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Happy 30 Reasons Why June!

All June long we’ll come up with 30 reasons why we stand up for girlhood. You in? Stay tuned! And add your reason why, too. We want to hear from you!

Here’s to standing up for girls. GIRLS ROCK! Here are some girls in history who celebrate their birthdays all June long. Check them out! A full year of birthdays is available in our Birthday Club! Check it out!
1st June
Julie Campbell, 1908 – American Author & Literary Agent
Hazel Dickens, 1935 – US Feminist, Activist, Bluegrass Singer
Katerina Gogou, 1940 – Greek Anarchist Poet
2nd June
Dorothy West, 1907 – African American Writer
Lotte Reiniger, 1899 – German Film Director and Animator
Ruth Atkinson, 1918 – Canadian/American Cartoonist
Kathryn Tucker Windham, 1918 – Alabama Storyteller
Betty Freeman, 1921 – US Photographer & Philanthropist
June Callwood, 1924 – Canadian Journalist & Social Activist
3rd June
Rosa Chacel, 1898 – Spanish Writer and Feminist
Memphis Minnie, 1897 – American Singer-Songwriter
Eleanor Coade, 1733 – British Businesswoman
4th June
Miina Sillanpää, 1866 – Finnish Member of Parliament
Sadie Bonnell, 1888 – British WW1 Ambulance Driver
Mabel Lucie Attwell, 1879 – British Illustrator
Alla Nazimova, 1879 – Crimean American Actress & Producer
5th June
Ruth Benedict, 1887 – American anthropologist and folklorist
Elena Piscopia, 1646 – Italian Philosopher and PhD
Laurali Rose Wright, 1939 – Canadian Author
6th June
Sarah Parker Remond, 1826 – African American Physician & Abolitionist
Eliza Orzeszkowa, 1841 – Polish Writer
Ninette de Valois, 1898 – Irish Dancer and Choreographer
7th June
Virginia Apgar, 1909 – American Anaesthesiologist
Amelia Edwards, 1831 – British Writer & Egyptologist
Elizabeth Bowen, 1899 – Irish Writer
Marion Post, 1910 – American Photographer
8th June
Charlotte Scott, 1858 – British Mathematician and Educator
Alicia Stott, 1860 – Irish Mathematician
Marguerite Yourcenar, 1903 – Belgian Novelist & Essayist
9th June
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1836 – British Physician & Feminist
Helen Marot, 1865 – American Social Reformer
Bertha von Suttner, 1843 – Austrian Nobel Peace prize winner
Phyllis Ann Wallace, Black American Economist and Activist
10th June
Hattie McDaniel, 1895 – 1st African American Oscar winner
Rebecca Latimer Felton, 1835 – 1st female American Senator
Lin Huiyin, 1904 – Chinese Architect and Writer
11th June 
Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815 – British Photographer
Millicent Fawcett, 1847 – British Suffragist and Reformer
Jeanette Rankin, 1880 – 1st woman in the US Congress
Angela Forbes, 1876 – original Forces Sweetheart
12th June
Eva Crane, 1912 – British Bee Scientist
Anne Frank, 1929 – German/Dutch Diarist
Harriet Martineau, 1802 – British Sociologist and Writer
Djuna Barnes, 1892 – American Writer and Illustrator
Margherita Hack, 1922 – Italian Astrophysicist & Activist
13th June
Chrystal Macmillan, 1872 – Scottish lawyer, feminist & pacifist
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893 – British Writer and Humanist
Jeanne-Claude, 1935 – Moroccan Environmental Artist
14th June
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 – American Author
Margaret Bourke-White, 1904 – American Photographer
Winifred Lubell, 1914 – American Illustrator and Activist
15th June
Hilda Terry, 1914 – American Cartoonist
Margaret Ives Abbott, 1876 – American Olympic Golfer
Olga Erteszek, 1916 – Polish American Fashion Designer
16th June
Barbara McClintock, 1902 – US Nobel Prize winning Geneticist
Bessie Rayner Parkes, 1829 – British Feminist & Campaigner
Mary Katherine Goddard, 1738 – US Publisher & Postmistress
Natalia Goncharova, 1881 – Russian Avant-garde Artist
17th June
Ruth Wakefield, 1903 – US Inventor of Chocolate Chip Cookie
Susan La Flesche, 1865 – Native American Doctor & Reformer
Flora Finch, 1867 – UK/USA Actress, Comedian & Producer
18th June
Sylvia Porter, 1913 – American Economist and Journalist
Ann Mara, 1929 – US Businesswoman & “1st Lady of Football”
19th June
Laura Z. Hobson, 1900 – American Writer
Pauline Kael, 1919 – American Film Critic
Merata Mita, 1942 - Māori Film Maker and Activist
20th June
Helen Miller Shepard, 1868 – American Philanthropist
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, 1786 – French Poet
Zelda Mishkovsky, 1914 – Israeli Poet
Helena Rasiowa, 1917 – Polish Mathematician
21st June
Benazir Bhutto, 1953 – Pakistani Prime Minister
Clara Immerwahr, 1870 – German Chemist
Daisy Turner, 1883 – African American Storyteller and Poet
Mary McCarthy, 1912 – American Writer and Political Activist
22nd June
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 – American Author & Aviator
Cicely Saunders, 1918 – British founder of the Hospice
​​Katherine Dunham, 1909 – African American Dancer, Choreographer & Activist
Octavia Butler, 1947 – African American Science Fiction Writer
23rd June
Anna Akhmatova, 1889 – Russian Poet
Winifred Holtby, 1898 - English novelist and journalist
Wilma Rudolph, 1940 – African American Athlete
24th June
Pearl Witherington, 1914 – British SOE Agent
Mary Wesley, 1912 – British Novelist
Mildred Ladner Thompson, 1918 – American Journalist
Margaret Olley, 1923 – Australian Artist
Joan Clarke, 1917 – British Linguist & cryptanalyst
25th June
Virginia Lacy Jones, 1912 – African American Librarian
Celia Franca, 1921 – Director of Canadian National Ballet
Dorothy Gilman, 1923 – American Mystery Author
26th June
Pearl S. Buck, 1892 – American Writer
Violette Szabo, 1921 -  French-British WW2 secret agent
Dorothy Fuldheim, 1893 – American Journalist & TV Anchor
27th June
Helen Keller, 1860 – US Deafblind Writer & Lecturer
Guilhermina Suggia, 1885 – Portugese Cellist
Kate Carew, 1869 – American Caricaturist and Interviewer
28th June
Maria Goeppert-Mayer, 1906 - German-American Physicist
Esther Forbes, 1891 – American Pulitzer Prize winning Author
Stefi Geyer, 1888 – Hungarian Violinist & Teacher
29th June
Virginia Pope, 1885 - American Fashion Editor
Julia Lathrop, 1858 – American Social Reformer
Yvonne Lefébure, 1898 – French Pianist and Teacher
30th June
Monica Maurice, 1908 – British Industrialist
Lena Horne, 1917 – American Singer & Civil Rights Activist
Eleanor Ross Taylor, 1920 – American Poet

Together, we are changing the world. Happy 30 Reasons Why June!

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Congratulate our May Blogger of the Month!
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… @batman!

Way to go, @batman! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for May! After 200 hundered votes, you edged out the other Bloggers and are this month’s winner! Way to go! Now, just send your parents’ home mailing address to us (info at itwixie dot com) and we’ll send a pocket writing journal to you! Thanks for helping to build the iTwixie Nation – you help everyone feel so inspired! We love reading your blogs! You rock!

Calling all iTwixie girls: be sure to read each other’s blogs and see how they can spark your to write your own blogs! Maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

How the New Blogger of the Month Works
For each month in 2017, our iTwixie Team will choose 5 girls to be featured in a vote for Blogger of the Month. Then we all get to vote for who we think ought to win. The winner will get a prize! Once you’ve won Blogger of the Month, you will need to wait a year before getting another  chance to be featured in the vote, so that more girls get the chance to win. Sound fun?

Get blogging and voting and maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

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Friends Make Us Healthier
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There are so many ways that friends help make us healthier. Check them out right here! And here are 3 special ways, too:

Friends do more together and make our every day lives  healthier! When we have friends to enjoy doing a variety of things, we do more!
Friends make better choices together! When we surround ourselves with healthy people, we tend to be healthy, too!
Friends make the bad days more bearable!

So have some fun with your friends and be happy to help each other be healthier! It’s good stuff!

Thanks, Live Science!

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Vote for the May Blogger of the Month
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What are your favorite blogs?

Stories? Poems? Ransom?

Some girls make lists of favorite things and others give advice. No matter what, iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we give out a Blogger of the Month award to recognize your unique, awesome voices! We think the world should join us and #ListenToGirls!!! And so now it’s time to Vote for the Blogger of the Month for March!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, the iTwixie Team presents five bloggers as candidates for Blogger of the Month. And then YOU vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Check out these amazing bloggers and then vote for your fave! We’ll announce the winner next week: @twixergirl @dragonrider015 @batman @belliejean @the-famous-pickle

Choose the May Blogger of the Month

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Today in History, Madeleine Albright Was Born
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Today in 1937, Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, or Marie Jana Korbelová, as she was named originally, was born. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.

Happy Birthday, Madame Secretary!

 

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Blogger of the Month for April!
April Blogger of the Month

@basicallyfinella!

Way to go, @basicallyfinella! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for April! Way to go! Now, just send your parents’ home mailing address to us (info at itwixie dot com) and we’ll send a pocket writing journal to you! Thanks for helping to build the iTwixie Nation – you help everyone feel so inspired! We love reading your blogs! You rock!

Calling all iTwixie girls: be sure to read each other’s blogs and see how they can spark your to write your own blogs! Maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

How the New Blogger of the Month Works
For each month in 2017, our iTwixie Team will choose 5 girls to be featured in a vote for Blogger of the Month. Then we all get to vote for who we think ought to win. The winner will get a prize! Once you’ve won Blogger of the Month, you will need to wait a year before getting another  chance to be featured in the vote, so that more girls get the chance to win. Sound fun?

Get blogging and voting and maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

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Today in History, the Mary Kies Patent was Awarded
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Today, in 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to apply for an get awarded a U.S. patent in her own name. She won it for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

 

 

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Today in History, First Women Team to Manaslu
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Today in 1974, an all-female Japanese team, led by the visionary, Kyoko Sato reached the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.

 


imgres-11The team also included Naoko Nakaseko, Masako Uchida Mieko Mori, and Jambu Sherpa.

 

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Today in History Nellie T Ross Became US Mint Director
First Woman Governor in the US, First Woman Director of the US Mint

Today, in 1933, a smart woman named Nellie T Ross became the 1st female director of the US Mint.

Here’s her story:

On Oct. 4, 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross watched as her husband’s coffin was lowered into the ground. William B. Ross had been governor of Wyoming for only a year and 10 months. Twelve days earlier he had suffered severe abdominal pains after a day making speeches in Laramie. It was appendicitis. He died Oct. 2.

Nellie was devastated. She managed to hide it in public but broke down when she was alone with her brother.

That afternoon, back at the governor’s mansion, the chairman of the state Democratic Committee knocked on the door and asked a delicate question: Would Mrs. Ross consider running for governor herself? The election was a month away.

Nellie Tayloe about 1900 with her brothers, Albert and George, and their father, James. American Heritage Center.

Nellie Tayloe about 1900 with her brothers, Albert and George, and their father, James. (American Heritage Center.)

 

 

Nellie's three sons with their grandparents, ca. 1920. L. to r.: Bradford, Ambrose, Lizzie and James Tayloe, George. American Heritage Center.

Nellie’s three sons with their grandparents, ca. 1920. L. to r.: Bradford, Ambrose, Lizzie and James Tayloe, George. (American Heritage Center.)

 

 

Nellie’s brother George and other friends advised her not to run for governor. Yet she needed the money, or at least some kind of job to support herself and her boys. So she decided to run. She won easily, as it turned out, by 8,000 votes out of 79,000 cast—a much bigger victory than her husband’s was two years earlier. Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected the first woman governor in the nation.

She was inaugurated Jan. 5, 1925—the first woman governor in the nation.

Gov. Nellie T. Ross about the time of her inauguration, with three former Wyoming governors, l. to r.: U.S. Sen. F.E. Warren, former Gov. Robert Carey, and Sen. John B. Kendrick. American Heritage Center.

 

Governor Nellie T. Ross about the time of her inauguration, with three former Wyoming governors,
l. to r.: U.S. Sen. F.E. Warren, former Gov. Robert Carey, and Sen. John B. Kendrick. (American Heritage Center.)

 

 

 

Gov. Nellie Ross, second from right, in Washington, D.C., 1925. Her friend Eula B. Kendrick is on the left, and Grace Coolige, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, is in the center. Wyoming State Archives.

 

Governor Nellie Ross, second from right, in Washington, D.C., 1925. Her friend Eula B. Kendrick is on the left, and Grace Coolige, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, is in the center. (Wyoming State Archives.)

 

 

 

Nellie went right to work. She was still a Democrat swimming in a sea of Republicans.

A campaign card, from Gov. Ross's 1926 re-election campaign. American Heritage Center.

 

 

 

A campaign card, from Gov. Ross’s 1926 re-election campaign. (American Heritage Center.)

 

 

 

 

 

Nellie ran again in 1926 and lost. She lost by only 1,365 out of about 70,000 votes cast.

After Roosevelt took office as president in 1933, he named Nellie director of the Bureau of the Mint, the government agency responsible for making new bills, new coins and melting down old ones. It was a big job, and Nellie was the first woman to hold it. Roosevelt appointed her to three five-year stints in the job, and President Harry Truman, also a Democrat, appointed her to a fourth.

Thank you so much, Wyoming State Historical Society

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Today in History Gemma Flynn was Born
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Gemma Flynn

 

On this day in history, Gemma Flynn was born. She was born 2 May 1990.

 

 

Gemma Flynn

She is a phenomenal New Zealand field hockey player.

She has represented her country in three Summer Olympics: 2008, 20012 and 2016.

 

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Maybe you’re like Gemma.

After a disappointing loss she said, “Don’t let today’s disappointment cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.”

Pretty cool, right? Do you face disappointment like this? Can you keep dreaming even when a dream of yours doesn’t come true?

 

Happy Birthday, Gemma. You rock and you inspire us all!

 

 

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