08-31 TABLE of CONTENTS:
QUOTE by Carrie Chapman Catt.
Part 1of Dr. DiFonzo's review of the Michael Grossberg book exploring a Victorian Age custody battle
[Part 1of Dr. DiFonzo's review of the Michael Grossberg book exploring a Victorian Age custody battle when common law doctrine granted full sway to a father's decisions regarding child custody and family residence. Reproduced with permission of Dr. DiFonzo.]
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It Takes 100 Years...
For many years it appeared that women were voting the way their fathers and husbands were voting. It appeared that the woman's vote hadn't made any difference. But the analysts weren't really paying attention, for like HIStorians, they were not seeing what wasn't reflected in their mirrors.
In truth, women were moving up in the political parties, gaining strength and experience, gradually winning local and state elections, feeling their way, learning the business of women in politics.
And in the voting booth, gradually what is being called the "gender gap" surfaced. It made itself known dramatically to male political analysts in the 1990 election of Ann Richards as governor of Texas when droves of women who had never voted before lined up to register. Analysts said 62% of the women voting voted for Richards and carried the election, offsetting the men's votes that usually carried elections.
During the height of the suffrage battle, Carrie Chapman Catt said, "It takes 100 years to change people's minds." It's been just over 75 ...
08-31 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and EVENTS
B. 08-31-1827, Anna Bartlett, author of numerous books and novels and author of the hymn "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know." Collaborated on several books with her sister Susan Bogert Warner, 07-11-1819.
B. 08-31-1842, Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi, deciding to continue her medical training in France, became the first woman to enter "Ecole de Medecine." Graduating with honors, she returned to New York City to become a lecturer in Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell's Medical College and open a private practice. Because of her European training, she felt American women were not getting the quality of medical training they should and she became an exacting instructor as well as the organizer of the Association for the Advancement of the Medical Education of Women to improve the standards of women's medical training. She published more than 100 titles.
B. 08-31-1870, Maria Montessori, first woman to graduate in medicine from the University of Rome in 1894. Developed the Montessori system of education.
Event 08-31-1900, Mrs. Adolph Ladenburg rides a horse astride in the society spa of Saratoga, NY, and causes a scandal which fortunately doesn't last long because one writer said of the incident, "Farm women have been riding astride as long as there have been horses."
B. 08-31-1936, Marva Collins, founded Chicago's Westside Preparatory School that transforms so-called unteachable ghetto children into scholars.
QUOTES DU JOUR
CATT, CARRIE CHAPMAN:
"Women have suffered an agony of soul which you can never comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom.
"That vote has been costly.
-- Carrie Chapman Catt, November, 1920.
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