Wednesday, April 25, 2007

On April 25, ...

...1990, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (left), publisher of the newspaper La Prensa, was sworn in as the 1st woman President of Nicaragua, a post she would hold for 7 years.
...1945, members of 50 nation-states convened for a San Francisco Conference that would end with the June adoption of the Charter of the United Nations. Participants included Jessie Street, the only woman on the Australian delegation, a founder of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, and, according to Dr. Lenore Coltheart, 1 of a group of women responsible for Art. 8 of the Charter: "The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs." (May 1945 photo of Street addressing conference courtesy of National Library of Australia)

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