The Liz Library presents Irene Stuber's Women of Achievement - Women's History Month

Episode #WHM-27 for Day 27
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Compiled and Written by Irene Stuber

B. 03-27-1868, Patty Smith Hill, kindergarten pioneer, first woman named professor emeritus at Columbia University. Inventor of the Patty Hill construction blocks with which children can build structures large enough to play in. Introduced flexible, natural methods and by teaching teachers caused extensive permanent change in our educational system.

B. 03-27-1880, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, a remarkable political organizer, was U.S. Representative, IL 1929-31. As a Republican she lost as a result of the depression. She was a newspaper publisher in her own right. Her father was the Republican mover and shaker, Mark Hanna.

B. 03-27-1899, Gloria Swanson, actress, businesswoman.

B. 03-27-1953, Annemarie Proell, Austrian ski racer, winner of women's World Cup ski champion five times, a record for men or women.

Event: 03-27-1964: Thirty-seven good citizens of a middle class neighborhood in Queens, NY, watched the brutal murder of Kitty Genovese from the windows of their homes and apartments and did nothing about it as she screamed for help.

Visit: A Timeline of Women's Legal History in the United States

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