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Celebrating Misbehavin’

Posted by YWM on March 8, 2010

We are celebrating Women’s History Month, YWM style. All month-long, we will feature women of the past and present who misbehaved and changed the history of our country as well as paved the way for future women leaders.

March 8

1945: Phyllis Mae Daley, first of four African American Navy nurses to serve active duty in WW II receives her commission as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps.

1943: Lynn Redgrave is born. A member of the Redgrave family of actors, she trained in London, before making her theatrical debut in 1962. Redgrave won a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She has been vocal about her health problems associated with bulimia and breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy.

1923: Lydia Rapoport is born. Rapoport’s legacy is the refinement and update to the thinking and curriculum in social work. Rapoport was a leading educator in developing social worker curriculum for colleges, examining and defining the necessary skills for the social work practitioner and educator and examining the theoretical basis for social casework.

1886: Alice Throckmorton McLean is born. In 1940 McLean organized the American Women’s Voluntary Services (AWVS). McLean succeeded in building a sizable organization to prepare the home front for war.

1857: Women workers in New York City strike for higher wages, shorter hours, and better working conditions.

1856: Author and library scientist Mary Wright Plummer is born. Plummer graduated from the first class of the first library school, the Library School of Columbia College, in 1888. She created the second program in library studies. She is also credited with creating a separate room for the children’s collection and originating the idea of having special training for children’s librarians.

1824: Civil War nurse Emily Elizabeth Parsons is born. Parsons identified a need for caregivers to tend to wounded soldiers and, despite health challenges, stepped up to the task.

Celebrate women who made history and those who will – donate to change the lives of working women and their families.

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