April 23

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Joan of France by Jehan Perréal c. 1530 (source)

Joan of France by Jehan Perréal c. 1530 (source)

1464Joan of France, Duchess of Berry, briefly Queen of France as wife of King Louis XII, founder of the Order of the sisters of the Annunciation of Mary, canonized by the Roman Catholic Church May 28, 1950 (d. 1505)

1797 – Penina Moise, American poet, known for hymns written for Jewish religious services especially the book Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (d. 1880)

1858 – Dame Ethel Smyth, British composer and women’s suffrage activist, known for her composition of the Women’s Social and Political Union’s anthem The March of the Women (d. 1944)

1872 – Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British pianist and harpsichordist, first to record and broadcast harpsichord music (d. 1951)

1887 – Pauline Morton Sabin, American social and political activist, founder of the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform (d. 1955)

1895 – Dame Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author and director, known for crime fiction and the creation of detective Roderick Alleyn, one of the “Queens of Crime” (d. 1982)

1913 – Diosa Costello, Puerto Rician-born American actress and singer, first Latina on Broadway with her debut in Too Many Girls in 1939 (d. 2013)

1928 – Shirley Temple Black, American diplomat, film and television actress, singer, and dancer, former United States Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia

1938 – Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki, Indian singer, known as S. Janaki primarily for playback singing in a number of Indian languages, recipient of many awards including four National Film Awards


Teresa de la Parra c. 1920 (source)

Teresa de la Parra c. 1920 (source)

1151 – Adeliza of Louvain, Queen consort of England as the second wife of Henry I (b. 1103)

1307 – Joan of Acre, Countess of Hertford and Countess of Gloucester as wife of Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Gloucester, daughter of Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castile, born while they were on a crusade (b. 1272)

1702 – Margaret Fell, or Margaret Fox, English religious leader, a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, one of the “Valiant Sixty” of Quaker preachers and missionaries (b. 1614)

1936 – Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan author, known for her novel Iphigenia: Diary of a young lady who wrote because she was bored, published in 1924 (b. 1889)

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2 thoughts on “April 23

  1. Marriage of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. Significant because Margaret was such an important player in English politics.

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