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Important Dates in Women's History -
September

September 3, 1912

Men in Ohio voted in favor of women's suffrage

September 6, 1870

Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming, became the first woman in the U.S. to cast a vote legally.

September 11, 1954

The Miss America pageant was broadcast on television for the first time

September 12, 1993

Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space

September 16, 1776

Margaret Corbin (Molly) took her husbands place at a cannon when he was wounded in the battle of Harlem Heights. She was later awarded a military pension and half disability pay and therefore became the first woman in the US to be awarded a military pension.

September 20, 1884

The Equal Rights Party nominated women as President and Vice-President. Belva Ann Lockwood ran against Grover Cleveland. She received only 4, 149 votes versus Cleveland's 4,874,986.

September 20, 1973

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King played in a televised, well-publicized tennis match billed as "man versus woman". King defeated Riggs in straight sets.

September 21, 1981

Sandra Day O'Conner became the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court

September 24, 1988

Jackie Joyner-Kersee set a world heptathlon record, winning the gold medal at the Olympics in Korea.

September 30, 1918

President Wilson addressed the Senate, in favor of woman suffrage at the war's end.

September 30, 1983

Sally Ride rode into space -- the first US woman to do so.



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