April 20

Events in Women’s History

Billie Holiday c. 1947, William Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress (source)

Billie Holiday c. 1947, William Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress (source)

1908 – In Denmark, women win the right to vote in municipal elections. They can not vote in national elections until 5 June 1915.

1939 – Billie Holiday records the Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit”, a poem written by Abel Meeropol exposing American racism and lynching of African Americans.

2008 – Danica Patrick becomes the first woman in history to win an Indy car race when she wins the Indy Japan 300.


Saint Rose of Lima by Claudio Coello (source)

Saint Rose of Lima by Claudio Coello (source)

1586 – Rose of Lima, Spanish colonist in Peru, lay person of the Dominican Order, known for her care of the needy, canonized by the Roman Catholic Church April 12, 1671 (d. 1617)

1826 – Dinah Craik, British author and poet, known as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik (d. 1887)

1884 – Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, member of both the British Royal family and the Spanish Royal family as granddaughter of Queen victoria and wife of Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón, Infante of Spain, respectively (d. 1966)

1916 – Nasiba Zeynalova, Azerbaijani actress, People’s Artist of Azerbaijan, known for her comedy roles (d. 2004)

1921 – Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress, Companion of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec

1923 – Mother Angelica, American Franciscan nun and broadcaster, founder Eternal Word Television Network

1923 – Irene Lieblich, Polish-born painter and illustrator, Holocaust survivor, known for illustrating the books of Isaac Bashevis Singer (d. 2008)

1947 – Rita Dionne-Marsolais, Canadian economist and politician from Quebec


Elizabeth Barton by A. Tresham (source)

Elizabeth Barton by A. Tresham (source)

1534 – Elizabeth Barton, English nun, known by other names including “The Nun of Kent” and “The Holy Maid of Kent”, executed because of her prophecies against the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (b. 1506)

1935 – Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, British fashion designer (b. 1863)

2010 – Dorothy Height, American educator, administrator and activist, president of the National Council of Negro Women, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal (b. 1912)

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