11-05 TABLE of CONTENTS:
QUOTES by Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Janet Reno.
"Feminist Lucy Stone visited a frontier area of Illinois in 1856 and observed a wife who slept in an outhouse all winter while her husband had his bed near the fire in the cabin. He was punishing her for giving birth to a girl. The frontierswoman, whether the frontier was Illinois in 1805 or Wyoming in 1860, faced all kinds of hardships with courage and determination. She is the unsung heroic figure of the settlement of the West - she, not the series of Daniel Boones who have been memorialized in poetry and song."
-- From Sochen, June. Herstory, A Record of the American Woman's Past, second edition. Sherman Oaks, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. 1981.
11-05 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and EVENTS
B. 11-05-1807, Eliza Emily Chappell Porter, spent a lifetime organizing schools in several states. During the Civil War gathered and distributed supplies to Union soldiers and hospitals. She joined with Mary Ann Bickerdyke in nursing soldiers in Gen. Sherman's march through Georgia.
B. 11-05-1834, Anna Harriette Leonowens, British writer best known as the governess employed by King Mongkut (Rama IV) of Siam for the instruction of his children. She was the inspiration for Anna and the King of Siam and The King and I.
B. 11-05-1850, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, highly sucessful writer of popular novels and poetry who became the center of literary life in New York in the pre-World War I years. Her reputation was made by her Poems of Passion (1883) (which weren't).
B. 11-05-1857, Ida Minerva Tarbell, recognized as one of the major journalists of her day, exposed the Standard Oil trust in History of Standard Oil Company, renowned biographer, especially of Lincoln.
B. 11-05-1867, Marie Bregendahl, Danish writer of regional literature, who described accurately and with understanding the life of rural inhabitants of her country.
B. 11-05-1913, Vivien Leigh, Anglo-American actor who won the Academy Awards for her portrayal of Scarlet in Gone With the Wind (1939) and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Tragically suffered from manic depression.
B. 11-05-1917, Jacqueline Auriol, French pilot who often vied with Jacqueline Cochran as the most accomplished and fastest woman pilot in the world. JA was one of the first women to break the sound barrier. Flew the Concorde. Working with the Ministere de la Cooperation helped develop aerial methods to find water for irrigation as well as mapping of plant species, disease, and other agriculture aids that resulted in her being awarded the United Nations Ceres medal for her work in "a vision of a world free from hunger and want."
Event 11-05-1957, Mary V. Beck is elected the first woman city council president of the City of Detroit.
Event Nov. 5, 1974, Elaine Noble (D-Mass) becomes the first openly lesbian person to be elected to the state legislature.
Event 11-05-1987, Rev. Patricia Ann McClurg, a Presbyterian becomes the first woman to head the National Council of Churches .
QUOTES DU JOUR
WILCOX, ELLA WHEELER:
"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Tell me, argue with me, debate it. Rather than disapprove, I will respect all the more the person that stands up to me in prepared and reasoned disagreement."
-- Janet Reno
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