February 10

Events in Women’s History

Marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840, by George Hayter (source)

Marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840, by George Hayter (source)

1840 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1870 – The YWCA is founded in New York City.


Christine Marie of France c. 1633, artist unknown (source)

Christine Marie of France c. 1633, artist unknown (source)

1606 – Christine Marie of France, Duchess of Savoy (d. 1663)

1881 – Pauline Brunius, Swedish actress and director, managing director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre from 1938 to 1948 (d. 1954)

1883 – Edith Clarke, electrical engineer, first female professor of electrical engineering at University of Texas at Austin (d. 1959)

1890 – Fanni Kaplan, Russian activist and revolutionary who attempted to assassinate Vladimir Lenin (d. 1918)

1897 – Judith Anderson, AC and DBE, Australian-born actress, winner of two Emmy awards and a Tony, nominated for a Grammy and an Academy Award (d. 1992)

1901 – Stella Adler, American actress (d. 1992)

1910 – Sofia Vembo, Greek singer and actress (d. 1978)

1920 – Neva Patterson, American actress (d. 2010)

1927 – Leontyne Price, American operatic soprano

1934 – Fleur Adcock, CNZM and OBE, New Zealand poet and editor

1937 – Roberta Flack, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1939 – Adrienne Clarkson, Canadian journalist and politician, 26th Governor-General of Canada

1940 – Mary Rand, MBE, British track and field athlete and Olympic medalist


1278 – Margaret II, Countess of Flanders and Hainaut (b. 1202)

1645 – Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg (b. 1587)

1875 – Mary Harris Thomas, diarist, poet and early settler of South Australia; her account of the voyage to and early time in Australia was published in 1915 as The Diary and Letters of Mary Thomas. (b. 1787)

1887 – Ellen Wood, English author (b. 1814)

1891 – Sofia Kovalevskaya, Sonya Kovalevsky (in Sweden), Russian mathematician, first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe (b. 1850)

1957 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American pioneer and author of the Little House series (b. 1867)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder c. 1894 (source)

Laura Ingalls Wilder c. 1894 (source)

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