December 7

Events in Women’s History

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

Births

Willa Cather c. 1912 (source)

Willa Cather c. 1912 (source)

1801 – Abigail Hopper Gibbons, American abolitionist, teacher and social welfare activist (d. 1893)

1865 – Sibyl Swift Sanderson, American soprano (d. 1903)

1873 – Willa Cather, American author, known for novels about frontier life, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours (d. 1947)

1874 – Romaine Brooks, American painter specializing in portraiture (d. 1970)

1877 – Constance Skinner, Canadian writer, critic and historian (d. 1939)

1888 – Joyce Cary, Irish author (d. 1957)

1913 – Kersti Merilaas, Estonian author and poet (d. 1986)

1915 – Leigh Brackett, American author and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1927 – Helen Watts, Welsh opera singer (d. 2009)

1932 – Ellen Burstyn, American actress

1932 – Rosemary Rogers, Sri Lankan-American author

1941 – Melba Pattillo Beals, American journalist and member of the Little Rock Nine

Deaths

1946 – Sada Yacco, Japanese actress and dancer (b. 1871)

1960 – Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)

1979 – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British astronomer and astrophysicist, first person to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe (now Harvard), proposed an explanation for the composition of the stars in her thesis that was confirmed four years later by Henry Norris Russell; he was often given credit for the discovery even though he acknowledged Payne’s work in his paper. (b. 1900)

1981 – Ava Helen Pauling, American human rights activist (b. 1903)

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Sado Yacco in her stage dress (source)

Sada Yacco in her stage dress (source)

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