December 15

Events in Women’s History

1939Gone with the Wind, a movie based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premieres at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

Births

Vida Dutton Scudder c. 1890, photographer unknown

Vida Dutton Scudder c. 1890 (source)

1861 – Vida Scudder, American professor of English Literature, writer, settlement house founder, and activist (d. 1954)

1861Clara Wolcott Driscoll, American designer and crafter of more than 30 Tiffany lamps, director of the Tiffany Studios’ Women’s Glass Cutting Department (d. 1944)

1896 – Ann Nolan Clark, American author (d. 1995)

1896 – Betty Smith, American author and playwright (d. 1972)

1913 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet and activist (d. 1980)

1928 – Ida Haendel, Polish-born British violinist and educator

1930 – Edna O’Brien, Irish author, poet, and playwright, considered “one of the great creative writers of her generation”

1942 – Kathleen Blanco, American politician, 54th and first woman elected Governor of Louisiana

Deaths

Carola of Vasa in her youth (source)

Carola of Vasa in her youth (source)

1673 – Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, writer and scientist (b. 1623)

1907 – Carola of Vasa, Princess of Sweden and the last Queen consort of Saxony (b. 1833)

2013 – Joan Fontaine, British-born stage, film, television and radio actress, two-time Academy Award winner for her roles in Rebecca and Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, also known for her long running feud with her sister Olivia de Havilland (b. 1917)

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