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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 28th

On this day in 1931, the Women's track and field events were approved for the 1932Olympics.
I am including this quote from Babe Didrikson bio, because of the amazing accomplishmenttWmen's US team that qualifies for the Olympics 2 gold medals and a silver! Another point about Didrikson went on have an outstanding career in golf. And is really better known for her golf career.
Babe Didrikson was on the team for Olympic Games in Los Angeles she won the 80-metre hurdles and the javelin throw and was deprived of a third gold medal in the high jump only because she had used the then-unorthodox Western roll to achieve the highest jump; she was awarded the silver medal instead. She also excelled in baseball and softball, swimming, figure skating, billiards, and even football.

April 27th

Born this day in 1759, Mary Wollstonecraft, author and feminist. Truly a radical of her time. Born and raised in England. Being an independent woman and without wealth was very difficult in 18th century England. Mary Wollstonecraft left home at the age of 19 to seek her future. But first she saved her sister, Eliza, whose marriage had the beginnings of a brutal husband. Together, the sisters opened a school in Newington Green. Which inspired her first book, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: With Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life (1787)
After Wollstonecraft career in education, she settled on George Street of London to work on her literary career. By 1788, she was, "translator and literary advisor to Joseph Johnson, the publisher of radical texts." The texts also included her own!
In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft published, Vindication on the Rights of Woman
A proper demand of equality between men and women. To read Wollstonecraft's book:
This book gave voice to a silent echo- of women speaking out, but in rooms with no sound leading to the wide world.
Wollstonecraft gave the world another gift, as the mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the first to herald in the New Age.