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Important August Dates
in Women's History

August 1, 1911

Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the United States (and second woman in the world) to obtain a pilot's license

August 4, 1944

Anne Frank was arrested by Nazis

August 6, 1926

Gertrude Ederly became the first woman to swim the English Channel, breaking the previous record by two hours. She was not yet 20 years old.

August 10, 1993

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court was sworn in.

August 12, 1953

Ann Davidson became the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic

August 18, 1920

Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. It is rumored that a young state legislator cast the deciding vote after being admonished to do so by his mother.

August 26, 1920

The 19th Amendment is signed into law by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, granting women the right to vote

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August 26, 1971

Congress recognized August 26 as Women's Equality Day

August 26, 1996

The first four women admitted to The Citadel

August 31, 1920

At 7 a.m. in Hannibal, Missouri, Mrs. Marie Ruoff Byrum became the first woman to vote under the 19th Amendment.

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