August 23

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!


Sarah Frances Whiting, Photo: Wellesley College, Wikimedia Commons

Sarah Frances Whiting c. 1879 (source)

1757 – Marie Magdalene Charlotte Ackermann, German actress; she became very popular, but died at the young age of 17. (d. 1775)

1817 – Emily Forrester, pseudonym for Emily Chubbuck Judson, American author, poet and missionary to Burma (d. 1854)

1836 – Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen consort of Belgium as wife of Leopold II; sometimes called “The Rose of Brabant” for her beauty, she was an accomplished artist, musician and horsewoman, but was known to have quite a temper.  (d. 1902)

1847 – Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer; established the physics department and experimental lab at Wellesley as its first physics professor; author of a physic textbook and numerous articles for Popular Astronomy. (d. 1927)

1900 – Malvina Reynolds, American singer-songwriter and political activist, known for her songs “Little Boxes”, “Morningtown Ride”, and “What Have They Done to the Rain.” (d. 1978)

1908 – Hannah Frank, Scottish sculptor (d. 2008)

1944 – Antonia Coello Novello, Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator, first woman appointed Surgeon General of the United States, vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Commissioner of Health for the State of New York

1951 – Queen Noor of Jordan, American-born Lisa Jajeeb Halaby, widow of King Hussein, president of the United World Colleges movement and advocate of anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign, Global Zero


1949 – Helen Churchill Candee, American author and journalist, survivor of sinking of the Titanic, decorated for her service to the Italian Red Cross during WWI, founding member of the Society of Woman Geographers, known for her travels throughout Southeast Asia and her travel writing. (b. 1858)

1991Florence Barbara Seibert, American biochemist, developed the standard Tuberculosis skin reaction test (b. 1897)

1996 – Margaret Tucker, Australian activist and author, founding member of the Australian Aborigines’ League, founder of the United Council of Aboriginal and Islander women, first appointee to the Victorian Aborigines Welfare Board; her autobiography is titled If Everyone Cared. (b. 1904)

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Helen Churchill Candee, 1901 Photo: Randy Bryan Bigham collection, Wikimedia Commons

Helen Churchill Candee c. 1901 (source)

2 thoughts on “August 23

  1. August 23, 1843 – Lillie Hitchcock Coit born. ‘Firebelle Lil’ was wealthy socialite fascinated by firefighting, who became a mascot as a teen, and then an honorary member of Engine Company No. 5, often riding along to fires, sometimes scandalously wearing trousers. She left one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco, which used the bequest to build the landmark Coit Tower, and to place a statue of three firefighters in Washington Square Park.

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