Women's History

July 21, 1656: Elizabeth Key Wins Her Freedom

In early Colonial Virginia, Elizabeth Key became the first woman of African descent in the North American colonies to sue for her freedom and win.
Time Periods: Pre-18th Century, Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Slavery and Resistance, Women's History
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June 2, 1863: Harriet Tubman Frees Nearly 800 People

Harriet Tubman planned and guided a significant armed raid (becoming the first woman to do so in the Civil War) against Confederate forces, supply depots, and plantations along the Combahee River in coastal South Carolina.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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May 19, 1930: Lorraine Hansberry Born

Lorraine Hansberry was an author and activist who wrote "A Raisin in the Sun."
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History
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May 3, 1898: Septima Clark Born

Educator and civil rights organizer Septima Clark was born in South Carolina.
Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Women's History
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Nov. 30, 1924: Shirley Chisholm Born

Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Women's History
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Oct. 18, 1929: The Persons Case

The Persons Case, a legal milestone in Canada, established the right of women to sit in the Senate of Canada.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History
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