December 10

Events in Women’s History

2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, from left to right: Tawakkul Karman, Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Photo: Harry Wad, source)

2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, from left to right: Tawakkul Karman, Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Photo: Harry Wad, source)

1902 – Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.

1909Selma Lagerlöf becomes the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1931 – Jane Addams is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is unable to attend the ceremony, so it is accepted by Hoffman Philip, United States Minister to Norway.

2011 – Tawakkul Karman, Leymah Gbowee, and Ellen Johson Sirleaf are jointed awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

2015 – Two women are awarded Nobel Prizes. Youyou Tu from China wins the Prize for Physiology or Medicine for her “discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.” Svetlana Alexievich from Belarus wins the Prize for Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

List of all Female Nobel Laureates

Births

Emily Dickinson c. 1848

Emily Dickinson c. 1848 (source)

1815Ada Byron Lovelace, English mathematician (d. 1852)

1830 – Emily Dickinson, American poet (d. 1886)

1856Karolina Widerström, Swedish physician, feminist, author and politician, first female physician in Sweden with a university degree, known for writings on female health (d. 1949)

1861 – Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, British Socialite and mistress to King Edward VII (b. 1938)

1886 – Annie Bos, Dutch actress (d. 1975)

1891 – Nelly Sachs, German-Swedish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1903 – Una Merkel, American actress (d. 1986)

1907 – Margaret Rumer Godden OBE, British author (d. 1998)

1914 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress (d. 1996)

1918 – Anne Gwynne, American actress (d. 2003)

1920 – Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian author. She has been described as the “most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka.” (d. 1977)

1922 – Lucía Hiriart, Chilean wife of Augusto Pinochet, First Lady of Chile

1925 – Jean Byron, American actress (d. 2006)

1925 – Carolyn Kizer, American poet

1927 – Agnes Nixon, American actress, director, and screenwriter

1941 – Fionnula Flanagan, Irish actress

Deaths

1991 – Greta Kempton, American painter, served as White House painter during the Truman administration, painter of official portraits for President Truman and his wife Bess (b. 1901)

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