance is passed in New York City making it illegal for women to smoke in public, punishable by a fine of $5-25 and ten days in jail. And they arrested women!

B. 01-21-1910, Patsy Kelly, a generation of Americans looked for this character actor's name as a guarantee of humor and good times in a movie. Returned to the stage in No, No Nanette (1971) and won a Tony. Spent her last years with Ruby Keeler and lived with or was close friends with a number of women actors including Tallulah Bankhead.

B. 01-21-1919, Jinx Falkenburg, model, actor, swimming champion, and TV and radio entertainer.

B. 01-21-1922, Jade Snow Wong, author First Chinese Daughter.

B. 01-21-1923, Lola Flores who in 1994 was honored with a special gold medal from the Spanish government her for life's work as one of the nation's most popular flamenco dancers and film actors. Her off-stage life was as glamorous as on with a series of famous lovers.

Event 01-21-1987, the U.S. Supreme Court rules a state may determine if a woman's pregnancy makes her eligible for unemployment insurance. The 1976 Federal Unemployment Tax Act determined that pregnancy is to be treated the same as any other disability. In the Missouri case in question, state law stipulates disability must be work-related to qualify the person for unemployment insurance.

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      "What, after all, is feminism? What makes a truly liberated woman? Is feminism - as a social movement - no more than a collection of individual women who want to be equal to men in a women's world? Is the real liberated woman one who does little more than say yes to careeism, safe sex and 'making it' in America's overhyped, sensationalistic, commercial culture? Or is feminism about obtaining equality AND making a difference. Is it about helping the majority of women improve their lives by transforming that culture?"
            -- Boston Globe editorial, 1990

      "Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that."
            -- Golda Meir, (1898-1978) former Milwaukee school teacher and Prime Minister of Israel.

In her famous speech to the troops at Tilbury, Queen Elizabeth I told them:
      "I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm, to which, rather than any dishonor should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field."

      "I'm really sick of people apologizing for feminism as if it would leave nasty stains. Feminism is one of the world's great humanisms. It's about making the world more human."
            -- Jodie Foster, actor, director, producer, and head of her own film company.

      "It will not be the first time, Britons, that you have been victorious under the conduct of your queen. For my part, I come not here as one descended of royal blood, not to fight for empire or riches, but as one of the common people, to avenge the loss of their liberty, the wrong of myself and children."
            -- Boadicea (c 60 BC as quoted in Biography of Distinguished Women by Sarah Josepha Hale).

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