Posts Tagged ‘Great American Women’

Marian Anderson

February 27, 1897- April 8 1993.

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.

On this date, January 7, 1955, Marian Anderson became the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. (more…)

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While the trading floor was opened to women in 1943, the first woman to obtain a seat on on the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) was much later. Muriel Seibert took hers on this date, December 28th, 1967. (more…)

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Born this day, December 11th:

“Oh Be a Fine Girl and Kiss Me”

Annie Jump Cannon (more…)

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featherWinona LaDuke

Author, Environmental Activist, Economist, VP Political Candidate, Community Developer

Born: 1959

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

“There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals.”

Winona LaDuke, is the daughter of Anishinabeg (Ojibwa) Vincent LaDuke (SunBear) and Russian Betty Bernstein. A member of the Ashland Oregon high school debate team, She determined to attend Harvard. While earning a degree in economic development from Harvard, she met and was influenced by Jimmy Durham, a well-known Cherokee activist. When she was 18, she addressed the United Nations on Native American issues. (more…)

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Those of us who know her music are mourning her loss today. (more…)

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featherMaria Tallchief, (Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief)

America’s first Prima Ballerina; trained both as a pianist and as a dancer

b. January 24, 1925-

Fairfax, Okla.

Maria Tallchief parents were Alexander Joseph Tall Chief of the Osage Nation and Ruth, her Scotts-Irish mother. Due to the discovery of oil on the reservation in some ways her life was more comfortable than many. However, she and her family suffered through the Osage Indian Murders. Her cousin survived only because she was visiting Tallchief, while her cousin’s family was murdered. A white local rancher named Bill Hale killed, or was responsible for the death of at least 18 Osage people over an aborted attempt to grab oil rights and land. (more…)

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featherMaria Martinez (Maria Antonia Montoya)


Born: 1887 died 1980

Birthplace: San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico

Renowned rescuer of an ancient pottery technique, Maria Martinez was interested in pottery from childhood. She was born of the Native American Tewa tribe. In general, pottery making was in decline during this period in her area, due to the gain of mass produced dishes. However, she was able to learn pottery from her grandmother. She gained early respect for her work. (more…)

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