July 15

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History on this date. Please comment if you know of anything I can add. Thank you!


Emmeline Pankhurst c. 1913, Courtesy Library of Congress (source)

Emmeline Pankhurst c. 1913, Courtesy Library of Congress (source)

1737 – Princess Louise of France, youngest of the ten children of Louis XV and his wife, Maria Leszczyńska (d. 1787)

1837 – Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Queen of Portugal and the Algarves as wife of Peter V (d. 1859)

1850 – Francesca S. Cabrini, Italian-born American nun and saint, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart which supported Italian immigrants to the United States, canonized in 1946 by the Roman Catholic Church (d. 1917)

1858 – Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette and political activist, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union dedicated to “deeds, not words”, named one of the “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century” by Time magazine (d. 1928)

1864 – Dame Marie Tempest, British actress and singer, soprano in light opera and musical comedies (d. 1942)

1893 – Enid Bennett, Australian silent film actress, known for her role as Maid Marian in Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks (d. 1969)

1905 – Dorothy Fields, American lyricist of over 400 songs for Broadway and film musicals, one of the first successful female Tin Pan Alley songwriters, known for “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Pick Yourself Up” (d. 1974)

1919 – Iris Murdoch, DBE, Irish author and philosopher, known for novels about good and evil and morality, including Under the Net (d. 1999)

1943 – Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Irish astrophysicist, discovered the first radio pulsars, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, recipient of the Herschel Medal; although she first observed the pulsars and was listed as second author of five on the paper announcing the discovery, she was not included in the Nobel Prize Award given to her advisor Antony Hewish and Martin Ryle for the discovery; many prominent astronomers were outraged.


1885Rosalía de Castro, Spanish writer and poet, known for writing in her native Galician language rather than Spanish (b. 1837)

1927 – Constance Georgine Markievicz, Countess Markievicz, Irish politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. in 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, but she didn’t take her seat. Instead, she with other members of Sinn Féin, formed the first Dáil Éireann. (b. 1868)

1951 – Mary White Ovington, American suffragist, journalist and co-founder of the NAACP (b. 1865)

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Rosalia de Castro c. 1880 (source)

Rosalia de Castro c. 1880 (source)

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