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Monday, August 07, 2006

"My concerns has always been for the people
who are victimized, unable to speak for them-
selves and who need outside help."
~Joan Baez

Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis born this day in
1813 spend the early part of her career in the
study of medicine- she took this knowledge and
gave lectures on anatomy and physiology to women.
Ms. Davis traveled throughout the United States
teaching and urging women to become physicians.
In 1850, she focused her energies on National
Women Rights. Going on to become editor of
"The Una", first women's newspaper. And writing
the book, "The History of the National Woman's
Rights Movement" in 1870.

Bessie Locke born this day in 1865 is best known
as organizer and founder of the National Kindergarten
Assoication in 1911. Ms. Locke spent her life promoting
early education throughout the United States. Her writings
of a series of articles on "Home-education", made her
name internationally known.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn born this day in 1890; her family
were socialists. Ms. Flynn gave her first speech, entitled,
"What Socialism Will Do for Women", at the Harlem Socialist
Club. She was kicked out of high school for it. Known as the
East Side Joan of Arc, she fought for workers rights. Arrested
10 times during WWI. A founding memeber of the American
Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Flynn joined the communist party in
1936. During WWII she fought for equal pay and rights for
women and the estabishment of day care centers. Ran for
Congress in 1946 and in was imprisoned in June of 1951
for her beliefs. In 1955 she published the book, "The Alderson
Story; My Life as a Political Prisoner".