August 14

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any specific events in women’s history for today. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Letitia Elizabeth Landon by Maclise (source)

Letitia Elizabeth Landon by Maclise (source)

1473 – Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, one of two women in the 16th century to be a peeress in her own right, executed by command of Henry VIII, beatified as a martyr in the Roman Catholic Church (d. 1541)

1727 – Royal twin sisters, Louise Élisabeth (d. 1759) and Henriette of France, daughters of Louis XV and Maria Leszczyńska (d. 1752)

1802 – Letitia Elizabeth Landon, British author and poet, known primarily by her initials L.E.L., popular in the 19th century with admirers such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti (d. 1838)

1859 – May Dickson Exall, American civic leader, founder of the Dallas Public Library (d. 1936)

1882 – Gisela Richter, British archaeologist,  historian and professor, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women, author of many popular books on art (d. 1972)

1887 – Marija Leiko, Latvian silent film actress; in 1935, she joined the Latvian State Theatre in Moscow and was subsequently arrested and executed on charges of conspiracy; she was “posthumously rehabilitated in absence of a crime.” (d. 1937)

1899 – Evelyn Kozak, American supercentenarian who at the age of 113 years was the world’s oldest living Jewish person until her death June 11, 2013

1901 – Alice Rivaz, Swiss author and feminist, known for writing about women in art and the family including Nuages dans la main (Clouds in your Hands) and Jette ton pain (Cast your Bread) (d. 1998)

1909 – Winifred Stanley, American lawyer and politician; as a member of the United States House of Representatives in the 1940s, she was the first to propose equal pay for equal work in HR 5056. (d. 1996)

1926 – Lina Wertmüller, Italian writer and director, the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing with the film Seven Beauties.


1891 – Sarah Childress Polk, First Lady of the United States as wife of James K. Polk; politically astute, she assisted her husband in his campaigns, with speeches and advice on policy. (b. 1803)

1909 – Sarah Ann Hackett Stevenson, American physician, first female member of the American Medical Association (b. 1841)

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Sarah Childress Polk

Sarah Childress Polk, Official White House portrait (source)

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  1. AUGUST 14- 1986 Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper retires from active duty in the US Navy. A pioneering computer scientist and inventor of the computer language COBOL, she was the oldest officer still on active duty at the time of her retirement

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