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February 14

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Architect Marion Griffin


QUOTE by Fran Lebowitz.

Marion Lucy Mahony Griffin

Born Feb. 14, 1871, Marion Lucy Mahony Griffin, architect, delineator, the second woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology architects course, and the first woman to register to practice architecture in Illinois. Working with Frank Lloyd Wright from 1895 she refused to take over his Prairie School when he went to Europe but agreed to stay as designer.
      She actually designed several of the homes Wright is famous for and on his return from Europe Wright accused her of trying to steal clients and projects.She broke with him in 1909. She assisted her husband in the design of Canberra, Australia and lived there for 20 years.
      After a stint in India and the death of her husband, at 67 she returned to Chicago and remained active for over two decades. Her renderings and delineators of the designs of Wright and Walter Burley Griffin make it difficult to decide where one began and the other left off. Her widowed mother was principal of the Kaminsky School in Chicago.

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B. 02-14-1838, Margaret E. Knight held 27 patents including the machinery that makes flat-bottomed paper bags (rather than the envelope type). The basic machinery concept which she patented in 1870 is still in use today.
      Dubbed the female Edison, she failed to realize great financial profit from her inventions which included a safety valve for power looms (invented when she was 12) to six patents for shoe manufacturing machinery, plus valves, rotors, even engines.

B. 02-14-1847, Anna Howard Shaw, American suffrage leader, first woman ordained in the Methodist Protestant church. Ordination had been refused by the Methodist Episcopal. Received MD from Boston University in 1885. Was president of the American Woman Suffrage Association from 1904-15.

B. 02-14-1878, Alice Sturtevant Howard, founder of merchant marine library association in 1921.

B. 02-14-1897, Kathleen Morrow Elliot, author of books for children.

B. 02-14-1898, Angela Bambace-Santos Brazilian labor organizer and leader. Active in the organization of the ILGWU.

B. 02-14-1904, Hertta Elina Kuusiner, member of the Finland Diet, served as minister without portfolio in the Finnish Cabinet.

B. 02-14-1935, Mickey Wright, American golfer won a record 82 Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments.

B. 02-14-1941, Donna Shalala, appointed Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by Bill Clinton, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin and the first woman to head a Big 10 school, president of Hunter College for seven years, and professor at Columbia.
      Her mother was a ranking tennis player holding down two teaching jobs while attending law school at night and raising her twin daughters.

Event 02-14-1985, by a vote of 636-267 the U.S. Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Jews accepted women as rabbis. The 1984 vote fell 22 short of the 75% approval requirement.

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      "Girls [sic] who put out are tramps. Girls [sic] who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a Lesbian."
            -- Fran Lebowitz, humorist.

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