07-29 TABLE of CONTENTS:
QUOTES by Rosalyn Pier and Judith Sargeant Murry .
Republican Party Women Born on This Day
This is a great day for the Conservative women of the Republican Party. THREE important women of the Republican Party were born on this day four years apart - Nancy Landon Kassenbaum, Elizabeth Hanford Dole, and Marilyn Quayle.
B. 07-29-1932, Nancy Landon Kassenbaum, U. S. Senator from Kansas 1979-1996 and daughter of Alf Landon, the 1936 Republican nominee for president.
Although a much-admired fiscal conservative, when she became chair of the Senate Labor and Education Committee in 1994, she admitted paying only $5,075 in taxes on an income of $92,000 and refused to show her tax return. She did not seek reelection. Soon after she left office she married a Republican former cabinet member under the Nixon administration Baker.
NLK was appointed head of a committee to study the training of women following the sexual harassment scandals and recommended separate training facilities rather than insisting on men behaving. Predictably she came down on the side of separate training for men and women, a proposal that was ignored.
B. 07-29-1936, Elizabeth Hanford "Liddy" Dole, a talented woman who did what she had to do to get ahead.
An attorney, she was referred to as a "knee-jerk" liberal before she married the chairman of the Republican party, U.S. Senator Bob Dole in 1975. She became a political conservative and her political star skyrocketed.
EHD was appointed to head President Reagan's public liaison office, then was appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation 1983-87, admittedly to answer the gender-gap problem Reagan faced for not appointing women to important positions in his administration.
She was moved to head the Department of Labor 1989-90 by President Bush. In 1991 Bush appointed her the high-salaried president of the American Red Cross in what is seen by many insiders as a political payback to keep her husband, Bob Dole, from challenging Bush for the Republican nomination.
B. 07-29-1949, Marilyn Quayle, attorney-wife of Vice President Dan Quayle under President Bush.
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07-29 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and EVENTS
B. 07-29-1742, Isabella Marshall Graham - Scottish-born U.S. educator. ISB was widowed young with children and moved to New York city seeking a better life for her family. She opened a very successful girl's school. She also organized a group to aid widows with small children, one of the first such organizations in the U.S.
B. 07-29-1897, Dorothy Shaver - U.S. business executive. DS was president of the noted retail store organization Lord and Taylor (1945) and was probably the first woman to head an American retail enterprise of that size.
She enlarged the main New York store and formulated the branch system that spread L&T stores across the nation, locating them in mostly in upscale malls.
She was born and raised in Mena, Arkansas.
B. 07-29-1905, Clara Bow - U.S. motion-picture actor called the "it" girl for her blatant portrayal of sexuality. Born of poverty, her mother died in a mental institution and her father habitually deserted the family from the time CB was an infant. She faced emotional instability in later life and by her own choosing lived near hospitals.
B. 07-29-1906, Mary Gindhart Roebling - U.S. banker and president of the Trenton, New Jersey Trust (1937) and a governor of the American Stock Exchange (1958). Her mother was a music teacher.
B. 07-29-1954, Flo Hyman - U.S. athlete who through her sparkling play singlehandedly volleyball from obscurity to international competition.
An Afro-American who stood six feet, five inches tall, FH passed on years of her college eligibility to play with the U.S. national team and won the silver runner-up medal in the 1984 Olympics.
She turned pro to play in Japan and collapsed and died during a game in 1986, the victim of undiagnosed Marfan's syndrome - a genetic heart disorder that was little understood at the time. Her death advanced the interest in the disease, and early diagnosis and treatment is almost certain today.
Event 07-29-1987: Lucille Babcock drove transport trucks and ambulances through Italy and Egypt during World War II and became 100% disabled after her left leg was shattered when a bomb struck the ambulance she was driving.
However, at 65 she saved a Little Rock, Akansas woman from a would-be rapist. A man was was trying to abduct a woman on the street. LB banged him repeatedly over the head with her cane even after he threatened to kill her if she didn't stop bothering him.
She didn't stop, and by the time the police arrived, he was cowering behind a light pole, begging protection from the police.
Event 07-29-1994: John Bayard Britton, the doctor at the Pensacola Women's clinic, and James Barrett, an escort who was protecting Britton from the violent anti-abortionists blockading the clinic were shot to death by Reverend Paul Hill. Rev. Hill said that killing a doctor who performed abortions was "justifiable homicide."
A Florida jury disagreed and called Hill's crime murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
June Barrett was wounded in the attack that killed her husband.
QUOTES DU JOUR
"Language is only a vehicle to express our thoughts and when that language is racist or sexist, it is conveying those underlying feelings.
"Opponents say it is too cumbersome and difficult to change the language. Let them live for one day under the umbrella of womankind and try to see themselves as being automatically included in that group listening to everyday language. Those who oppose changing the language are really saying that they don't want to give up the patriarchy, or supremacy, as the case may be."
-- Rosalyn Pier writing to the complier of WOAH via Internet June, 1992.
MURRAY, JUDITH SARGEANT:
"...is it reasonable, that a candidate for immortality (women going to heaven) . . . should at present be so degraded, as to be allowed no other ideas, than those which are suggested by the mechanisms of a pudding, or the sewing of the seams of a garment?"
-- Judith Sargeant Murray of Massachusetts in a 1779 essay. She was probably a friend of Abigail Adams.
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