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What's new: September 2020

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, with a focus on the fields of science and medicine. It includes pediatrician, public health activist, and feminist Helen Rodríguez-Trías; cardiovascular surgeon and medical educator Michael E. DeBakey; nuclear physicist Herbert York; electrical engineer and computer pioneer J. Eckert Presper; and Grace Eldering, public health leader and bacteriologist who co-developed the pertussis vaccine.

Helen Rodríguez-Trías

Helen Rodríguez-Trías (1929–2001) was a pediatrician who became internationally recognized leader in feminism, women’s health, and reproductive rights. She achieved extraordinary professional success while tenaciously challenging policies that she thought failed to address the needs of women, nonwhite people, and subjects of U.S. colonialism.

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

What's new: September 2020

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, with a focus on the fields of science and medicine. It includes pediatrician, public health activist, and feminist Helen Rodríguez-Trías; cardiovascular surgeon and medical educator Michael E. DeBakey; nuclear physicist Herbert York; electrical engineer and computer pioneer J. Eckert Presper; and Grace Eldering, public health leader and bacteriologist who co-developed the pertussis vaccine.

AUGUST 27, 2020

What's new: August 2020

Turn to our August release to read the entries of 28 additional suffragists that were specifically commissioned to honor the centennial, with a second batch set to be released in the coming months. These suffrage profiles shift the focus away from the national leadership to the states and localities, providing a wider geographical sweep as well as documenting the contributions of rank-and-file activists. See what Grace Wilbur Trout was doing in Illinois, Ellen Clark Sargent in California, Susan Walker Fitzgerald in Massachusetts, Edna Fischel Gellhorn in Missouri, and Cora Smith Eaton King in Washington. They also represent our commitment to documenting the contributions of African American women to the suffrage movement. Women like Lethia Cousins Fleming, Hester Jeffrey, and Gertrude Bustill Mosell demonstrate how advocacy for the vote was always part of a larger agenda of improving conditions for the African American community at large.

JULY 23, 2020

What's new: July 2020

The July 2020 update features seven new biographies. The history of American sports is represented by pathbreaking golfer and golf course designer Alice Dye; longtime sportscaster Dick Enberg; Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian; and pro football hall of famer Y. A. Tittle. The update also includes radio and television broadcaster Ben Grauer; film producer Harriet Parsons; and actor and playwright Sam Shepard.

 

Stay tuned for a special update celebrating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Ratified August 26, 1920, the Amendment prohibited denying women the right to vote based on their sex. The update, which goes live on August 27, features new biographies of more than twenty overlooked suffragists.