Events in Women’s History
1872 – Charlotte E. Ray becomes the first woman to graduate from Howard University School of Law.
1922 – A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote, is rejected by the Supreme Court in Leser v. Garnett.
1933 – Frances Perkins is appointed Secretary of Labor becoming the 1st female in US Cabinet.
1837 – Francesca Alexander, American illustrator, author, Italian translator, collected folksongs, tales and customs (d. 1917)
1847 – Dame Ellen Terry, British stage actress, leading Shakespearean actress of her day (d. 1928)
1850 – Laura Howe Richards, American author, wrote over 90 books, daughter of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe (d. 1943)
1869 – Alice Hamilton, American academic, first woman appointed to the faculty of Harvard University, pioneer in the field of toxicology (d. 1970)
1877 – Adela Verne, English pianist and composer (d. 1952)
1888 – Lotte Lehmann, German operatic soprano (d. 1976)
1897 – Marian Anderson, African-American contralto with a broad repertoire including opera, although she preferred to sing in concert rather than act; she achieved European fame prior to her American popularity largely due to racial prejudice. See Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the DAR (d. 1993)
1903 – Grethe Weiser, German actress (d. 1970)
1907 – Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer, known as “The Queen of Swing” (d. 1951)
1910 – Joan Bennett, American actress (d. 1990)
1929 – Bella Flores, Filipino actress (d. 2013)
1932 – Dame Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (d. 2011)
1935 – Mirella Freni, Italian operatic soprano
1950 – Julia Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger, English rabbi and politician
1939 – Carrie Belle Kearney, American teacher, author, suffragist and temperance reformer, first woman elected to the Mississippi State Senate (b. 1863)