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Women's History

Susan Butruille

Celebrating the Father



A Time of Fools' Wars, Flowers and Peace

 Anna Perenna & Grace Hopper

 Lifting the Veil and Living the Legacy:
of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

An Ancient Truth: Women's Rights Are Human Rights


We are grateful to have Susan Butruille supply us with dates in Women's History.  Susan is the award-winning author of Tamarack Books' Women's Voices series: Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail (1993), Women's Voices from the Western Frontier (1995), and Women's Voices from the Mother Lode: Tales from the California Gold Rush (1998). 

Every month we will list new dates in Women's History


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January Dates in
Women's History Herstory
brought to you by Susan Butruille

  • January 1 New Year's Day. "New Year" is celebrated at different times throughout the world. Before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, beginning in 1582, the Julian calendar declared the New Year to be March 1st. Whenever it is celebrated, the festival of the New Year greets a new beginning and re-enacts the creation of the earth. Ancients believed that making noise would help to expel harmful spirits of the "Old Year," and they greeted the "New Year" with singing, dancing, feasting and merrymaking.
  • January 1, 1992 Death of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper: Computer Whiz (Famous Inventors), credited with development of the COBOL system of computer language.
  • January 3, 1793 Birth of Lucretia Mott, Quaker minister who, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women's Rights Pioneer, organized the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
  • January 6 Birth of Jesus celebrated on the Julian Calendar, and still observed in some parts of the world.
  • January 6 Greek Feast of Persephone/Kore, the Divine Maiden.
  • January 6 Feast of Epiphany, Twelfth Night, ending the Twelve Days of Christmas. The Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus and the visit of the Three Wise Men. In Spain and Italy, gifts are exchanged on this day instead of December 25 to honor the coming of the Magi. In France, England and Mexico, women bake special cakes to celebrate the day. Often, a bean, pea or tiny doll is hidden in the twelfth piece of cake to designate the king or queen of the celebration.
  • January 6, 1412 Birth of Joan of Arc, heroine of the siege of Orleans who saved the French crown of Charles VII. Later convicted in an English court for challenging male authority and wearing men's clothes, she was burned as a heretic in 1431.
  • January 7 Christmas (Eastern Russian Orthodox).
  • January 7, 1901 (?) Birth of Zora Neale Hurston's, African-American novelist, folklorist, who was exonerated for running a red light after she explained, "I had seen white folks pass on green so I assumed the red light was for me."
  • January 8 Midwives Day, ancient Greek celebration of Saint Domenika, when midwives are honored with gifts of food and wine, and bawdy jokes exchanged.
  • January 8, 1859 Birth of world traveler and adventurer Fannie Bullock Workman, who carried a "Votes for Women" banner into the Himalayas on one of her many climbing expeditions. At age 53, she was still clambering around the Himalayas at 20,000 feet with her husband.
  • January 11, 1885 Birth of Alice Paul, shy young radical leader of the revitalized campaign for woman suffrage in 1913, and author of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923.
  • January 12, 1932   Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) became the first woman elected to the US Senate.
  • January 14, 1893 Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, nullified the US-authorized legislature and proclaimed a pro-Hawaiian constitution, leading to her house arrest and dethronement.
  • January 15, 1929 Birth of Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights activist.
  • January 17, 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts Women Textile Workers Strike
    "Better to starve fighting than to starve working" is what they said after having their pay cut by 30 cents.
  • January 18, 1777 Baltimore newspaper publisher and postmaster Mary Katherine Goddard produced the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence.
  • January 20, 1920 Montana Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • January 22, 1973 The US Supreme Court legalized abortion in the Roe vs. Wade decision.
  • January 25, 1851 Abolitionist and reformer Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
  • January 26, 1872 Birth of Julia Morgan, first female member of the American Institute of Architects, and architect of more than 800 structures including the famous Hearst Castle.
  • January 27 Birth day of Ruth Hendricks Greffenius, educator, poet, and mother of Susan G. Butruille.
  • January 30 Roman Festival of Peace, honoring the Roman Goddess Pax.

Anna Perenna & Grace Hopper
Linking Past & Future
by Susan G. Butruille


Susan Butruille
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