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The World's Greatest Music
One hundred years ago, suffragette Emily Davison died after she stepped out in front of the King's horse at the Epsom Derby. But how have things changed for women in classical music over the past century?
In 1914, American violinist Mary Davenport-Engberg (1880–1951) reportedly became the first woman to conduct a symphony orchestra in the United States – in Bellingham, Washington. From 1921 until 1924 she was music director of the Seattle Civic Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra she founded for the purpose of developing local students as players for the Seattle Symphony.
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