Important Dates in Women's History For January

January Highlights in US Women's HistoryJan 3, 1949 - Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) starts her tenure in the Senate, where she stays in office until 1973; the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate as she previously served in the House (R-Maine, 1940-1949) 
Jan 5, 1925 - Nellie Tayloe Ross is inaugurated as the first woman governor in U.S. history (governor of Wyoming)
Jan 7, 1896 - Fanny Farmer's first cookbook is published in which she standardized cooking measurements 
Jan 7, 1955 - Marian Anderson is the first African American woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera 
Jan 8, 1977 - Pauli Murray, the first female African American Episcopal priest, is ordained
Jan 11, 1935 - Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America 
Jan 12, 1932 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She was the first woman to chair a Senate Committee and the first to serve as the Senate's p residing officer as well
Jan 25, 1980 - Runner Mary Decker became the first woman to run a mile under 4 1/2 minutes, running it at 4:17.55
Jan 29, 1926 - Violette Neatly Anderson is the first black woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court 
January Birthdays Jan 3, 1793 (1880 ) - Lucretia Mott, women's rights pioneer, Quaker minister, pacifist; 
Jan 7, 1891 (1960) - Zora Neale Hurston, pioneering scholar of African American folklore
Jan 8, 1867 (1961) - Emily Greene Balch, economist and sociologist; co-founder of the Women's International League for Peace with Jane Addams (1919); won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946, shared with John Mott
Jan. 9, 1859   Carrie Chapman Catt, woman's suffrage leader and president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
Jan. 9, 1941 - Joan Baez, award winning singer and songwriter; human, civil, and peace activist; founder of Humanitas International Human Rights Committee (1979) 
Jan 11, 1885 (1977) - Alice Paul, suffragist leader, founder of National Women's Party (1916); her strategies helped pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote (1920); initiated the Equal Rights Amendment (1923)  
Jan 12, 1820 (1914) - Caroline Severance, early suffragist, social reformer; co-founded the American Woman Suffrage Association (1869); first woman to register to vote in California (1911) 
Jan 13, 1850 (1911) - Charlotte Ray, first African-American woman lawyer and first woman admitted to the bar in D.C.
Jan. 13, 1917 Edna Hibel  the first woman to win the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts.
Jan 19, 1905 (1995) - Oveta Culp Hobby, second women in the U.S. Cabinet (20 years after Frances Perkins), first Secretary of the Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare (1953); awarded the Distinguished Medal of Service for her work as Director of the Women's Army Corps (1945) 
Jan 23, 1918 (1999) - Gertrude Elion, biochemist, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in  1988 
Jan 24, 1968 - Mary Lou Retton, first and only Amer ican woman to win a gold medal in the All-Around in gymnastics at the Olympics (1984) and first American woman to win a gold in gymnastics, first woman featured on a Wheaties cereal box 
Jan 26, 1872 (1957)  - Julia Morgan, first woman licensed architect in CA, innovative architect of Hearst Castle and over 700 extraordinary buildings 
Jan 26, 1892 (1926) - Bessie Coleman, first African American woman in the world to fly a plane and earn an international pilot's license

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