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May 27, 1818 – Birthday of Amelia Jenks Bloomer

Amelia Bloomer was an American women’s rights and temperance advocate, who became best-known for her efforts to reform women’s clothing styles. In her bi-weekly publication The Lily, she wrote: “The costume of women should be suited to her wants and … Continue reading

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April 7, 1915 – Birthday of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday’s autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, opens with the line: “Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married; he was 18, she was 16 and I was three.” Billie was born in Philadelphia on … Continue reading

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“Fabulous and Forty-Something” – Guest Post by Author Linda Gillard

Note by Rhapsodyinbooks: When I was young, being forty seemed like about as close as one could get to being Very Very Old But Still Alive. My dream was to go to Italy and eat spaghetti for the rest of … Continue reading

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July 6, 1957 – Althea Gibson Becomes the First African American to win Wimbledon

On this day in 1957, Althea Gibson claimed the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and became the first African American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Gibson also won the women’s doubles … Continue reading

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June 26, 1911 – Birthday of Mildred Ella (“Babe”) Didrikson Zaharias

Mildred Ella (“Babe”) Didrikson Zaharias was one of the greatest female athletes in memory. She achieved outstanding success in golf, baseball, basketball, diving, bowling, and track and field. She won two gold medals and one silver medal for track and … Continue reading

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