Important August Dates
August 1, 1911
in Women's History
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
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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