February 17

Events in Women’s History

1897 – Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst hold the first convocation of the National Organization of Mothers (later renamed the Parent Teacher Association AKA the PTA), 2,000 people attend.

Births

Empress Wu Zetian (source)

Empress Wu Zetian (source)

624 – Wu Zetian, Chinese empress (d. 705)

1821Lola Montez, Irish actress and dancer (d. 1861)

1848 – Louisa Lawson, Australian poet and publisher (d. 1920)

1858 – Margaret Warner Morley, American author, educator and biologist (d. 1923)

1861 – Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Duchess of Albany as wife of Prince Leopold, fourth son of Queen Victoria; she was known for her intelligence and social work. (d. 1922)

1877 – Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and author, traveled extensively in North Africa often as a man for the freedom it allowed her; she died in a flash flood in the desert (d. 1904)

1877 – Isidora Sekulić, Serbian author, adventurer and polyglot, known for her extensive travels, strong female characters in her fiction, and critical writings on literatures in many languages (d. 1958)

1879 – Dorothy Canfield Fisher, author, educational reformer and social activist, brought the Montessori method to the United States (d. 1958)

1881 – Mary Carson Breckinridge, American nurse-midwife and founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, founded family care centers in the Appalachian mountains (d. 1965)

1888 – Dorothy Kenyon, American lawyer, judge, feminist and political activist (d. 1972)

1892 – Marjorie Fielding, British stage and film actress (d. 1956)

1919 – Kathleen Freeman, American actress (d. 2001)

1924 – Margaret Truman, American author and singer, daughter of President Harry Truman and his wife Bess (d. 2008)

1928 – Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress and singer

1929 – Patricia Routledge, British actress and singer

1930 – Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, British author

1931 – Jiřina Jirásková, Czech stage actress and theater director (d. 2013)

1935 – Christina Pickles, British actress

1938 – Martha Henry, American-born Canadian actress

1938 – Yvonne Romain, British film and television actress

Deaths

1946 – Dorothy Gibson, American actress and singer (b. 1889)

1961 – Nita Naldi, American actress (b. 1897)

2010 – Kathryn Grayson, American actress and singer (b. 1922)

2013 – Claudette Boyer, Canadian politician (b. 1938)

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Nita Naldi in 1921, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress (source)

Nita Naldi in 1921, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress (source)

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  1. February 17, 1897 – Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst hold the first convocation of the National Organization of Mothers (later renamed the Parent Teacher Association AKA the PTA), 2,000 people attend.

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