American Culture

For Women’s History Month – women heads of state in the 20th century

Today for Women’s History Month, I offer a list of women heads of state in the 20th century. The link I’ve provided has further links to biographical sketches of each head of state. I hope you will dig in and check at least some of them out. Notice what powerful country has no entry (sigh…).

I also offer today in women’s history.

March 10

  • 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

And finally I offer 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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