Women’s History Month 2008 begins on a wistful note in Columbus with the news of Xenia Miller’s passing February 19 th. Born in 1917, Miller was a major philanthropist whose life story dovetailed with many of that city’s significant figures, trends and landmarks.
A feminist who eventually opposed the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, Mary Ritter Beard was nonetheless a pioneering scholar and proponent of women’s history. The texts she co-authored with her husband, not to mention fifteen titles of her own, made significant strides in incorporating cultural, social and economic trends into the popular interpretation of American history.
Addressing the Indiana State Medical Society in 1885, Doctor Mary Thomas reminded the gathering, “A year ago there was a lady physician appointed in the insane asylum…Today I met the Superintendant, Dr. Fletcher, and asked him if Dr. Sarah Stockton was a success in the asylum? And he said, “A complete success!” I am thankful [...]
The author of five previous novels—only two of which had been published—Mary Jane Ward was unprepared for the firestorm that surrounded The Snake Pit when it was released in 1946.
The worlds of poetry and arts advocacy were astounded when, in late 2002, it was announced that the small Chicago publication, Poetry , and the Washington-based lobbying group Americans for the Arts were the beneficiaries of gifts of more than 100 million dollars apiece.