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Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, the First Female Comic Book Hero (Don’t Call Her a Heroine)

She was a woman of strength and courage, and the first heroic woman to have a comic book in her own name. Sheena, “Queen of the Jungle,” debuted in the British magazine Wags #1 in 1937, the creation of comic book pioneers Will Eisner and S. M. “Jerry” Iger. As the story goes, Sheena originally … Continue reading

Shirley Chisholm Runs for President

On January 15, 1972, Shirley Chisholm, Democratic member of Congress from New York’s Twelfth District, announced her candidacy for President of the United States – the first African-American woman to seek the nation’s highest office. Women and blacks had previously run for president on minor party tickets — Sen. Margaret Chase Smith from Maine had … Continue reading

The Women’s Movement

Gloria Steinem declared 1971 the “Year of Women’s Liberation.”  And even though a year later, in 1972, the Supreme Court would rule unconstitutional separate hiring practices for men and women, there was still no consensus among observers or advocates as to what the women’s movement was all about – were they liberationists or feminists? Yet … Continue reading

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