Unapologetic progressive. Fearless activist. Plucky liberal.

On March 11:

  • 1818: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is published.
  • 1922: Madeline Houston McWhinnery, founder of First Women’s Bank in New York City, is born.
  • 1923: Agatha Barbara, president of Malta from 1982-87, is born.
  • 1959: “Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry, opens at Barrymore Theater with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil in the starring roles. This was the first Broadway play written by an African American woman and directed by an African American, Lloyd Richards.
  • 1993: Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman U.S. attorney general.
  • 2006: Michelle Bachelet is confirmed as first woman president of Chile.
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