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March 10

This Day in Women's History


Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

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1845? 1850? 1855?: Hallie Quinn Brown born: educator, lecturer, civil rights activist

1841: Ina Coolbirth born: librarian and poet, first poet laureate named by a state in the US

1850: Mary Mills Patrick born: college president (American College for Girls in Istanbul) and writer (among her works: Sappho and the Island of Lesbos, 1912, and a textbook in physiology)

1851: Ellen Battell Stoeckel born: music patron

1867: Lillian D. Wald born: nurse, social worker, founder of Henry Street Settlement in New York

1876: Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington born: sculptor

1903: Clare Booth Luce born: author, playwright; first woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post representing the United States

1913: Harriet Tubman died: escaped slave who helped other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad; spy and soldier; abolitionist and women's rights advocate

1947: Kim Campbell born: first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Canada

Quotes for Today

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes.

Clare Booth Luce

So I offer you today a new legend: the winner of the hoop race will be the first to realize her dream, not society's dream, her own personal dream. And who knows? Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!

Barbara Bush

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.

Harriet Tubman

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