July 14

Events in Women’s History

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall at TED Global 2007 (source)

1960 – Jane Goodall begins her study of chimpanzees in the wild at the Gombe Stream Reserve in present-day Tanzania. (Photo credit: Erik (HASH) Hersman, Wikimedia Commons, source)


Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell on an excavation in 1909 (source)

1868 – Gertrude Bell, British author, archaeologist, public administrator and spy, influential in the establishment of Jordan and Iraq (d. 1926)

1925 – Sheila Guyse, American actress and singer, appeared in three independent all-black films and two long-running Broadway productions of Lost in the Stars and Finian’s Rainbow; she was popular and often compared to Dorothy Dandridge (d. 2013)

1927 – Peggy Parish, American author, known for the children’s book series with the character Amelia Bedelia (d. 1988)

1930 – Polly Bergen, American author, actress, singer and television host, recipient of an Emmy for her portrayal of Helen Morgan as well as other Emmy nominations, founded the Polly Bergen Co. with cosmetic, jewelry and shoe lines, authored books on beauty

1931 – Jacqueline de Ribes, French fashion designer and socialite, member of the International Best Dressed List

1932 – Princess Margarita of Baden, daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden, and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, promoter of various Serbian charities, president of the Convent of Martha and Mary in Moscow (d. 2013)

1936 – Pema Chödrön, American nun, teacher and author, notable figure in Tibetan Buddhism, possibly the first American woman to become a fully ordained Buddhist nun, author of a number of books including No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

1940 – Susan Howatch, English novelist, author of sweeping family sagas and the Starbridge series of books about the history of the Church of England


Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (source)

Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (source)

1486Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland as wife of James III, also called Margaret of Norway as daughter of Christian I and Dorothea of Brandenburg (b. 1456)

1704 – Sophia Alekseyevna, regent of Russia during the minority of her brothers Peter I and Ivan V (b. 1657)

1817 – Germaine de Staël, Swiss author, opponent of Napoleon, influential in the history of European Romanticism (b. 1766)

1924 – Isabella Ford, British author, lecturer, suffragist and reformer, member of the national administrative council of the Independent Labour Party (b. 1855)

1966 – Julie Manet, French painter, art collector and diarist, model for impressionist painters such as Berthe Morisot (her mother) and Renoir; her teenage diary is called Growing up with the Impressionists. (b. 1878)

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