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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


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

    June takes its name from the Roman goddess Juno, known to the Greeks as Hera, protector of women and their sexuality and marriage--hence, June is the month of weddings. A competitive festival to Hera, held every four years, was the forerunner of the Olympics.
  • June 4, 1920: The Woman Suffrage Amendment passed Congress to go to the states for ratification, which barely passed on August 26, 1920.
  • June 9: Vestalia, celebration of purification and preparation of first fruits, honoring Vesta, Roman goddess of fire. In their homes, barefoot Roman matrons made offerings of food baked on their own hearths. Vestal virgins, who tended the sacred fires of Vesta in her temple, made offerings of sacred cakes called mola salsa, made from first crops, then cleaned the temple. First fruits festivals are universal and still celebrated particularly within indigenous communities.
  • June 9: Rice transplanting festivals in Japan. Women honor the Shinto rice deity with special songs and prayers as they plant.
  • June 10, 1833: Birth of Pauline Cushing, actor and Union spy during the Civil War.
  • June 11, 1880: Birth of Jeannette Rankin of Montana, first woman elected to Congress, and the only legislator to vote against US entry in both World War and World War II.
  • June 14, 1811: Birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which caused an uproar over slavery.
  • June 16, 1976: Seven hundred children were murdered in the Soweto Massacre in South Africa for refusing to learn the language of Afrikaans.
  • June 16: Birth of geneticist Barbara McClintock, whose research in genetic transformation was dismissed for decades by other, mostly male, geneticists, who called her work "crazy." At the age of 81, McClintock won the Nobel Peace Prize for her groundbreaking work.
  • June 17, 1873: Susan B. Anthony was brought to trial for voting "as a citizen."
  • June 17, 1865: Birth of Susan La Flesche Picotte, first American Indian woman to receive a medical degree, known for her medical work and leadership among her Omaha people.]
  • June 18, 1983 Sally Ride becomes America's first woman astronaut.
  • June 19, 1945: Birth of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader, human rights activist, and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • June 20 Father's Day Father's Day Article by Susan B.
  • June 23, 1940: Birth of Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio to win three gold medals in track in the 1960 Olympics.
  • June 25, 1881: Birth of suffragist and pacifist Crystal Eastman, cofounder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920.
  • June 26, 1914: Birth of Babe Didrickson Zaharias--one of the greatest athlete ever.
  • June 27, 1880: Birth of Helen Keller, who overcame blindness and deafness to graduate from Radcliffe College, speak three languages, and become a speaker, an author and advocate for people with disabilities.
  • June 28, 1969: Beginning of the gay rights movement when gays fought back against police harassment at the Stonewall Bar in Greenwich Village, New York.
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