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Dates in History

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

July is the month of Ishtar, Babylonian goddess of resurrection.
  • July 2, 1937: Amelia Earhart's plane disappeared over the South Pacific on what was supposed to be her around-the-world flight.
  • July 3, 1860: Birth of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of Women and Economics and the dramatic chronicle of her own depression, The Yellow Wallpaper.
  • July 4, 1776: Signing of the Declaration of Independence. Mary Katherine Goddard, Baltimore [Maryland] newspaper woman and the first American woman postmaster, printed the first official copies of the radical document in 1776.
  • July 5, 1884: Congress awarded Sarah Emma Edmonds a pension for her service as a soldier in the Civil War, in which she fought dressed as a man.
  • July 6, 1957: Althea Gibson became the first black person to win the British tennis championship at Wimbledon.
  • July 8: Feast of Sunna, Norse solar Goddess.
  • July 10: Lady Godiva rode naked on her horse leading a procession through Coventry [England]. Legend says that she was protesting high taxes. But the event probably derived from ancient harvest rituals to the Great Mother.
  • July 10, 1865: Birth of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women.
  • July 11 Birth of Dawn Nocera, Founder of EducatingJane.com
  • July 13: Celebration of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal.
  • July 13: O-bon Festival in Japan honors departed ancestors, believed to mingle with the living on this day.
  • July 19, 1848: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott launched the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • July 20, 1889: Lynching of Wyoming rancher Ella "Cattle Kate" Watson on false charges of cattle rustling.
  • July 20, 1939: Birth of feminist artist Judy Chicago, creator of The Dinner Party and other groundbreaking works.
  • July 22, 1849: Birth of Emma Lazarus, author of the verse on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
  • July 24, 1897: Birth of Amelia Earhart, First Lady of the Air.
  • July 26: Feast of the Virgin Mary's mother, St. Anne.
  • July 30, 1818: Birth of Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights.
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