August 20

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!


Ellen Crosby Roosevelt c. 1890 (source)

Ellen Crosby Roosevelt c. 1890 (source)

1613 – Elisabeth Sophie of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg as wife of Augustus the Younger, German poet and composer, known for hymns and devotional arias (d. 1676)

1630Maria van Oosterwijck, painter during the Dutch Golden Age (birthdate possibly the 27th) (d. 1693)’

1841 – Maria Louise Pool, American author, known for sketches of New England life; published in various periodicals, including the New York Evening Post and the New York Tribune, then later in book form. (d. 1898)

1843 – Kristina Nilsson,  Countess de Casa Miranda, Swedish operatic soprano, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; she was a comtemporary of and often compared to Adelina Patti. (d. 1921)

1868 – Ellen Crosby Roosevelt, American tennis player; International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee; she won the 1890 US Championships singles title and the doubles title with her sister Grace; they were the first and only pair of sisters to win the title until the Williams sisters in 1999. (d. 1954)

1918 – Jacqueline Susann, American author and actress, known for her novel, the best seller Valley of the Dolls (d. 1974)


1643Anne Hutchinson, American colonist, Puritan spiritual adviser, banned from Massachusetts Bay Colony for her religious beliefs (the exact date of the massacre of her family is unknown)

1835 – Agnes Bulmer, English poet, known for the epic poem Messiah’s Kingdom (b. 1775)

2013 – Sathima Bea Benjamin, South African singer-songwriter, received the Order of Ikhamanga Silver Award from South African president Thabo Mbeki for her “excellent contribution as a jazz artist” and her contribution to “the struggle against apartheid.” (b. 1936)

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Anne Hutchinson on Trial by Edwin Austin Abbey

Anne Hutchinson on Trial by Edwin Austin Abbey (source)

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