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Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16th

Josephine Shaw Lowell was born this day in 1843. A reformer and Progressive Leader. Ms. Lowell founded the New York Consumers League in 1890 which lead to the National Consumers League founded in 1899. www.nclnet.org Dedicated to the improvement of wages, conditions in the work place and today a watch dog for medications on the market.
Lowell spent her life as an advocate for Americans. In 1876, Govenor Samuel Tiden of New York appointed Lowell, Commissioner State Board of Charities. The first woman to hold this office; she served until 1889. Josephine Lowell was the first woman to have a memorial dedicated in their honor- The Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park, behind the New York City Library.

Helen Frances "Fanny" Garrison Villard was born this day in 1844. Most remembered as one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP is still working for on the behalf of Americans. www.naacp.org

And Jane Austen was born this day in 1775. A great writer novelist when there were no novelists. Yes, another first- Austen's work captured the everyday life- the characters voices in her novels still read as real today.

And on this day in 1903 the Majestic Theatre in New York City was the first theatre in the United States to employ women as ushers.