Monthly Archives: February 2014
In celebration of Women’s History Month, which begins on March 1st, this blog will feature one Jersey Girl Great for each day of the month. What a great opportunity to honor our incredible Jersey Girls! Tune in tomorrow for the first post. *Women’s History Month posts are supported by the Alice Paul Institute and the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Project.
Clara Barton (1821-1912) Jersey gem: Spent much of her career in the Garden State Clara Barton was an advocate for public schools and established Bordentown’s first public school in 1852.
Elizabeth Coleman White (1871-1954) Jersey gem: Pine Barrens native Elizabeth White helped to develop the nation’s first cultivated blueberry.
Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) Jersey gem: Born in Newark Singer Sarah Vaughan launched her jazz career at the world-renowned Apollo theatre’s amateur-night contest.
Alice Huyler Ramsey (1886-1983) Jersey gem: Hackensack native Alice Ramsey made her mark in 1909 as the first female to drive across the United States. After an episode with a runaway horse and rig, Ramsey’s family felt that she would be better suited to driving an automobile.
Mary Paul (1830-unknown) Jersey gem: Lived in utopian community in Red Bank (photo above) Mary Paul was one of a few young single women to reside at Red Bank’s North American Phalanx, a middle-class utopian community. It was founded in 1843 by Rebecca Buffum Spring and her husband Marcus Spring based on the teachings of Charles Fourier. The Phalanx was […]
Mary McCauley (Molly Pitcher) (1754-1832) Jersey gem: Born in Trenton The legendary Molly Pitcher carried water to troops at the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. She also reportedly manned the cannon after her husband was wounded by British gunfire. Historians suggest that close to fifty soldiers died of thirst that day; as many men fell from heat exhaustion as did from […]
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906- 2001) Jersey gem: A native Jersey Girl Anne Lindbergh was an accomplished pilot, navigator and writer who was also known for her role as counterpart to famous husband Charles Lindbergh. With only one day of instruction, Lindbergh became the first woman in the country to receive a gliding pilot’s license.
Althea Gibson (1927-2003) Jersey gem: Lived in East Orange An athletic powerhouse, Althea Gibson made history as the first African-American to play in a tennis tournament. She rocked the tennis world at the 1956 French Open by clinching a Grand Slam title.