April 7

Events in Women’s History

Empress Matilda from "History of England" by St. Albans monks, 15th c. (source)

Empress Matilda from “History of England” by St. Albans monks, 15th c. (source)

1141Empress Matilda begins her short reign as first female ruler of England. She is sometimes called Maude or “Lady of the English.”


Flora Tristan (source)

Flora Tristan (source)

1803 – Flora Tristan, French author, socialist and feminist; her works include Peregrinations of a Pariah and The Workers’ Union (d. 1844)

1872Marie Equi, American physician, lesbian, abortion provider, suffragist, and labor activist; she spoke against US involvement in WWI and was imprisoned under the Sedition Act for a three-year term; she was recognized by Theodore Roosevelt for her services during the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. (d. 1952)

1889 – Gabriela Mistral, pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, Chilean poet, diplomat and educator, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945 (d. 1957)

1895 – Margarete Schön, German stage and film actress (d. 1985)

1915 – Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan), American jazz singer, songwriter and actress (d. 1959)

1937 – Eleanor Holmes Norton, member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia

1941 – Cornelia Frances, Australian actress


Theda Bara c. 1910 (source)

Theda Bara c. 1910 (source)

1955 – Theda Bara, American silent film actress, known for her femme fatale roles, nicknamed “The Vamp” (b. 1885)

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  1. • April 7, 1987 – Opening of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the first museum devoted to women artists

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