April 11

Events in Women’s History

Engraving of King William III and Queen Mary II c. 1700, R. White engraver (source)

Engraving of King William III and Queen Mary II c. 1700, R. White engraver (source)

1689 – William III and Mary II are crowned co-rulers of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1881 – Spelman College is founded as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Founded as an institute of higher education for African-American women, it received its collegiate charter in 1924.

1916 – Annie Besant establishes the Home Rule League in India. She was the head of the Theosophical Society of India.

Births

Marguerite of Navarre c. 1530 by Jean Clouet (source)

Marguerite of Navarre c. 1530 by Jean Clouet (source)

1492Marguerite de Navarre, Queen consort of Navarre as wife of Henry II, sister of Francis I, King of France (d. 1549)

1864 – Lizzie Plummer Bliss, American art collector and patron of the arts, instrumental in the founding of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (d. 1931)

1865 – Mary White Ovington, American suffragist, journalist and co-founder of the NAACP (d. 1951)

1869 – Kasturba Gandhi, Indian activist for civil rights and Indian independence, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (d. 1944)

1908 – Jane Bolin, American lawyer and judge, first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, join the New York City Bar Association, join the New York City Law Department, and serve as a judge in the United States (d. 2007)

Deaths

Gemma Galgani c. 1901 (source)

Gemma Galgani c. 1901 (source)

1903 – Gemma Galgani, Italian mystic and saint, canonized in the Roman Catholic Church in 1940 (b. 1878)

1947 – Louise Peete, American murderer; she left a string of suicides and murders behind her before being executed in 1947. (b. 1880)

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