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1881 – Spelman College is founded in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, an institute of higher education for African-American women.
Spelman College is a private, historically black, women’s liberal arts college located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman received its collegiate charter in 1924, making it America’s oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women.
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Born On This Day
1864 – Johanna Elberskirchen, German author and activist (d. 1943)
Johanna Elberskirchen (11 April 1864 in Bonn – 17 May 1943 in Rüdersdorf) was a feminist writer and activist for the rights of women, gays and lesbians as well as blue-collar workers. She published books on women’s sexuality and health among other topics. Her last known public appearance was in 1930 in Vienna, where she gave a talk at a conference organised by the World League for Sexual Reform. She was open about her own homosexuality which made her a somewhat exceptional figure in the feminist movement of her time. Her career as an activist was ended in 1933, when the Nazi Party rose to power. There is no public record of a funeral but witnesses report that Elberskirchen’s urn was secretly put into the grave of Hildegard Moniac, who had been her life partner.
Based on the assumption that women’s libido only exists in order to secure the creation of offspring and is therefore fundamentally different from men’s libido, Elberskirchen argued that: “If it was the yearning for a child, there would be no abortion, no infanticide, no suicide. In that case the awful punitive articles wouldn’t exist. And first and foremost the outrageous, immoral contempt of an unmarried mother and her child wouldn’t exist – there would be no ‘fallen’ women, no ‘bastards’.
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National Pet Day – April 11, 2022
“You never lie / And you don’t cheat / And you don’t have any baggage tied / To your four feet.” From Norah Jones, this might be the sweetest, most playful ode to a pet yet.
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