Events in Women’s History
1902 – Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.
1909 – Selma 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”.
1815 – Ada Byron Lovelace, English mathematician (d. 1852)
1830 – Emily Dickinson, American poet (d. 1886)
1856 – Karolina 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
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)