Susan B. Anthony, Crusader for the Woman Suffrage Movement

Susan B. Anthony, National Women's History Month, Women's Rights

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As we continue celebrating National Women’s History Month, we peek into the life of Susan B. Anthony.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. -Susan B. Anthony

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American pioneer crusader for the woman suffrage movement and president (1892-1900) of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Born into a politically active Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. They worked to end slavery (the Abolitionist Movement) and were also part of the temperance movement, which wanted the production and sale of alcohol limited or stopped completely. Anthony was denied a chance to speak at a temperance convention because she was a woman.

Susan B. Anthony, Dollar Currency, National Women's History Month

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Along with activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She realized that no one would take women in politics seriously unless they had the right to vote. It wasn’t until 14 years after her death in 1920, that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving all adult women the right to vote, was passed.In recognition of her dedication and hard work, the U.S. Treasury Department put Anthony’s portrait on one dollar coins in 1979, making her the first woman to be so honored.


Dancing with Rita Moreno, First Latina to Win EGOT

Rita Moreno, National Women's History Month, EGOT

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Today we are celebrating a multi-talented performer who rose above the limitations of Hollywood typecasting to build a career spanning more than six decades. Rita Moreno, born Rosita Dolores Alverío is the first Latina to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award (EGOT). She was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, and one of her best-known iconic roles was playing Anita in West Side Story.

During a time when decent roles were not created for ethnic actors and actresses, Moreno had to play roles in movies that she considered degrading. Among the better pictures she appeared in was the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain and The King and I (1956).

Moreno married Leonard Gordon, a cardiologist who was also her manager. They have one daughter, Fernanda Luisa Fisher, and two grandsons, Justin and Cameron Fisher. Leonard died on June 30, 2010.

Rita Moreno, National Women's History Month

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Moreno won a 1972 Grammy Award for her contribution to the soundtrack album for The Electric Company, following three years later with a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for “The Ritz” (a role she would reprise in the 1976 film version, The Ritz). She then won Emmy Awards for The Muppet Show (1976) and The Rockford Files (1974).

She has continued to work steadily on screen (both large and small) and on stage, solidifying her reputation as a national treasure. In June 2004 Moreno received the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President George W. Bush.

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, we are shining the spotlight on Rita Moreno, a true multi-talented pioneer in movies, television, and theater.


Ratatouille by Cooking Pioneer Julia Child during National Women’s History Month

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Bon appetit! That was the famous teaser line by the beloved, most widely recognized female American chef who revolutionized American cuisine on her show, The French Chef. Julia Child left an indelible mark on her audience and the food world through her broadcasts on the PBS network. She taught her faithful viewers how easy and enjoyable cooking could be.

Julia Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was born Julia Carolyn McWillams in Pasadena, California, to John and Julia McWilliams. Julia began to study cooking in Beverly Hills, California. She married Paul Cushing Child in September 1946 who introduced her to cooking. 

She decided she wanted to learn about French cooking and, after studying the language, she enrolled at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school. With two fellow students, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, she formed a cooking school called L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes (School of the Three Gourmets). In 1963, after appearing on a television panel show, Child began a weekly half-hour cooking program called The French Chef. Her work was recognized with a Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy Award in 1966.

Today we are featuring a delicious recipe for Ratatouille by famed chef, Julia Child. Bon Appetit!

Julia Child’s Ratatouille

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  • Eggplant: 1 lb.
  •  Zucchini or summer squash: 1 lb.
  •  Olive oil: 4-6 Tbsp. (divided)
  • Salt: 1 tsp.
  • Mashed garlic: 2 cloves
  • Yellow onions: About 1 1/2 cups or 1/2 lb. (thinly sliced)
  • Salt & Pepper: to taste
  • Green peppers: 2 (about 1 cup, sliced)
  • Minced parsley: 3 Tbsp.
  • Red tomatoes: 1 lb. (Make sure they are ripe, firm, seeded, peeled, and juiced!)
  • Note: If you are using canned tomatoes, you will need about 1 1/2 cups.


  • Peel and cut the eggplant. Make sure you cut eggplant into lengthwise slices that are about 1-inch wide, 3-inch long, and 3/8-inch thick. Scrub the summer squash and cut into pieces the same size as eggplant. Take a bowl and put the vegetables into it. Toss the vegetables with one teaspoon salt.
    Julia Child, National Women's History Month, Food Porn Friday

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    Set them aside for 30 minutes. Drain every slice and dry with a towel.

  • Take a skillet and put four tablespoons of olive oil into it. Sauté the summer squash and eggplant, one layer at a time, for about one minute until the vegetables are slightly browned. Take them out into a dish.
  • Cook pepper and onions in the same skillet. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil if needed. Cook the vegetables for 10 minutes until they are tender. Add the garlic and season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  • Take the tomatoes and slice its pulp into 3/8-inch strips. Layer the tomatoes over pepper and onions, and season them with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet and let the vegetables cook for about 5 minutes on a low heat until the tomatoes start to render their juice. Check the seasoning and raise the heat. Boil the vegetables in the tomato juice until the juice evaporates entirely.
  • Take a casserole, about 2½-inch deep, and put 1/3 of the tomato mixture into it. Sprinkle the freshly minced parsley over tomatoes. Next, arrange half of the summer squash and eggplant on top. Layer the remaining tomatoes and parsley. Put the remaining summer squash and eggplant, and finish off with the rest of tomatoes and parsley.
  • Cover the casserole and put it on a low heat. Let everything simmer for about 10 minutes. Check it after 10 minutes, and season it if necessary. Raise the heat a little and cook everything for 15 minutes uncovered. Cook until all the juices evaporate. Be very careful about the heat. Avoid the vegetables getting scorch at the bottom of casserole.

Take it out, and serve!

Celebrating Chef Julia Child on #FoodPornFriday during #NationalWomensHistoryMonth!

Celebrating Colonel Carmen Amelia Robles during National Women’s History Month

Carmen Amelia Robles, National Women's History Month, Mexican Revolution

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Colonel Carmen Amelia Robles (born Amelia Robles Ávila, November 3, 1889 – December 9, 1984), an Afro Mexican woman was a leader in the Mexican Revolution who fought alongside Emiliano Zapata. General Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution who made alliances with battalions of Afro-Mexicans. These battalions included Afro-Mexican widows from Guerrero who also became soldiers.

Robles adopted a male identity not as a survival strategy but because of a strong desire to be a man. She dressed like a man of the times and assumed a more masculine stature fighting alongside men as did many women during this period. According to legend, she participated in many battles and could shoot her pistol with her right hand while holding her cigar in her left. Her male identity was accepted by family, society, and the Mexican government, and Robles lived as a man from the age of 24 until death.

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According to a former neighbor, if anyone called Robles a woman or “Doña”, Robles would threaten them with a pistol. Robles met Angela Torres in Apipilulco in the 1930’s. They later married and adopted a daughter together, named Regula Robles Torres. On his deathbed, Robles requested to receive honors for his military service and to be dressed as a woman in order to commend his soul to God. His death certificate noted that he lost his ability to speak before he died.

Based on the amount of information we were able to extract about Colonel Carmen Amelia Robles, it is evident that Robles was unorthodox, although not an unusual trendsetter for the LGBTQ movement of the 20th century.

Happy #NationalWomensHistoryMonth!

A Look at Lois Weber, America’s First Woman Filmmaker

We continue to celebrate National Women’s History Month with our spotlight on Lois Weber. Lois Weber (June 13, 1879 – November 13, 1939) whose birth name is Florence Pietz is known as America’s first woman filmmaker. She began her career working as an actress alongside her husband, Phillips Smalley after the two had worked together in the theatre. They began working in motion pictures around 1907, often billed under the collective title “The Smalleys.” In 1913 she began directing films. She is the first American woman to direct a full-length feature, the Rex production of The Merchant of Venice in 1914.

Lois Weber, Female Film Director

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By 1916, Weber worked at Universal and was one of the highest paid directors in the world. She formed her own production company in 1917, and her career flourished until the early 1920’s. Lois’ films focused on serious, controversial issues like birth control and abortion, which brought her into constant conflict with distributors. She directed over 100 films but sadly is a forgotten pioneer in the Hollywood motion picture and film industry. Today we remember her as we celebrate the life and contributions of Lois Weber.

Happy #NationalWomensHistoryMonth

A Dance with Maria Tallchief, First Native American Prima Ballerina

Maria Tallchief, Native American Prima Ballerina, National Women's History Month

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Breaking barriers in the ballet is the reason why we are spotlighting Maria Tallchief in celebration of National Women’s History Month. Maria Tallchief was a revolutionary American ballerina who broke barriers for Native American women and became the first Native American woman (Osage Tribe) to become a prima ballerina. Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Tall Chief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa) was the first American to dance at the Paris Opera and has danced with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Ballet Russe, and the Balanchine Ballet Society, later renamed the New York City Ballet.

Maria Tallchief, Native American Prima Ballerina, Dancer

Photograph: AY Owen/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Maria Tallchief donning a headdress in 1953, the year she was honored by the state of Oklahoma.

She was a world-renowned ballerina and one of the premiere (first-ranking) American ballerinas of all time. In addition to wide fame, Tallchief earned strong reviews from critics for her technical precision, musicality, and strength. In 1996, Tallchief was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and became one of only five artists to receive the Kennedy Center Honors for their artistic contributions in the United States.

In 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, which is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government. Such recognition honors individuals who “are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.”

Celebrating female pioneers during #NationalWomensHistoryMonth!

Food Porn Friday: Jerk Spiced Grits with Spicy Tomato Shrimp Gravy

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Chef B. (Barbara) Smith

Today on Food Porn Friday, as we celebrate National Women’s History Month, we are featuring a mouthwatering recipe from the cookbook of one of our beloved chefs, B. Smith. She became a lifestyle icon thanks to her contemporary Southern cookbooks,  with three iconic restaurants, and working as an advocate for healthy living. Smith became a culinary ambassador for the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership in 2012 and worked with Ready Pac to bring culturally diverse food to the Armed Forces.

Smith made history by becoming the first black model to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. We are featuring this favorite southern recipe with shrimp and grits, coming from her cookbook, B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style.


Spicy Tomato Shrimp Gravy
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup seafood broth or stock, or bottled clam juice
One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
Drained, liquid reserved and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

In a large saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, celery, and bell pepper until softened about 7 minutes.
Add the broth, tomatoes, and reserved tomato liquid, and bring to boil.
Add the Old Bay Seasoning, black pepper, and cayenne; simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the shrimp, basil, and parley, and simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened and the shrimp is just cooked through about 5-8 minutes.

Jerk-Spiced Grits
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock or broth
1 1/2 tablespoons dried jerk seasoning or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking grits
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 pound garlic herb cheese spread, such as Boursin Light
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Finely chopped scallions, for garnish

In a medium saucepan. Bring the stock, jerk seasoning, and salt to boil. Slowly stir in the grits. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened
Add the butter and cheese, stirring until melted. Add the parsley and stir to blend. Served immediately, garnished with chopped scallions.

Bon Appetit!

Happy #NationalWomensHistoryMonth on #FoodPornFriday!

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