The Liz Library presents Irene Stuber's Women of Achievement

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November 1 -- A SPECIAL DATE
Irene Stuber


Hard to believe it's been more than ten years now since Women of Achievement started coming off local bulletin boards and services such as Prodigy and Delphi. So to start, a birthday message from Jennifer Gagliardi, the first listserve administrator of abigails-l, in ascii art for old times' sake... and from the rest of us:

      Dear Irene,

You are appreciated more than simple words could ever convey. Thank you for your loving care to preserve the HERstory of beautiful women throughout space and time.

            Lovingly yours,
            M'Lynn Hartwell
            Utopian Empire Creativeworks

Happy Birthday from Seattle!

Will Affleck-Asch

Happy Birthday, Irene!
And thank you for helping me sharpen my own claws!


from your neighboring birthday child (Nov. 2) and

Laura X
National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape
Women's History Library
Berkeley, CA

A very happy birthday Irene, and thanks for your wonderful service to all of us. I hope to meet you in person someday.

        Sandy Polishuk, author of Sticking to the Union: an Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila

Many thanks to you for founding
abigails-l, WOAH, Catt's Claws, and

Nancy Phillips np453


You are making the world a better place
by bringing together women from around the world to share ideas, learn and take action. We can agree or disagree with you and the other fabulous women who post to the list and you provide us with a safe, respectful and vibrant space in which we can do that. You make a difference to the world, a difference that matters.

        Happy Birthday,
        Helen McDermott
        Vice President
        Australasian Council of Women and Policing
        ph 0417231838

A special
Happy Birthday Wish
for a
Special Woman
Whose endless efforts have provided motivation and information to so many of us.


Irene, you have inspired me. Happy birthday and best wishes to my friend, mentor, and the wisest woman I know.

            love and hugs,

Best wishes on your birthday

From AO Black
A long time subscriber

Happy 75th, Irene, and thanks for helping us 'know' this quote!

Gro Harlem Brundtland:
Women power is a formidable force.
Authors & Artists

Happy, Happy 75th Birthday, Irene!!

What an incredible journey it must have been so far -- and who knows where your journey will take you next! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your amazing insights, outrage, suggestions, perspective and wisdom you have gained along the way. I so admire you, and hope I can be even half the woman you are! I just turned 35 and sometimes feel as if I'm wasting my life and running out of time to make a difference; I only need to look to you to see that all I need to do is get started -- it's never too late! Thank you for all you do!

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday -- and that you can feel the affection from the many thousands of us all over the place who look up to you!

              Jill Fekete
              Somerville, MA

Thank you, thank you, thank you -- ever so kindly, Ms. Stuber, for every single one of your efforts. I so appreciate all of them and want for your 75th birthday and many, many future ones only [harmless... if there is such a (material) thing] diamonds -- at least diamond-like wishes and hugs and smiles. An Alsatian verse for you found in a Quaker songbook:

My thoughts are as free
As wind o'er the ocean.

No one can see
Their form or their motion.

No hunter can find them;
No trap ever bind them.

My lips may be still.
But -- I think what I will!

Blue Maas of central Iowa

    Dear Irene,

Happy Birthday from Osnabrueck, Germany. It has been a pleasure to read your work, and to correspond with you. Best wishes.

            Iris Kriege

Happy Birthday,
Mike & Makala Scheel


    We wish you Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday.... and many more.

    Thanks for sharing with us, keeping us better informed, and our world better for knowing you.

            Rosalie and George Leposky


Thank you for making me care again and for setting a great example on how one woman can affect great change.
You are my heroine.

Debbie Near
in Columbus, Ohio

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Many happy returns, Irene. You have given so much to so many, what could I do beyond saying a mere seventy-five thank yous? The Hell-raiser I was privileged to meet ago on is the wise-witty woman whose common sense I admire each day. I see you on the corner with your machine, taking a stand I had to copy. I hear your counsel affirming my views relative to the divisiveness of religion which my atheist-humanist-feminist self knows to be correct and kind and so you! to the nth degree. May you be healthy and feel how loved you are by this reader. My hand to your shoulder, dear friend. I send hooray for us that you live and my

thank you for your work on behalf of all of us.

            Jeanne Khan

Happy Birthday Irene!
From Michelle B. in CA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRENE! 75 down and another 75 to go!

 \ \ \(*)/ / /   -Karen-
 -----/_\----- or
      O O

    Dear Irene,
    Happy 75th.

    I, for one, enjoy your wit and wisdom on Abigails, Cat's Claws, and WOAH. Thank you for all of your hard work to keep us informed about our heritage as proud women and the events that affect us in our crazy world.

    I feel very lucky to know you and be part of this group.

            Ellen Zucker

I don't know how many years we have been talking through email and on lists, Irene, but I do know that my life has been richer for knowing you all these years. We met on Prodigy, lost track of each other for a while and then got back in touch when Varda needed help with a sexist fight we (she and I) were in on the Classical Music list, and called you in. I think it must be close to two decades ago that we first allied ourselves with each other to fight these fights. I wish you decades more of everything good that you could want. You give so much to so many; the world is a better place because of you.

            I love you, Irene.
            Selma Singer

Dear Irene,

You bless the Earth with your presence. My life and awareness have expanded because of your Internet work. Thank you.

            Happy birthday,

Admiration and wishes
for good health and strength to you on your 75th.

Anne Marie Staas

Happy birthday Irene
keep those comments coming.
Hugs from Canada
Ontario, Canada

Happy Birthday to Irene.

You continue to inspire and educate us to go forth and 'enlighten the world'. Keep up the work, there are still many young (and old) out there that need to be reminded of their greatness.

            CJ Brown

Happy Birthday to Irene from Sulamita and Ilene!
"...the world is moving." -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Happy Birthday, Great Grandma!!!
Love and Kisses, Great Grandma,
Your Great Granddaughter,
Makala Jayne

Thank you so much, Irene. You are part of every day, a good part; when I find another angry old woman having at the forces of stupidity and evil with sharp tongue and mind, I feel pleased as punch, I feel not alone. Thanks.

            Linda Purrington

    hi irene,
    thinking about u on yr 75th as u think about so many others all year.
    glad we are on the planet at the same time.

            susanne (webweave)
            annandale eora country australia.

Dear Irene,

Thank you for your wit, your wisdom,
what you have taught me,
and the thinking you provoked.


Surprise, surprise! Happy birthday, Irene!

I want to wish you an obscenely wonderful day that will extend throughout the year until I get to embarrass you again with another note like this on your next birthday.

Thanks for all the feminist work you do. Most of all, thank you for being a good friend. I appreciate all the help you've given me throughout the years. I hope I've been able to return the favor.

            Best wishes to you,
            Trish Wilson

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Irene!
Happy Birthday tooooo Yoooouuuuu!

Thank you for spending so much time
finding information and spreading it to the masses.
We appreciate it!


Dear Mrs. Stuber,

I wish you a very Happy Birthday on November I, 2003. You are a role model for me.

        With sincere wishes,
        Margaret Moody

Happy Birthday to a wonderful woman warrior! Thanks for all you do to inform, inspire, agitate, and organize.

      Betsy Forkas
      Schenectady, NY
      Public Policy Director, AAUW-NYS

Happy 75th, Irene! You are an amazing woman, and I can't imagine the internet w/out you because w/out you there would be no fire, no passion, no belief, no hope. Thank you for everything you do!

M. Catherine Jonet

Happy Birthday, Irene.
Regards and respects!

State Representative
Maralyn Chase

Happy birthday, Irene,
keep fighting the good fight,
don't hide your light under a Bush

Best wishes,
Bill Egan
(in Australia)

Happy Birthday, dearest Irene -- with respect, admiration and heartfelt thanks for all you have done for all of us!

Much love,

Happy 75th birthday, Irene!

I appreciate so much all you do to keep us informed of both our past and present herstory.

            Linda Hiltabrand

Many, many continued blessings, Irene...
so many love you.

Happy Birthday,
Jacqueline Janssen

    Dear Irene,

    Thanks for seven years of your listservs. Whenever I read them, I get that I WILL survive feeling. All the best on your 75th.

            In sisterhood,


Happy 75th birthday.
This is a milestone!

Glad to see you are still very much involved, informed, and making sure that the rest of us are too.

Ruth Fink-Winter
Kingsport, TN

Dear Irene,
keep up the very good work.
Martina Langley

Happy Birthday and
thank you for the great articles on your website.
Aron and Rory

Dear Irene,

Best wishes on the occasion of your 75th birthday! And thanks for being a lifeline for us in these very trying times.

Patty Laswick

Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt-

Thanks for reminding us
of all those women who refused to give permission!

Tina Eager

    Whether living in Washington, D.C.; Lander,Wyoming; or New Orleans I look forward to your continued information flow on those women who paved the way for the rest of us. Thank You.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thinking of you on this day.

            Jude Wier

Dear Irene,

I believe it was in 1996, that my computer savvy son introduced me to Catt's Claws. He knew that your wit and charm would override my fear of a machine with more than an on/off switch. I was preparing to attend my first National Convention of the League of Women Voters and there you were! Saying the words that made sense. Helping me to articulate so many hopes and dreams. I began thinking that maybe we could "Finish the Fight' of our foremothers and leave a world worthy of it's children.

Opening the door of your "Cyber-salon" to all, has been a true gift. Almost everyday you have given us your TIME!

            Thank YOU and Happy Birthday,

            Elizabeth McKercher
            It's a man's world, unless women vote!

Happy Birthday, Irene. Thanks for educating me in regard to all the women of achievement over the centuries. Somehow I never realized that there were so many until you began disseminating all the facts of their accomplishments. Your unique contribution makes you a true Woman of Achievement!

            Irene Meyer in Columbus, Ohio.

Happy Birthday Irene.
Don't count the candles, just enjoy the warmth.

Sara Kruse

"A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience."
-- Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

                Here's hoping for many more emotional roller coaster rides. Happy Birthday!

                      Tamara Natoli

Happy 75th Birthday, Mom!!!

We hope your day is full of wonderful surprises,
bouquets of greetings, and volumes of joy.

We love you!!!

Cathy Dean Tracy Mike and Makala Jayne

© 1990-2006 Irene Stuber, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71902. Originally web-published at We are indebted to Irene Stuber for compiling this collection and for granting us permission to make it available again. The text of the documents may be freely copied for nonprofit educational use. Except as otherwise noted, all contents in this collection are © 1998-2009 the liz library.  All rights reserved. This site is hosted and maintained by the liz library.