Women Rule! - September 20, 2014

This is a big day for women. In 1884, the National Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, California. Suffragette, attorney, educator, and author Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood was the second woman to run for President of the United States (after Victoria Woodhull in 1872).

In 1953, The Loretta Young Show first aired. The beloved actress won three Emmys and was nominated five more times for the show. Throughout her career, she won two Golden Globes (and was nominated a third time), and received two Oscar nominations. She won for The Farmer’s Daughter in 1948.

Twenty years later, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match. Former champ Riggs claimed that, at the age of 55, he could beat any female tennis player. Twenty-nine-year-old King proved him woefully wrong.

Finally, September 20 marks the birthdays of two of our favorite actresses: Anne Meara turns 85 and Sophia Loren celebrates her 80th! 

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood

Loretta Young

Loretta Young

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Anne Meara

Anne Meara

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren


How many Emmy nominations has Anne Meara received?

a) two

b) three

c) four

d) five

Answer below!


Comedy team Stiller and Meara perform on The Carol Burnett Show in 1972.


I am, and always have been a progressive woman, and while never directly attacking the conventionalities of society, have always done, or attempted to do those things which I have considered conducive to my health, convenience or emolument.

~Belva Ann Lockwood


A charming woman doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself.

~Loretta Young


Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.

~Billie Jean King


Mistakes are a part of the dues one pays for a full life.

~Sophia Loren



Despite Sophia Loren’s voluptuous figure as an adult, she was an unremarkable, skinny child nicknamed “The Stick” and “Toothpick.”


c) Meara has been nominated for four Emmys: in 1976, 1981, 1982, and 1997.