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Summer 2020 Woman of the Week posts: August 2020

Mary Jane Patterson (August 3)

Above photo: Infographic depicting the information about Mary Jane Patterson written in this post.  Mary Jane Patterson, OC Class of 1862  Born into slavery in Raleigh, North Carolina, Patterson devoted her life to educating herself and others.  Born September 12, 1840; Died September 2, 1894  Patterson was born into slavery, but moved to Oberlin, Ohio in 1856 with her family  A.B., Oberlin College, 1862  Taught in Chillicothe, Ohio upon graduation  Served as assistant to Fanny Jackson Coppin at Philadelphia’s Institute for Colored Youth  Increased enrollment at the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth from 50 to 172 students during her administration  MAJOR MILESTONES  1862- First African American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree  1871- Served as the first Black principal of Preparatory High School for Colored Youth, now Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.   1892- Co-founded the Colored Women’s League of Washington D.C.

Anna Julia Cooper (August 10)

Above photo: Infographic depicting the information about Anna Julia Cooper written in this post.  Anna Julia Cooper, OC Class of 1884  Cooper was born Anna Julia Haywood in Raleigh, North Carolina. Enslaved at birth, she became a prominent scholar, author, educator, and activist.  Born August 10, 1858; Died February 27, 1964  Cooper was born into slavery in Raleigh, North Carolina  A.B., Oberlin College, 1884; M.A., Oberlin College, 1887; Ph.D., University of Paris, 1924  Taught Latin and served as principal at M Street High School in Washington, D.C.   Author of A Voice From the South and Slavery and the French Revolutionists (1788-1805)  Served as both president and registrar for Frelinghuysen University  MAJOR MILESTONES  1892- Co-founded the Colored Women’s League of Washington, D.C.  1893- Became the only woman elected to the American Negro Academy  1924- Became the fourth Black woman in America to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy


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Coloring book page of Anna Julia Cooper Black History postage stamp

Katherine Wright Haskell (August 17)

Above photo: Infographic depicting the information about Katharine Wright Haskell written in this post.  Katharine Wright Haskell, OC Class of 1898  Born in Dayton, Ohio, Wright Haskell may be best known as the younger sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, but she also accomplished many things independently.   Born August 19, 1874; Died March 3, 1929  A.B., Oberlin College, 1898  The only member of the famous Wright siblings to earn a college degree  Taught Latin and English at the Dayton Steele High School  Managed the Wright Cycle Co. bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio  Received the Legion d’honneur, the highest French order of merit for military and civic achievements  MAJOR MILESTONES  1909- Accompanied her brothers to France to act as a translator and frequently represented them at public events  1914- Organized a march for women’s suffrage in Dayton, Ohio, which drew 1,300 supporters  1924- Became one of the first women to serve on Oberlin College’s board of trustees



Willa Beatrice Player (August 24)