The Liz Library presents Irene Stuber's Women of Achievement

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June 20

Compiled and Written by Irene Stuber.


B. 06-20-1903, Glenna Collett Vare, American amateur golfer who dominated the sport in the 1920s, winning 59 of 60 consecutive matches. She won her last championship in 1935 defeating such teenagers as the immortal Patty Berg, an estimated 15,000 coming to watch the Grande Dame of golf and those who competed for the fun of it since there were no money prizes for women in those days.

B. 06-20-1905, Lillian Hellman, American playwright and author. She defied the infamous Joseph McCarthy un- American hearings by defiantly stating in 1952: "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions."
      The year before her longtime lover Dashell Hammitt had been jailed as a left wing sympathizer. She did not go to jail but she was blacklisted.
      Hellman never won the Pulitzer although she is one of the greatest playwrights of this century. Her plays Toys in the Attic (1960) and Watch on the Rhine (1941) won the New York Drama Critics awards.
      Her Children's Hour played 691 performances and The Little Foxes which like so many of her plays became a successful movies ran 410 performances on Broadway. Her plays and books exposed injustices, exploitations and mean spiritedness. She scripted many of her plays for the screen.

B. 06-20-1931, Olympia Dukakis, stage and screen actor, won Academy Award for best supporting actress for her work in Moonstruck (1987).

B. 06-20-1952, Zoë Baird, American insurance company executive who almost became the first woman Attorney General of the United States. Baird withdrew her name after it was disclosed she failed to pay Social Security and unemployment taxes for her nanny. Kimba Wood later became the second nominee, but she, too, withdrew when it was revealed HER HUSBAND had failed to pay taxes for their domestic help but in spite of it being her husband's fault, she withdrew in the face of stiff Republican opposition. The third nominee by President Clinton was Janet Reno who did win confirmation.

To this day, no man has been questioned in Congress (or by newsmen) about the social security payments of their domestic workers.

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