January 11

Events in Women’s History

Amelia Earhart with her plane, "old Bessie" c. 1935

Amelia Earhart with her plane, “old Bessie” c. 1935 (source)

1055 – Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. She was Empress regnant until her death in 1056.

1935 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.


Alice Paul, 1901 (source)

Alice Paul, 1901 (source)

1395 – Michelle of Valois, Duchess consort of Burgundy as wife of Philip III (d. 1422)

1795 – Barbara Heinemann Landmann, German-American spiritual leader for the Community of True Inspiration, Amana Society (d. 1883)

1843Agnes and Margaret Smith, identical twins, Scottish linguists and explorers, discovered the Sinaitic Palimpsest at St. Catherine’s monastery in Sinai (d. 1926 and 1920 respectively)

1870 – Alice Hegan Rice, American novelist (d. 1942)

1885Alice Paul, American suffragist and women’s rights activist, author of the Equal Rights Amendment (d. 1977)

1899 – Eva Le Gallienne, English-born American actress, producer and director (d. 1991)

1911 – Nora Heysen, Australian painter, first woman to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture (d. 2003)

1921 – Juanita M. Kreps, American economist, educator, and civil servant, first woman to hold the office of United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 2010)

1931 – Betty Churcher, Australian painter

1935 – Ghita Nørby, Danish actress

1939 – Anne Heggtveit, Canadian skier

1963 – Tracy Caulkins Stockwell, American swimmer, Olympic medalist


1885 – Clarina Howard Nichols, journalist and public speaker, social reformer in abolition, temperance and women’s rights (b. 1810)

1947 – Eva Tanguay, Canadian-American singer (b. 1879)

1957 – Rose Sutro, American pianist, worked as a duo with her sister Ottilie Sutro (b. 1870)

1961 – Elena Gerhardt, German soprano (b. 1883)

1980 – Barbara Pym, English author (b. 1913)

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Eva Tanguay, 1898, Library of Congress (source)

Eva Tanguay, 1898, Library of Congress (source)

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