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July Highlights in Women's History
Source: National Women’s History Project

In July we celebrate essential democratic anniversaries -- the birth of the United States on July 4, 1776 and the birth of the Women's Rights Movement on July 19-20, 1848.

July 2, 1979 - The Susan B. Anthony dollar is released

July 2, 1937 - Amelia Earhart's plane is lost in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island Island. 

July 2, 1964 - President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act; Title VII prohibits sex discrimination in employment 

July 4, 1876 - Suffragists crash the Centennial Celebration in Independence Hall to present the Vice President with the "Declaration of the Rights of Women" written by Matilda Joselyn Gage * 

July 6, 1957 - Althea Gibson is the first African American woman player to win a Wimbledon title in women's tennis singles

July 7, 1981 - President Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman Supreme Court Justice

July 12, 1984 - Representative Geraldine Ferraro (D-New York) is chosen as the
first female to run for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic Party ticket with Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota)

July 14, 1917 - 16 women from the National Women's Party were arrested while picketing the White House demanding universal women's suffrage; they were charged with obstructing traffic

July 19-20, 1848 - The Seneca Falls Convention, the country's first women's rights convention, is held in Seneca Falls, New York Women's Rights and Women's Equality Day Resources

July 20, 1942 - The first class of Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) begins at Fort Des Moines, IA

July Health Awareness Campaigns

July 1 - 31 | Cord Blood Awareness Month
Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation

July 1 - 31 | International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Group B Strep International

July 1 - 31 | Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis Foundation

July 1 - 31 | National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

July 1 - 31 |  UV Safety Month
Prevent Blindness America

July 28 | World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Alliance

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