August 10

Events in Women’s History

1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


Madeleine of Valois by Corneille de Lyon

Madeleine of Valois by Corneille de Lyon (source)

1439 – Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter, eldest child of Richard Plantagenet and Cecily Neville, sister of kings Edward IV and Richard III (d. 1476)

1520Madeleine of Valois, Queen of Scots as first wife of James V; she died less than a year after her marriage and is sometimes referred to as the “Summer Queen.” (d. 1537)

1858 – Anna Julia Cooper, American scholar, author, educator and lecturer; one of the earliest African American women to earn a PhD, which she received from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924. (d. 1964)

1894 – Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca, American labor organizer and activist, organizer for Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and New York’s branch of the American Labor Party (d. 1946)

1902 – Norma Shearer, Canadian actress, known for playing sexually liberated women in the pre-code era of cinema, recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Divorcee (d. 1983)

1924 – Nancy Buckingham, British novelist, Chair  and vice-president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association

1926 – Marie-Claire Alain, French organist and educator, known for her long recording career

1933 – Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, British judge, first woman to serve as Lord Justice of Appeal

1941 – Anita Lonsbrough, British athlete, medalist in swimming events in the 1960 Olympics, European Championships and British Empire and Commonwealth Games

1941 – Susan Dorothea White, Australian painter, sculptor and author of Draw Like Da Vinci


Aletta Jacobs, 1915, Chicago Daily News (source)

Aletta Jacobs, 1915, Chicago Daily News (source)

1929 – Aletta Jacobs, Dutch physician, psychologist and suffragist, first woman to complete a university degree and become a physician in the Netherlands (b. 1854)

1951 – Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor, a labor organizer and activist in American socialist and communist movements (b. 1862)

1961 – Julia Peterkin, American author, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Scarlet Sister Mary as well as the O. Henry Award for two of her short stories (b. 1880)

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