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Selma Lagerlöf Dies

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish author and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Born on November 20, 1858 in western Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf had a hip injury early in life, which led to sickness and left her lame in both legs. She loved reading and eventually worked as a school teacher when she came of age. After winning a publishing contract for Gösta Berling’s Saga, she gave up teaching for good to focus on her writing career.

Lagerlöf won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909; she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and become a member of the academy. She was most known for Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventure of Nils), a children’s book. She was an integral part of women’s rights in Sweden and the women’s suffrage movement.

Selma Lagerlöf died on March 16, 1940 at the age of 81.

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Janet Reno Becomes First Female Attorney General

On March 11, 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as Attorney General of the United States of America.

This date was a monumental occasion for women’s history as it marked the first time a woman would serve at the Attorney General position. Reno was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and she remained in office until 2001, becoming the second longest serving Attorney General behind William Wirt.

During her tenure as Attorney General, Reno focused on the following issues: launching programs for alternative punishment for one-time offenders and harsher punishments for repeat offenders, keeping children away from gangs, drugs, and violence, and equal opportunity reform to ensure rights for all Americans.

Sources: Wikipedia, WIC.org

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