August 3

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History for today. If you know of any, please leave a comment below so that I can add them. Thank you!


Marguerite Nichols, The Green Book Magazine January, 1916

Marguerite Nichols c. 1916 (source)

1491 – Maria of Jülich-Berg, German princess, heiress to the estates of Jülich, Berg and Ravensberg; she married John III, Duke of Cleves, and the estates were merged to form the United Duchies of Jülich-Cleves-Berg.  (d. 1543)

1895 – Marguerite Nichols, American silent film actress (d. 1941)

1902 – Regina Jonas, German rabbi, first woman officially ordained as a rabbi; she continued her rabbinical work during her time in Theresienstadt concentration camp before being deported to Auschwitz and murdered. (d. 1944)

1905 – Dolores del Río, Mexican actress and singer, considered one of the most important women of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema (d. 1983)

1905 – Maggie Kuhn, American activist, founder of the Gray Panthers, advocate many things including human rights, social and economic justice, nursing home reform and increased understanding of mental health issues (d. 1995)

1920 – P. D. James, British author and life peer in the House of Lords, known for a series of detective novels featuring the character Adam Dalgliesh

1928 – Cécile Aubry, French actress, author, screenwriter, and television director; known for children’s series Poly and and Belle et Sébastien, which were adapted from her books. (d. 2010)

1941 – Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founder Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, publisher of Martha Stewart Living magazine, syndicated talk show host


Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette c. 1890 (source)

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette c. 1890 (source)

1839 – Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist and translator (b. 1763)

1954 – Colette, pseudonym of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette , French author, known for her novel Gigi which was the basis for the play and film of the same name (b. 1873)

1964 – Flannery O’Connor, American author, known for a southern gothic style and questions about morality and ethics; a collection of short stories, Complete Stories, won the National Book Award for fiction in 1972 (b. 1925)

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