The Women Leaders WPLN Celebrates This Month: June Birthdays

This month, we're celebrating the birthdays of the following female trailblazers and leaders:

  • Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer and songwriter (June 1)

  • Martha Washington, the inaugural First Lady of the United States (June 2)

  • Dorothy West, novelist and member of the Harlem Renaissance (June 2)

  • Josephine Baker, performer and civil rights activist (June 3)

  • Barbara Bush, former First Lady and one of only two women to be wife of one U.S. president and mother of another U.S. president (June 8)

  • Helen Marot, writer and librarian who investigated child labor and working conditions (June 9)

  • Phyllis Ann Wallace, economist who was the first woman to receive a doctorate of economics at Yale University and the first female tenured professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management (June 9)

  • Hattie McDaniel, actress and the first Black American to win an Academy Award (June 10)

  • Jeannette Rankin, politician from Montana who became the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 (June 11)

  • Eleanor Norton Holmes, congresswoman representing the District of Columbia (June 13)

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, author whose anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century (June 14)

  • Barbara McClintock, scientist who received the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the first woman to do so solo (June 16)

  • Mary Katharine Goddard, publisher who was the second printer of the Declaration of Independence (June 16)

  • Marita Bonner, essayist and playwright during the Harlem Renaissance (June 16)

  • Susan La Flesche Picotte, doctor who is known as the first Native American to earn a medical degree (June 17)

  • Sylvia Porter, economist, columnist, and author (June 18)

  • Katherine Dunham, dancer, choreographer, and civil rights activist (June 22)

  • Octavia Butler, science fiction writer and the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (June 22)

  • Helen Keller, suffragist, speaker, and author who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (June 27)

  • Lena Horne, performer and civil rights activist (June 30)

Click here to read the June newsletter in full.