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Women's History Wednesday: Spotlight- Charlotte Cooper

In winning the women’s tennis singles title at Paris 1900, Charlotte Cooper became the first female athlete to win Olympic gold in an individual event. A record breaker Charlotte Cooper was one of the great women’s tennis champions of the late 19th-century, a time when the ladies’ game was played in long dresses. A member of the Ealing Lawn Tennis Club, Cooper won her first Wimbledon singles title in 1895, aged 25, and would go on to repeat the feat on four further occasions. She was a wife and a mother by the time she won the last of those titles, in 1908, when she became the oldest winner of the prestigious tournament at the age of 37 years and 296 days, a record that stands to this day. H

Woman's History Wednesday: Spotlight - Elizabeth Keckley

Elizabeth Keckley was a well-known modiste or dressmaker, a confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, a philanthropist, and an author. She was born a slave in Dinwiddie Court-House, Virginia around 1818. In 1855, Keckley purchased her and her son’s freedom for $1,200 by using the seamstress skills that her mother had taught her and by gaining the support of her well-connected clients. In 1860, Keckley moved to Washington D.C. Although she was required to have a license from the mayor to remain there, the resourceful Keckley obtained one with the assistance of friends. One of the first women she worked for as a modiste was Varina Davis, the wife of then-U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. Kec

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