July 20

Events in Women’s History

1989 – Aung San Suu Kyi is put under house arrest by Burma’s ruling junta. She remained under house arrest for almost 15 years from 1989 until her release on November 13, 2010.


Natalie Wood publicity photo to promote the film Gypsy, 1960 (source)

Natalie Wood publicity photo to promote the film Gypsy, 1960 (source)

1918 – Cindy Walker, American singer-songwriter and dancer, known for many hits spanning almost 50 years, inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame (d. 2006)

1926 – Natalie Wood, American film and television actress and singer, popular with a career spanning almost 40 years, recipient of the Silver Bear for Best Actress in 1966 at the Berlin International Film Festival

1929 – Hazel Hawke, Australian amateur pianist and patron of the arts, worked to raise awareness of Alzheimers after her own diagnosis, first wife of Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2013)

1930 – Sally Ann Howes, British-American singer and actress, known for her role as Truly Scrumptious in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tony Award nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role in Brigadoon

1934 – Aliki Vougiouklaki, Greek stage and film actress and singer, known as a National Star of Greece (d. 1996)

1936 – Barbara Mikulski, American politician, United States Senator from Maryland, former member of the United States House of Representatives and the longest-serving woman in that organization

1938 – Dame Diana Rigg, British stage and television actress and singer, recipient of a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1994

1938 – Natalie Wood, American film and television actress, recipient of Academy Awards for her performances in Splendor in the Grass and Love with the Proper Stranger and a Golden Globe Award (d. 1981)

1939 – Judy Chicago, American feminist, artist and author, known for large collaborative art installations, coined the term “feminist art” and includes stereotypical “women’s skills” and stereotypical “men’s skills” in her work, The Dinner Party, housed in the Brooklyn Museum, is considered her masterpiece


1351 – Margareta Ebner, German nun and mystic, beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1979 (b. 1291)

1897 – Jean Ingelow, English poet and novelist, popular in her time with some of her work being put to music, known for a focus on religious introspection (b. 1820)

2013 – Helen Thomas, American journalist, columnist, news service reporter, member of the White House press corps; she covered 11 U.S. presidents from Eisenhower to Obama; she is credited with several firsts for women, first woman officer of the National Press Club, first female member of the Gridiron Club and the White House Correspondents’ Association and its first woman president. (b. 1920)

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Jean Ingelow in the 1860s, by Elliott & Fry, London

Jean Ingelow in the 1860s, by Elliott & Fry, London (source)

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