February 18

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!


Marie Champmeslé, date and artist unknown (source)

Marie Champmeslé, date and artist unknown (source)

1516 – Mary I of England, Queen of England and Ireland (d. 1558)

1642 – Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. 1698)

1851 – Ida Husted Harper, American author, educator, journalist and suffragist (d. 1931)

1878 – Harriet Bosse, Swedish–Norwegian actress (d. 1961)

1905 – Queenie Leonard, English-American actress and singer (d. 2002)

1915 – Phyllis Calvert, English actress (d. 2002)

1918 – Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008)

1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American author, publisher and businesswoman, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine (d. 2012)

1922 – Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player, starting pitcher and outfielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (d. 1995)

1926 – Nalini Jaywant, Indian actress (d. 2010)

1931 – Toni Morrison, American author, editor and professor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature, and recipient of the Presidental Medal of Honor

1933 – Yoko Ono, Japanese singer-songwriter, artist, filmmaker, philanthropist and peace activist

1933 – Mary Ure, Scottish actress (d. 1975)

1934 – Audre Lorde, American poet and activist (d. 1992)

1935 – Janette Oke, Canadian author

1936 – Jean M. Auel, American author of Earth’s Children series

1941 – Irma Thomas, American singer-songwriter, known as “The Soul Queen of New Orleans”


1743 – Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, Electress Palatine as wife of Johann Wilhelm, Duchess of Neugurg, Neuburg, Jülich, Berg, cham and the Upper Palatinate, Countess of Megen, daughter of Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1667)

1910 – Lucy Stanton Day Sessions, American abolitionist, educator, and writer, first known African American woman to graduate from college (b. 1831)

1978 – Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)

1982 – Dame Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author (b. 1895)

1989 – Mildred Burke, American professional wrestler (b. 1915)

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Electress Anna Maria by Jan Frans van Douven (source)

Electress Anna Maria by Jan Frans van Douven (source)

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