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May 16

This Day in Women's History


    1718: Maria Agnesi born (mathematician)

    1770: Marie Antoinette, 14, married France's 15-year-old future King Louis XVI

    1804: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody born (educator, publisher, writer, kindergarten reformer, Transcendentalist)

    1836: Catherine Mary (Kate) Reignolds born

    1842: Mary Nimmo Moran born (artist)

    1875: Matilda Smyrell Calder Thurston born (missionary)

    1881: Amy Loveman born (editor)

    1882: Anne O'Hare McCormick born (journalist)

    1919: U.S. Congress sent the 19th Amendment to the states for approval ( related article)

    1920: Joan of Arc canonized

    1929: Adrienne Rich born (poet, activist)

    1955: Olga Korbut born (athlete, gymnast)

Quote for Today

    I am a feminist because I feel endangered, psychically and physically, by this society and because I believe that the women's movement is saying that we have come to an edge of history when men -- insofar as they are embodiments of the patriarchal idea -- have become dangerous to children and other living things, themselves included.

    -- Adrienne Rich

    Today's women
    Born yesterday
    Dealing with tomorrow
    Not yet where we're going
    But not still where we were.

-- Adrienne Rich

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