Women You Should Know –

July 1, 1904, Mary Steichen Calderone was born. She was a doctor who received international recognition as a pioneer in the field of human sexuality. She was cofounder and President of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States from 1954 until 1982. As well, from 1953 to 1964, she was the Medical Director for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Mary’s writings include “Questions and Answers About Sex and Love,” Sexuality and Human Values,” Manual of Family Planning and Contraceptive Practices.” She was listed in “50 Most Influential Women in America.” Also, Mary was included in the World Almanac as one of the 200 Most Influential People in the World. She passed away in 1998.

July 9, 1842, Clara Louise Clara Louise Kellogg was born in Sumterville, South Carolina. She was an opera singer who sang her first opera in 1861. She appeared as the prima donna in Italian Opera. Clara was one of the leading public singers from 1868 to 1887 when she married and retired from singing.

July 9, 1894, Dorothy Thompson, was born. She was a journalist.

Of all forms of government and society, those of free men and women are in many respects the most brittle. They give the fullest freedom for activities of private persons and groups who often identify their own interests, essentially selfish, with the general welfare.
~ Dorothy Thompson

July 27, 1768, Charlotte Corday was born. She was arrested and imprisoned for the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat. It was Charlotte’s belief that during the French Revolution Jean-Paul Marat was responsible for the ill fortune of the French people. As a result, she arranged a private meeting with him. During the meeting, Ms. Corday killed Jean-Paul by stabbing him with a table knife, while he was in the bathtub. On July 17, 1793, Charlotte was guillotined for the murder of Jean-Paul Marat.

July 17, 1898, Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield Ohio. Berenice spent most of her life as a photographer in New York City. Ms. Abbot was responsible for the photography program at the New School for Social Research, in New York city, where she also taught from 1934-58. She wrote several books and articles including the popular A Guide to Better Photography in 1941.

Abbott, B. (1941). A guide to better photography. New York: Crown Publishers, 1941.

July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. On March 30, 1932, Amelia was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. In 1935, she became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the Mainland. On June 1, 1937, Amelia began a round the world flight accompanied by Fred Noonan. They missed their expected landing and were never heard from again.

I may have to keep some place where I can go to be myself now and then, for I cannot guarantee to endure at all times the confinements of even an attractive cage.
~ Amelia Earhart