SPOTLIGHT ON: NEW YORK CITY WOMEN'S HISTORY
The U.S. Congress designated March as Women's History Month in
1978. In honor of this occasion, here are short profiles of two women
who contributed much to New York City and beyond.
Leona Baumgartner was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Health
in 1954, the first woman to serve in this position. Born in Chicago around
1903, she attended medical school at Yale University. Baumgartner joined
the New York City Health Department in 1937. Among her accomplishments
were revising the city's Health Code, promoting the Salk polio
vaccine and getting the city's water supply fluoridated for better
dental health. Dr. Baumgartner also served as head of the Office of Human
Resources and Development in the Foreign Aid Agency during the term of
President John F. Kennedy. She published numerous articles in periodicals
varying from McCall's to Public Health Reports and died in 1991.
Further biographical information such as clippings, reprints of some
of her articles and reports issued during her tenure at the Department
of Health can be found in the City Hall Library collection.
Constance Baker Motley was an African-American lawyer who worked on
such pioneering civil rights cases as Brown v. Board of Education, which
ended school segregation by race in 1954. Judge Motley served as a New
York State Senator from 1964 to 1965. In 1965, she became the first woman
to be elected Manhattan Borough President. Judge Motley achieved another
milestone in 1966. She was the first African-American woman to be appointed
to a federal judgeship. Her autobiography Equal Justice Under Law recounts
her life story, groundbreaking work in the civil rights movement and
her experiences as a federal judge. Judge Motley passed away in September
2005. Further information can be located in the biographical clippings
files in the City Hall Library.
Learn more about these women and many others who contributed to New
York City life and history by exploring the diverse resources available
in the City Hall Library.
ACQUISITIONS LIST, FEBRUARY 2006
The following publications were received by the City Hall Library
in the month of February. Additional government publications
can be found online in our Government
Brennan Center for Justice. Economic Justice Project.
Do New Yorkers know the minimum wage? Results from a spot survey of employers
and workers in New York City. February 2006.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
New York State profile - Winter 2005: New York's job picture
has remained favorable.... Washington: 2005.
Hardesty & Hanover, LLP.
Willis Avenue Bridge reconstruction: final environmental impact statement.
New York City's commercial waste hauling fleets: an opportunity
for New York City to ensure cleaner quieter waste collection operations.
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Empire Center for New York
Taxes and consequences: the Gotham STAMP 2006 Computable General Equilibrium
Model. December 2005.
The Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, Inc.
Rapid rip-offs: tax refund anticipation lending in New York City. March
N.Y. City. City Planning, Department of.
Consolidated plan 2006, effective as of December 30, 2005. 3v.
N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the New York Yankees rental credits for the first quarter
of 2005 (January 1-March 31, 2005). (Report no. 7692) February
N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the use of procurement cards by the Department of Parks
and Recreation. (Report no. 7693) February 8, 2006.
N.Y. City. Mayor.
Mayor's management report. Fiscal 2006 preliminary. February 2006.
N.Y. City. Public Advocate.
A mother's right to know: New York City hospitals fail to provide
legally mandated maternity information. July 2005.
New York State Citizen Review Panels.
Annual report, January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2004. The Family Violence
Education and Research Center, School of Social Welfare, State University
of New York at Stony Brook, 2005.
New York State Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services.
2005 report and recommendations. Albany: c/o Schuyler Center for Analysis
and Advocacy, 2005.
N.Y. State. Comptroller.
Review of the financial plan of the City of New York. February 2006.
N.Y. State. Comptroller.
Status report: the progress of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's
capital security program. March 2006.
Getting it right: strategies for after-school success. New York: September
Launching literacy in after-school programs: early lessons from CORAL
initiative. Philadelphia: December 2005.
Necessity or choice? Why people drive in Manhattan. Prepared for Transportation
Alternatives. February 2006.
U.S. Small Business Administration.
Audit of SBA's administration of the Supplemental Terrorist Activity
Relief Loan Program. Washington: December 23, 2005.
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