01-28 TABLE of CONTENTS:
QUOTES by Margaret Thatcher, Julia Ward Howe, and John Stuart Mills.
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01-28 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and EVENTS
B. 01-28-1572, Saint Jane Frances of Chantal, a widow with four children, cofounded the Visitation Order in France that had grown to more than 80 houses at her death in 1641.
B. 01-28-1693, Anna, Czar of the Russias from 1730 to 1740. Although historians say she had little interest in government, she tore up the agreement she had been forced to sign to become Czar, i.e., that the monarchy be limited under the control of a Supreme Privy Council. She abolished the Privy Council instead.
B. 01-28-1862, Hannah Bachman Einstein, through her varied charitable efforts with the Temple Emanu-El sisterhood, Hannah became convinced that the maintaining of the family was vitally important and lobbied for a system of mother's pensions that would allow mothers to stay home with their children instead of the children being placed in institutions. The family reform was adopted in New York and by HBE's death had spread to nearly all the other states.
B. 01-28-1873, (Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette, outstanding French author whose novels are noted for their exact sensory evocation of sounds, smells, tastes, textures, and colors. Who else would describe soup as tasting like "a badly swept hay loft," or a hot water bottle as being "soft to the feet like a live animal's tummy"? She often wrote of love - particularly from the female viewpoint - including same sex themes.
B. 01-28-1900, Alice Neel, American portrait painter best known for her studies in Spanish Harlem where she lived for many years. Her portraits were individual in style which was somewhat impressionistic.
B. 01-28-1903, Dame Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale, British crystallographer who developed a number of x-ray methods for studying crystal structure and enlarged her field of interest to medical problems. In 1945 she became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Society of London and in 1956 became Dame of the British Empire.
B. 01-28-1903, Gladys Marie Dickason, American labor economist, organizer, and leader. Although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she felt it would destroy women's protective legislation, she believed in "equal opportunity for all men and women to participate actively in shaping the conditions of their lives."
Event 01-28-1921, a study by the U.S. House of Representatives was released which showed motherhood was safer in 17 countries than in the United States. The study led to a federal funding for infant and maternity care.
Recent studies during the 1990s shown the U.S. still lagging behind other developed nations.
Event: 01-28-1986, first women killed in the U.S. Space program when the Challenger explodes, and astronaut Judith Resnick and Christa McCauliffe died along with five male crew members shortly after launch at Cape Canaveral, FL. They became the first women killed in earth's space programs.
Event 01-28-1988, Canadian Supreme Court rules restrictive abortion law is unconstitutional.
QUOTES DU JOUR
"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman."
-- Margaret Thatcher
HOWE, JULIA WARD:
"The professions indeed supply the key-stone to the arch of women's liberty."
-- Julia Ward Howe
MILLS, JOHN STUART:
"One can, to an almost laughable degree, infer what a man's wife is like from his opinions about women in general."
-- John Stuart Mills
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