January 25

Events in Women’s History

Nellie Bly c. 1890, Library of Congres (source)

Nellie Bly c. 1890, Library of Congres (source)

1533 – Anne Boleyn becomes the second wife of Henry VIII of England.

1890 – Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

1980 – Mother Teresa is honored with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

2014 – Maud Powell (1867-1920) is posthumously granted the GRAMMY Life time Achievement Award. She was an internationally acclaimed violinist and one of the first Americans to reach that level of recognition.


Virginia Woolf, 1902, by George Charles Beresford (source)

Virginia Woolf, 1902, by George Charles Beresford (source)

1477Anne of Brittany, last independent Breton ruler and Queen consort of France as wife of Charles VIII and Louis XII (d. 1514)

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

1871 – Maud Wood Park, American suffragist and women’s rights activist, co-founded the College Equal Suffrage League to attract younger women to the cause of suffrage (d. 1955)

1882 – Virginia Woolf, English author and critic (d. 1941)

1896 – Florence Mills, American singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1927)

1905 – Margery Sharp, English author (d. 1991)

1923 – Shirley Ardell Mason, American commercial artist and psychiatric patient; her life was fictionalized in the movie Sybil (d. 1998)

1923 – Sally Starr, American actress and television host (d. 2013)

1933 – Corazon Aquino, Filipino politician, 11th President of the Philippines (d. 2009)

1935 – Maretta Taylor, American politician (d. 2013)

1936 – Diana Hyland, American actress (d. 1977)

1937 – Judith Ann Mayotte, American humanitarian and author

1938 – Etta James, American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)


Mihrimah Sultan by Titian (source)

Mihrimah Sultan by Titian (source)

1578Mihrimah Sultan, Ottoman daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, functioned as Valide Sultan for her brother Selim II (b. 1522)

1907 – Isabella Beecher Hooker, American suffragist and spiritualist (b. 1822)

1908 – Ouida, pseudonym for Maria Louise de la Ramée, British author (b. 1839)

1960 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (b. 1921)

1969 – Irene Castle, English ballroom dancer (b. 1887)

1970 – Jane Bathori, French soprano (b. 1877)

1975 – Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, 46th Mayor of Ottawa (b. 1896)

1980 – Queenie Watts, English actress and singer (b. 1926)

1981 – Adele Astaire, American dancer, Fred Astaire’s sister and dance partner (b. 1897)

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