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Important Dates in Women's History

January 1, 1992

The death of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper credited with creating and developing the computer language COBOL.

January 4, 1821

The first Catholic saint born in the United States, Mother Elizabteh Seton died.

January 5, 1925

The first woman governor in the United States, Nellie Taylor Ross was inaugurated as Governor of Wyoming. Her husband had held the position before her, and upon his death she was nominated by the Democratic Party to be his successor.

January 7, 1896

The first Fannie Farmer Cookbook was published. During her high school years in Massachusetts, Fannie Farmer (who never married) suffered a stroke and was paralyzed which forced her to discontinue her education. After recovering, she worked as a mother's helper, where she learned her interest in and aptitude for cooking.

January 8, 1868

The first edition of The Revolution was published by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Parker Pillsbury. This radical periodical was only in circulation for three years, but still made a major impact. It's motto was "Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less!"

January 11, 1871

Victoria Woodhull addressed the House Judiciary Committee claiming women's right to vote under the 14th amendment (Equal protection under the law)

January 11, 1885

Birthday of suffragette Alice Paul. Ms. Paul was instrumental in the passage of the 19th amendment.

January 12, 1932

The first woman was elected to the U.S. Senate. She was Hattie Caray a Democrat from Arkansas.

January 20, 1920

Jeanette Rankin, a Congresswoman from Montana co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

January 25, 1887

For the first time the U.S. Senate voted on women's suffrage. The vote failed 34-16. 25 Senators were absent.

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