She was quoted in a nice ladies magazine of her
day as saying the way for women to succeed is to "Take
one generous dose of persistency, add one large measure of industry, the
kind that takes no thought of dances, evening parties, or prolonged vacations.
Mix thoroughly and season with a good portion of humor and several ounces
of tact - and don't get emotional. It's what the men expect us to be."
She was Florence Allen, the first women to
sit as a judge of a U.S. Court of Appeals (see below).
What she also said (that was not quoted in the ladies
magazines of the day that were all edited and run by men):
"The other judges are not
expected to be responsible for selecting the dining room draperies or entertaining
at a luncheon. Why, just because I am a woman, should I? I don't cook or
sew or shop for the simple reason that I haven't the time or energy for
these things, any more than the men judges have."
(As a certain radio personality wouldn't say
- because he wouldn't be caught dead saying good things about women whom
he considers his personal punching bag: "And that's the rest of the
03-23 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and
B. 03-23-1857, Fannie Farmer, cookbook author. "Unmarriageable"
by community standards of the day because of the paralysis of a leg, she
became a "mother's helper" and devised the scientific method
of cooking recipes. Instead of a "pinch" or a "handful,"
it became "1 teaspoon" or "one cup, shifted." She attempted
to have her recipes published in 1886, but the men in charge of publishing
didn't think the idea had an merit (nor was there any need) and insisted
she finance the publication herself. It sold more than 4 million copies.
B. 03-23-1884, Florence Ellinwood Allen, musician and lawyer who
after an injury became a music critic, then studied political science,
took her masters degree at 24 and was admitted to the Ohio bar at 29. She
was an avid feminist and worked for suffrage. After working as assistant
prosecutor in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) she was elected judge of common
pleas, and in 1922 was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. She was the first
woman to hold any of these posts and in 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt
appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She retained
that seat for 25 years, the last year as chief judge. Her mother was a
member of Smith College's first year class.
B. 03-23-1908, Joan Crawford, strong-willed and talented U.S. film
actress about whom much bad and very little good has been written in
the usual fashion of scandal mongers. She was the victim of a terrible
childhood. Won Academy Award for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce
(1945). She made more than 80 films, starring in most. Outstanding business
B. 03-23-1926, Martha Wright, singer who sang one part 1,080
times for the longest run ever recorded on the Broadway stage, but few
remember her name because she succeeded Mary Martin as Nellie Forbisch
in South Pacific.
QUOTES DU JOUR
BRADLEY, MARION ZIMMER:
" 'Why does it matter
to you, Piedro? It is my problem, and I must deal with it in my own way.
If you wish, I will explain that it had nothing to do with you - that you
asked me to, and I refused.'
" 'You can't do that,' he said harried.
" '...I'm in enough trouble with him without
having him think...' He stopped but to Jaelle, surprisingly, it was as
if he had spoken aloud what was in his mind: THINK I CAN'T MANAGE MY OWN
That did make her angry. She said, between clenched
teeth, 'Why should you think that it reflects on you?'
" 'Damn it, woman,' he burst out. 'You're wearing
my name! Everything you do reflects on me, whether you mean it to, or not...'
p 36, Thendara House by Marion Zimmer Bradley.