December 2

Events in Women’s History

Edith Roosevelt c. 1900, Library of Congress

Edith Roosevelt c. 1900 (source)

1886Edith Kermit Carow marries Theodore Roosevelt future President of the United States.

1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan.


Maria Callas, 1958, photo by Houston Rogers

Maria Callas, 1958 by Houston Rogers (source)

1848 – Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary to Nigeria (d. 1915)

1895 – Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)

1917 – Sylvia Syms, American singer (d. 1992)

1923 – Maria Callas, Greek soprano, one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century (d. 1977)

1925 – Julie Harris, American actress

1934 – Sissela Bok, Swedish-born American philosopher and ethicist


1665 – Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French author (b. 1588)

1849 – Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of the United Kingdom and Hanover as wife of William IV (b. 1792)

1881 – Jenny von Westphalen, author and wife of the philosopher Karl Marx (b. 1814)

1893 – Pauline Cushman, American actress and spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War (b. 1833)

1935 – M. Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist and President of Bryn Mawr College (b. 1857)

2008 – Odetta Holmes, known simply as Odetta, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, civil and human rights activist, “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” (b. 1930)

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Pauline Cushman, c. 1860, Library of Congress Brady-Handy Collection

Pauline Cushman, c. 1860, Library of Congress Brady-Handy Collection (source)

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