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The first lady of libraries

Print this articleCaroline Maria Hewins was born in Roxbury, Mass., on Oct. 10, 1846. Her father was a wealthy Boston merchant who provided a comfortable home for his wife, children, and an extended family of aunts, uncles, and grandmothers. She … Continue reading

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A vibrant lady who influenced others

Print this articleMary Moody Emerson was born on Aug. 23, 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution, in Concord, Mass., the fourth child of Phebe Bliss and the Reverend William Emerson. Both Phebe and William were very spiritual and … Continue reading

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UC-Berkeley’s first dean of women

Print this articleChildren should be seen and not heard. This was a common belief of her time, but one strongly rejected by Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Growing up in a well-to-do family, where children’s days were rigidly scheduled and expectations of … Continue reading

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An activist for Indian rights

Print this articleMary Lucinda Bonney was the fourth of six children born to a devoted Baptist family in Hamilton, New York, on June 8, 1816. Her father was a farmer in good circumstances, said to be a man of integrity, … Continue reading

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One of the most dangerous women in America

Print this articleMary Harris Jones was born on May 1, 1830, in Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of Roman Catholic tenant farmers, Richard and Ellen Harris. During her early years, she and her family fled the Irish Potato Famine, … Continue reading

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A key voice in the Harlem Renaissance

Print this articleNella Larsen was born Nella Walker, in Chicago on April 13, 1893, to a Danish mother, Mary Hanson. Her father, Peter Walker, was a black West Indian. Whether her father died or simply left a Chicago that was … Continue reading

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Print this articleHighlighting the vital role played by women in history is the goal of Her- Story. Women have always been driven by their dreams, which has resulted in amazing accomplishments. We draw inspiration and strength from those who came … Continue reading

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A woman who soared to new heights

Print this articleMillicent Peterson Young was born circa 1922 near Lodgepole, Neb., on the family farm. When she was six years old, a pilot landed his plane on their property telling her, “Don’t touch that plane, little girl.” That was … Continue reading

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A rare winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Print this articleEmily Greene Balch was born in Jamaica Plain, Mass., on Jan. 8, 1867. Hers was a prosperous family. Her father was a successful attorney and had been secretary to United States Sen. Charles Sumner. As a young girl, … Continue reading

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A powerful voice against slavery

Print this articleJosephine Sophia White Griffing was born Dec. 18, 1814, in Hebron, Conn. Her father was Joseph White Jr., a representative in the state legislature. Her mother was the sister of portrait artist Samuel Lovett Waldo. Very little is … Continue reading

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