July 29th Was A Good Day For Trailblazing Women To Be Born

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Meet Diana, Mary, Nancy and Elizabeth… four women who all share the same birthday and the same pioneering spirit.


July 29, 1903 (1989) – Diana Vreeland, legendary fashion icon, born in Paris, columnist (1936) and then fashion editor at “Harper’s Bazaar” until 1962, editor in chief at “Vogue” from 1962 to 1971.

“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.” – Diana Vreeland

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The true gold standard of fashion and style credibility, Mrs. Vreeland is responsible for launching many iconic careers, establishing countless trends that have stood the test of time, and bringing an unprecedented and incontrovertible perspective to the fashion world that has scarcely been seen since.  – See more at: http://www.dianavreeland.com/page/About/#sthash.D4o9hBWJ.dpuf

July 29, 1905 (1994) – Mary Roebling, “Banker in high heels,” first woman president of a major bank (1937), first woman governor of the American Stock Exchange (1958-1962), and helped establish the first nationally-chartered bank founded by women (1978)

“I did nothing but work. I made work my hobby. I was lucky that way.”- Mary Roebling

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July 29, 1932 – Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, U.S. senator from Kansas (1978-1997), first woman to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate, first woman ever elected to a full term in the Senate without her husband having previously served in Congress, and the second woman elected to a U.S. Senate seat without it being held first by her husband, nor appointed to complete a deceased husband’s term, instrumental in creation of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

“I’m not a person who particularly seeks power, but I don’t avoid it when I feel I can use it to accomplish a good result.” – Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

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July 29, 1936 – Elizabeth H. Dole, U.S. Senator from North Carolina (2003-2009), first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation (1983-1987)*, also served as U.S. Secretary of Labor (1989-1990), becoming the first woman to hold two different cabinet positions under two different presidents, and she was also president of the American Red Cross (1991-1999) – only the second woman to serve as the organization’s president since Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881

* As Secretary of Transportation, she worked to ensure the enactment of the 21-year old drinking age. She also issued a landmark regulation which is credited with widespread enactment of the first state safety belt laws and air bags in cars. These three actions have saved nearly 400,000 lives to date.

“Women share with men the need for personal success, even the taste of power, and no longer are we willing to satisfy those needs through the achievements of surrogates, whether husbands, children, or merely role models.” – Elizabeth H. Dole

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Biographical Source: The National Women’s History Project

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