May 1: TODAY'S INSPIRING WOMEN

National Woman's Rights Convention

The Eleventh National Woman's Rights Convention was held today in 1866. The American Equal Rights Association was formed at the end of the convention, and the members pledge to achieve suffrage for both women and black Americans.


Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and was named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry (later called Poet Laureate). She was born today in 1950.


Mary Harris

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, a labor leader and organizer, was born today in 1830.