August 17

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!


Charlotte Forten Grimké (source)

Charlotte Forten Grimké (source)

1786Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent (d. 1861)

1813 – Sarah Porter, American educator, founder of Miss Porter’s School, a college preparatory school for girls, inductee of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (d. 1900)

1837 – Charlotte Forten Grimké, African American abolitionist, poet and educator, taught school to freedmen in South Carolina; her diaries have been published as The Journal of Charlotte Forten about life before the end of the Civil War. (d. 1914)

1838 – Laura de Force Gordon, American lawyer, editor and women’s rights activist, editor and manager of the Stockton Daily Leader in 1873, instrumental in obtaining the right for women to practice law in California (d. 1907)

1858 – Caroline Julia Bartlett Crane, American suffragist, educator, journalist and reformer, Unitarian minister, known for public health and sanitation reforms, inspected and wrote sanitary surveys for over 60 cities, campaigned for meat inspection ordinances (d. 1935)

1863 – Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, columnist, naturalist, wildlife photographer and businesswoman, best-selling author during her lifetime, known for her novel A Girl of the Limberlost which was adapted for film (d. 1924)

1866 – Julia Marlowe, British-born American Shakespearian actress (d. 1950)

1893 – Mae West, American actress, singer and playwright, known as a sex symbol and for the double entendre (d. 1980)

1904 – Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and conservative activist and politician, known for campaigning against the Social Security tax, first woman to run for Governor of Mississippi (d. 1984)

1906 – Hazel Gladys Bishop, American chemist and businesswoman, founder of Hazel Bishop, Inc., a cosmetics company, inventor of the first long lasting lipstick (d. 1998)

1918 – Evelyn Ankers, Chilean-born British actress, known for her work in American horror films of the 1940s and as “the Queen of the Screamers” (d. 1985)

1919 – Georgia Gibbs, American singer, known for jazz, rhythm and blues primarily, but also for versatility and style range (d. 2006)

1920 – Maureen O’Hara, Irish actress, singer and author; recipient of the Heritage Award from the Ireland-American fund, the Golden Boot Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy; inductee into the Wester Performers Hall of Fame; her autobiography ‘Tis Herself was a New York Times bestseller.


Anne Le Fèvre Dacier by Ferdinand Gaillard (source)

Anne Le Fèvre Dacier by Ferdinand Gaillard (source)

1720 – Anne Le Fèvre Dacier, Madame Dacier, French scholar, known for classics translations including Sappho and Homer (b. 1654)

1931 – A’Lelia Walker, American businesswoman and art patron, daughter of Madam C.J. Walker, popular and successful hostess; she established “The Dark Tower”, a cultural salon, in her home where she entertained artists from Harlem and Greenwich Village as well as European and African royalty. (b. 1885)

1935 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American author, sociologist, lecturer and feminist, known for her semi-autobiographical work The Yellow Wallpaper (b. 1860)

1979 – Vivian Vance, American actress, best known as Ethel Mertz on the television sitcom I Love Lucy (b. 1909)

1990 – Pearl Bailey, American vaudeville, stage, film and television actress and singer, recipient of a Tony Award and a Daytime Emmy (b. 1918)

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