Happy Birthday Miriam Underhill!
Born July 22, 1898, in Forest Glen, Maryland, Miriam Underhill was a force to be reckoned with from the beginning. At age 16, she visited the Alps for the first time on a family vacation, where she would complete an introductory climb near Chamonix. Despite her thirst for climbing she went to Bryn Mawr College to complete bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics. Underhill continued straight on to complete a master’s in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 1921. All the while she visited the Alps and other mountains during her summers off from school and stayed an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. The only thing holding back Underhill was the fact that she was a woman.
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn Brooks!
On June 7th, 1917 Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas. Shortly after Brooks was born her family moved to Chicago, where she would live for the rest of her life. Her parents were very influential in her love of the arts and ambitious nature. Her mother was teacher and classically trained pianist and her father was a janitor who would go on to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor.
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North Carolina has been making headlines lately as the newest example of blatant and legal discrimination, this time against transgender people. A new law, detailed here, will ban, “transgender people from using public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, and bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people”. This can only be added to the long list of ways in which transgender people have been, and continue to be, treated as less than.
Happy Birthday Elizabeth Seaman!
On May 5th, 1864, Elizabeth Seaman was born to Mary Jane and Michael Cochran. Her father, a wealthy judge and landowner, tragically died when Mary Jane was six years old. His death created financial hardship for the large family that had a total of 15 children from Michael’s previous marriage and marriage to Elizabeth’s mother.
Aww periods. The beautiful monthly moment that is a mix of emotions. First there’s excitement knowing you successfully avoided pregnancy another month in a row, but for me the excitement quickly fades as I begin to worry that the pain I am experiencing can only be explained by the fact that my uterus is slowly falling out of my body.
Happy Birthday May Edward Chinn!
On April 15, 1896 May Edward Chinn was born to William Lafayette Chinn, an escaped slave, and Lulu Ann Evans, a Native American from the Chickahominy Indian Reservation.
Chinn was sent to boarding school at a young ago but soon would have to return after she became ill with osteomyelitis of the jaw, an infectious inflammatory bone disease. She would have to spend time with her mother who worked as a live-in domestic worker for the Tiffany family in New York City.
Happy Birthday to the creation of Women’s History Month!
As you can tell this birthday of the month post is going to be slightly different. This month I want to honor the birth of not a person but an entire celebration, Women’s History Month. As I was deciding whom to write about for my monthly birthday post I realized it was the first day of Women’s History Month, a celebration I thought I was quite familiar with.