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5 Fun Facts About March 8 In Pennsylvania History

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1. Pennsylvania celebrated its first International Women's Day on March 8, 1914, just one year after the day was established by the International Women's Socialist Congress in Copenhagen.

2. The Pennsylvania Women's Suffrage Association used International Women's Day as a platform to advocate for women's right to vote. In 1915, Pennsylvania became the seventh state to grant women full suffrage.

3. On March 8, 1945, the Pennsylvania State Police was the first state law enforcement agency to hire a woman as a trooper. Elizabeth Jones joined the force after completing the same training as her male counterparts.

4. In 1965, two nuns from Pittsburgh, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller and Sister Mary Bernardine Hauke, became the first women to earn a PhD in computer science. They went on to pioneer software development and computer education for women.

5. March 8 is celebrated as National Agriculture Day, and Pennsylvania is a leader in agricultural production. The state ranks first in the nation for production of mushrooms, and is in the top 10 for production of apples, chicken eggs, and dairy products.
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