February 27

Events in Women’s History

Drawing of Charlotte E Ray, artist unknown (source)

Drawing of Charlotte E Ray, artist unknown (source)

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.


Marian Anderson by Betsy Graves Reyneau, courtesy National ARchives and Records Administration (source)

Marian Anderson by Betsy Graves Reyneau, courtesy National ARchives and Records Administration (source)

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)

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3 thoughts on “February 27

  1. Births –

    1956 – Meena Keshwar Kamal – Afghan revolutionary political activist, feminist, women’s rights activist and founder of Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), who was assassinated in 1987.

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