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Important Dates in Women's History -
May

1869

The National Woman Suffrage Association is founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

May 1, 1864

Birthday of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day

May 1, 1830

Birthday of Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones) union activist

May 4, 1979

Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female prime minister

May 8, 1914

Woodrow Wilson Declares Mothers Day a National Holiday

May 9, 1872

Mother's Peace Day (which later became Mother's Day)

May 10, 1872

Vicotria Woodhull was nominated for the office of President of the United States

May 10, 1913

The largest suffrage parade in history marched down Fifth Avenue, New York City. There were over ten thousand marchers and about 250,000 onlookers.

May 13, 1995

Alsion Hargreaves became the first woman (and only the second person) to reach the peak of Mt. Everest without the aid of oxygen or sherpas.

May 14, 1995

Myrlie Evers-Williams was sworn in as first woman elected to Board of Directors (chairperson) of NAACP

May 16, 1920

Joan of Arc canonized

May 20, 1782

Deborah Sampson entered the Revolutionary Army dressed as a man

May 21, 1888

Clara Barton founded the Red Cross

May 21, 1932

Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean, alone. She was the first woman to do so.

May 21, 1919

Women's Suffrage amendment was passed 304-89 (42 more votes than required). Opponents block action in the Senate for another two weeks, delaying ratification as most legislatures have adjourned for the year

May 24, 1807

Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Order of Catholic Sisters was canonized.

May 28-29, 1851

Sojourner Truth's speech "Ain't I a Woman" was given at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio.



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