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SEPTEMBER

September 1, 1878 – Emma Nutt becomes the world’s first female telephone operator. She is recruited by Alexander Graham Bell for the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company.


 

September 5, 1997 - Mother Teresa died in Calcutta at age 87, after a life of good works spent aiding the sick and poor in India through her Missionaries of Charity order.


 

September 6, 1860 -  Birth of Jane Addams, first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (in 1931), first president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and founder of Hull House in Chicago.


 

 

September 6, 1870 – Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast her vote in a general election.


 

September 13, 1933 – Elizabeth McCombs takes office as a member of the New Zealand Parliament. She is the first woman to do so.


 

September 17, 1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.


 

September 18, 1919 – The Netherlands gives women the right to vote


 

September 20, 1973 – Billie Jean King defeats Bobby “No-Broad-Can-Beat-Me” Riggs in the battle of the sexes tennis match   


 

September 21,1898 – Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days’ Reform in China.


September 23, 1913 - Women protests take place in the Free State, South Africa, led by Charlotte Maxeke, resisting government attempts to impose passes on women; passes are burnt in front of the municipal offices

 

 

September 29, 1988 – Stacy Allison becomes first American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest