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February 10

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Do men and women speak the same language?


QUOTE from History of Woman Suffrage.

Do men and women speak the same language?

The following is a simply psychological test that may answer the question. Answer True or False. Answers at the end of this column.

1. Men talk more than women do.

2. Women interrupt men more frequently than men interrupt women.

3. Men look at women more often when conversing with them than women look at men.

4. Women learn languages more quickly than men.

5. In discussions involving both men and women, women tend to set the agenda and determine the topics that will be discussed.

6. In a mixed discussion, women talk about a wider range of subjects than men do.

7. In a conversation with another person, a woman generally nods to show that she agree with the speaker.

8. Women speak far more politely than men.

9. Men and women use the same set of words.

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B. 02-10-1693, Marquise de la Mizanger, considered the earliest woman in France to compose piano music. She toured extensively giving harpsichord recitals.

Event: 02-10-1855: Women's Hospital in New York City, the first woman's hospital in the world, founded by women for the exclusive use of women where women were normal and not "other."

B. 02-10-1883, Edith Clarke, first women to receive a M.S. from MIT, first woman elected as a fellow of AIEE (1948). Patented a calculating device to predict behavior of electrical systems. Her main career was with General Electric although she taught at various times during her life. Her Circuit Analysis of A-C Power Systems (1943, 1950) was the authoritative text in the field. Her mother who had nine children, six living, ran the family farm after her father's death but died five years later.

B. 02-10-1898, Dame Judith Anderson, Australian-born American stage and film actor. In 1918 her mother sought escape from grinding poverty in Australia by taking JA - a budding amateur actor - to Hollywood. Unable to find work, she took JA to New York where she sewed to keep them alive while JA made the rounds of casting studios.
      Finally in 1924 JA got a good role and was an immediate star.
She premiered many of Eugene O'Neill's plays and is recognized as one of the pre-eminent actors of the era. Did a number of Hollywood films including the immortal rendition of Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca (1940). And her Medea is one of the famous moments of theatre. Received her insignia of a Dame Commander of the British Empire 07-12-1960.

B. 02-10-1902, Stella Adler, actor, director, and considered by many as the finest teacher of acting of her generation.

B. 02-10-1927, Leontyne Price, superb lyric soprano. One of the first black women to sing traditional "white" roles in opera. Sang in all of the leading opera houses of the world. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964).

B. 02-10-1939, Roberta Flack, Grammy award singer and composer. "First Time Ever I saw Your Face," and "Killing Me Softly" (1973) electrified an entire generation.

B. 02-10-1939, Barbara Kolb, American composer, winner of the Grand Prix de Rome (1969), professor at Wellesley College

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      "While the general principles of the Bible are in favor of the most enlarged freedom and equality of the race, isolated texts have been used to block the wheels of progress in all periods; thus bigots have defended capital punishment, intemperance, slavery, polygamy, and the subjection of women. The creeds of all nations make obedience to man the cornerstone of (women's) religious character. Fortunately, however, more liberal minds are now giving us higher and purer expositions of the scriptures."
            -- Volume 1, History of Woman Suffrage, edited and written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Josyln Gage. 1881.

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