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Happy Birthday Fannie!

“I certainly feel that the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of ones education. Then mankind will eat to live, be able to do better mental and physical work and disease will be less frequent.”

Fannie Merritt Farmer (23 March 1857 – 15 January 1915) was an American culinary expert whose Boston Cooking-School Cook Book became a widely used culinary text.

Fannie Farmer was born in Boston, to Mary Watson Merritt and John Franklin Farmer, an editor and printer. Although she was the oldest of four daughters, born in a family that highly valued education and that expected young Fannie to go to college, she suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16 while attending Medford High School. Fannie could not continue her formal academic education; for several years, she was unable to walk and remained in her parents’ care at home. During this time, Farmer took up cooking, eventually turning her mother’s home into a boarding house that developed a reputation for the quality of the meals it served.

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For many children living in poverty their birthdays are just another day. You can change that! Every child deserves a memorable birthday and you can help to make it happen. Be the change that you want to see in the world! Details and “how to” here

Happy Birthday Lucy!

“.. it is the greatest of all mistakes to begin life with the expectation that it is going to be easy, or with the wish to have it so.”

Lucy Larcom (March 5, 1824 – April 17, 1893) was an American poet and author.

Larcom was born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1824 as the ninth of ten children. Her father died when she was eight years old, causing her mother to become a boardinghouse keeper to bring in income for the family. At age eleven in 1835 she left home to work in cotton mills in Lowell as a doffer, hoping to earn some extra money for her family.

She made a huge impact during her 10 years there; she wrote many songs, poems, and letters describing the mill-girl life, and got them published, and her idealistic poems caught the attention of John Greenleaf Whittier. She served as a model for the change in women’s roles in society.

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For many children living in poverty their birthdays are just another day. You can change that! Every child deserves a memorable birthday and you can help to make it happen. Be the change that you want to see in the world! Details and “how to” here

Happy Birthday Susan!

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. Independence is happiness..”

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.

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For many children living in poverty their birthdays are just another day. You can change that! Every child deserves a memorable birthday and you can help to make it happen. Be the change that you want to see in the world! Details and “how to” here

Happy Birthday Oprah!

“Turn your wounds into wisdom”

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. Several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.

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For many children living in poverty their birthdays are just another day. You can change that! Every child deserves a memorable birthday and you can help to make it happen. Be the change that you want to see in the world! Details and “how to” here

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