July 3

Events in Women’s History

There are a number of births and deaths, but I don’t know of any events in Women’s History for today. If you do, please comment so that I can add it to the list. Thank you!


Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900 Photo: Library of Congress (source)

1590 – Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana, Italian singer, organist, and composer, entered a Camaldolese convent in 1598, most of her work was created for feast days and reflected convent life (d. 1662)

1743 – Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, Queen of Sweden as wife of Gustav III  (d. 1813)

1860 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American author, sociologist, lecturer and feminist, known for her semi-autobiographical work The Yellow Wallpaper (d. 1935)

1901 – Ruth Crawford Seeger, American composer, known as a folk music specialist (d. 1953)

1908 – Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, American author, known as M.F.K. Fisher, food/travel/memoir writer, founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library, works include Serve it Forth and a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin (d. 1992)

1913 – Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist and television personality; her column The Voice of Broadway was syndicated to over 145 papers. (d. 1965)

1929 – Béatrice Picard, Canadian actress, known as the Quebec French of Marge Simpson on The Simpsons, Genie Award nominee, Officer of the National Order of Quebec

1939 – Brigitte Fassbaender, German mezzo-soprano and director, Opera director at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, managing director of the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, recipient of the Musikpreis der Landeshauptstadt München (Music Prize of the City of Munich) and appointed honorary Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur

1940 – Fontella Bass, American singer-songwriter, best-known for her hit “Rescue Me” in 1965 (d. 2012)

1941 – Gloria Allred, American civil rights lawyer, known for taking high profile and often controversial cases, especially those involving women’s rights


Marie de Medici by Rubens c. 1622, at the Prado Museum (source)

Marie de Medici by Rubens c. 1622, at the Prado Museum (source)

1642 – Marie de’ Medici, Queen consort of France and Navarre as the second wife of Henry IV, regent for her son Louis XIII until his majority, known for political intrigue and art patronage (b. 1575)

1916 – Hetty Green, American businesswoman and financier, known as “The Witch of Wallstreet” and “the richest woman in America” during the Gilded Age, also known for her eccentricities and miserliness (b. 1834)

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One thought on “July 3

  1. July 3, 1790 – Nicolas, marquis de Concorcet proposes “the admission of women to the rights of citizenship,” advocating women’ suffrage for the revolutionary government’s consideration in an article for Journal de la Société de 1789, and by publishing De l’admission es femmes au droit de cité

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