"WOMEN MAKE NEWS & HISTORY EVERY DAY DATABASE": OCTOBER
Beverly's unique Database is the first-of-its-kind to honor women in history up to making history today. She presents little-known facts about popular personalities, as well as the many unsung heroines not found in traditional histories or reported in the media today.
Who was the first African-American astronaut in space? See October 17.
Who was the first U.S. female physician? See October 20.
THIS WEEK IN WOMEN'S HISTORY: OCTOBER 16-22 *
1925 Dame Angela Lansbury born. Actress, writer, producer received Honorary Oscar
for 70-year film career, at 88, in 2013.
1993 Julia Child, 81, was the first female inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame.
1956 Mae C. Jemison born. U.S. astronaut, physician, chemical engineer. First African-American
female in space (1992).
1979 Mother Teresa, 69, awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
1989 Pediatrician Antonia Novello became the first female and first Hispanic, appointed
U.S. Surgeon General.
1836 Ellen B. Scripps born. Journalist and philanthropist endowed Scrpps College for Women. (1926).
In 1960, there were 230 women's colleges. By 2014, there were 47 women's colleges in U.S. and Canada.
1913 English suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst arrived in New York but was deported on grounds of
1950 Playwright Wendy Wasserstein born. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for "The Heidi Chronicles" (1989).
1951 Author Terry McMillan born. "Waiting to Exhale" (1992).
1956 Tennis champion Martina Navratilova born. Record nine Wimbledon singles championships.
1983 General Motors agreed to hire more women as part of EEOC settlement. GM paid $42.5 million, the largest out-of-court employment discrimination case at the time. Mary Barra became the first female CEO of major automakers in 2014.
1850 Annie Smith Peck born. She climbed the Matterhorn in 1895, wearing scandalous pants.
At the time, women were arrested for wearing pants in public.
1936 Johnetta Betsch Cole born. First African-American female president of Spelman College
for Women (1987), 196 years after its founding..
1943 Hattie Caraway became the first female to preside over U.S. Senate. She was the first female
elected to serve full term in Senate, from Arkansas (1931-1945).
1993 Benazir Bhutto began second term as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
2003 Mother Teresa beatified by Pope John Paul II
1847 Elizabeth Blackwell accepted to Medical Institute of Geneva, N.Y., as a joke, by unanimous vote of 150 male students. First female to earn medical degree in U.S. (1849).
1945 Women vote for first time in France parliamentary election.
1979 Greta Waitz won New York City Marathon. She won nine NYC Marathons, 1978-1988.
Women were barred from marathons by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) until1971, following protests.
Dr. Jane Henney, cancer specialist, became the first female FDA commissioner.
1919 Novelist Doris Lessing born. Nobel Prize in Literature (2007). She was the eleventh female and oldest person at 88.
* Credit Source: Beverly Wettenstein's "Women Make History Every Day Database"