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December 5

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A Death from AIDS and Childbearing


QUOTE by Zora Neale Hurston.

Elizabeth Glaser

      On Saturday, December 3, 1994 Elizabeth Glaser died from AIDS contracted when she was transfused with contaminated blood after complications in giving birth "and had unknowingly passed (AIDS) to my daughter Ariel through my breast milk, and my son, Jake, in utero."
      In her address to the 1992 Democratic Convention she said:

"When you cry for help and no one listens, you start to lose your hope. I began to lose faith in America. I felt my country was letting me down, and it was. This is not the America I was raised to be proud of. I was raised to believe that others' problems were my problems as well. But when I tell most people about HIV in hopes that they will help and care, I see the look in their eyes. It's not my problem, they're thinking. Well, it's everyone's problem."
            In 1988, Elizabeth Glaser co-founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and helped raise millions for care and treatment of young AIDS victims. In eight months she raised $2.2 million to finance 40 research grants. Her husband shows no signs of HIV/AIDS although he obviously had unprotected sex with his wife after she contracted HIV... again pointing out (something that the male-controlled media seldom does) that women are THREE TIMES as likely to contract AIDS than a man in vaginal intercourse - and AIDS is fast becoming the largest killer of women. In EVERY state of the union - in EVERY country in this world - women are becoming the primary victims of HIV/AIDS.
      Please, please - use a condom. Although a condom wouldn't have saved Elizabeth Glaser, it would have saved the lives of thousands of women in the United States. And maybe yours: yesterday, today, or tomorrow. Say "NO" if he refuses to use a condom... unless you're willing to die for HIS MACHO image... and his so-called sensitivity.

[You can read the complete 1992 Democratic Convention speech by Elizabeth Glaser in the WiiN Library.]

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B. 12-05-1822, Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, educator instrumental in founding the Harvard University Annex for women students, renamed in 1894 as Radcliffe College in honor of Ann Radcliffe, founder of the first Harvard Scholarship (1643). She served as its president until 1899.
      ECCA had received no formal schooling in the tradition of the times, WAS only educated in a "light" manner at home. She married Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz, recorded his notes and lectures, and organized his expeditions to Brazil and South America. She wrote several natural history books and began to teach in her home to supplement the family income.

B. 12-05-1830, Christina Rossetti, one of the most important of English women poets both in range and quality. A great deal of her poetry appears trite today simply because her words have become so much a part of our language. For example, in the much suppressed Goblin Market she wrote: "One may lead a horse to water, / Twenty cannot make him drink."

B. 12-05-1867, Amina Beatrice Goodwin, English pianist and composer studied under Clara Schumann and founded the Pianoforte College for Women in London, considered the leading pianist of her day.

B. 12-05(15)-1898, Grace Moore, American-born international operatic singer and Broadway and film actor. Continued to study in spite of an injured voice, finally won a Metropolitan Opera contract. Singing on Broadway to finance additional studies to repair her voice, she introduced such songs as "All Alone" and "What'll I Do," and finally won her Metropolitan Opera contract in 1927. She also appeared in a number of movies.

Event 12-05-1906, The Woman's Hospital in New York City opens.

Event 12-05-1922, Lucile Atcherson Curtis is named to the Latin Affairs Department in the U.S. Foreign Service, the first woman to be employed by the service.

B. 12-05-1922, Ann Shaw Carter, first woman to hold a helicopter rating. ASC had served with the Women's Army Service Pilots (WASPS), which ferried fighters and bombers during World War II.

B. 12-05-1934, Joan Didion, novelist and journalist.

Event 12-05-1972, the Mormon Church officially excommunicates Sonia Johnson, founder of "Mormons for the ERA," for her efforts on behalf of the Equality Rights Amendment. She was fifth generation Mormon.

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      "Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
            -- Zora Neale Hurston: Dust Tracks On A Road.

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