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May is All About Today in History
First African American Woman to be named Consulant in Poetry

Welcome to Today in History May!

Each day of May, we’ll be taking a look at something historical that a woman has done. Why? Because, when we learn about the cool things women have done in our history, we get inspired. We see what WE can do. We understand that we are changing the world, every day.

Know of some cool woman who did something that you admire? Share it right here!

Here’s our first, Today in History story:

On May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry. Today they call people who earn this distinction a Poet Laureate. There have been 5 female poets laureate and 16 male poets laureate. Prior to 1985, they were called consultants in poetry and there were 6 female consultants in poetry by 1985 and 23 male consultants in poetry.

Gwendolyn inspired readers to think about what it really means to support human rights and the dignity of each human life. Her point of view resonates with us today. We, as a group of people on this planet, still seem to struggle with the idea of basic, human rights.

The first woman consultant in poetry was  Louise Bogan, who held the post from 1945 to 1946.

 Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

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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
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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.

 

Gemma Flynn

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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Vote for the April Blogger of the Month
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Some girls write blogs about their life. Others write poems. Some make lists of good things to do, and a bunch of girls give good advice. iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we like to 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:
@dragonrider015 @twixergirl @basicallyfinella @belliejean @the-famous-pickle

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Strong Spiders
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Spiders spin “silk” that is stronger than the silk that we use for our clothes.

Scientists are trying to copy spider silk. How cool is that?

News source: Trends in Biotechnology, May 2008

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Blogger of the Month for March!
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@elephantemma!

Way to go, @elephantemma! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for March! 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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