We want to share some big news: we have decided to step down as Co-Presidents of the National Women’s Law Center on July 1, and we’re thrilled that the Board of Directors has named Fatima Goss Graves the Center’s new President and CEO. We are so pleased with her selection and know that the Center will be in superb hands with such an experienced and savvy leader to meet the challenges ahead.
Fatima, who is likely familiar to you as our Senior Vice President for Program, has a deep commitment to the issues that matter most to women and girls and has dedicated her career to advancing women’s opportunity and equality. She is a brilliant lawyer, a strategic advocate, and an inspiring role model. In this critical moment, with unprecedented assaults on the rights and economic security of women and families, our Board is confident she is the right leader for the Center, and we are delighted to have her as our successor.
We have enormous pride in all of the Center’s accomplishments over the last 45 years and have been honored to work with you to achieve them. Together, we have won critical legal protections to help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in their communities.
We are especially thankful for our extraordinary Board and staff, who have been with us every step of the way. We are also grateful for the support of our terrific community of activists, donors, and volunteers over the years. You are so much a part of the Center’s success, and we are honored to have worked alongside you. Your strength, coupled with Fatima’s leadership and vision for the future, ensures that the Center will be ready to face the challenges ahead and continue to break barriers for women and girls.
1570 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
1751 – Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the U.S.
1791 – First Bank of the United States (The President, Directors and Company, of the Bank of the United States) was chartered by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Washington.
1836 – Samuel Colt received U.S. Patent No. 138 (later 9430X) for a “revolving-cylinder pistol.” It was his first patent.
1901 – The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
1919 – The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
1930 – The bank check photographing device was patented.
1933 – The aircraft carrier Ranger was launched. It was the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier.
1837 – Thomas Davenport patented the first commercial electrical motor. There was no practical electical distribution system available and Davenport went bankrupt.
1940 – The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
1948 – Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
1950 – “Your Show of Shows” debuted on NBC.
1956 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
1972 – Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorists who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
1986 – Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
1999 – William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
1999 – In Moscow, China’s Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin discussed trade and other issues.
2000 – In Albany, NY, a jury acquitted four New York City police officers of second-degree murder and lesser charges in the February 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo.
2005 – Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.