June 27

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Emma Goldman c. 1886, around the time she moved to the US (source)

Emma Goldman c. 1886, around the time she moved to the US (source)

1817 – Louise von François, German writer, known for her historical novel Die letzte Reckenburgerin (d. 1893)

1824 – Ednah Dow Cheney, American author, lecturer, reformer and philanthropist, active in the Freedman’s Aid Society, Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, and the New England Hospital for Women and children among others (d. 1904)

1849 – Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American businesswoman and journalist, known for articles about health, beauty and etiquette in the New York World (d. 1903)

1859 – Leonora Piper, American spiritualist and medium, subject of research and investigation by both American and British psychic researchers, including William James (d. 1950)

1869 – Kate Carew, American caricaturist and writer, known for illustrated celebrity interviews published in the New York World (d. 1961)

1869 – Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-born American author, lecturer, anarchist and activist, founder of the journal Mother Earth (d. 1940)

1880 – Natalia Brasova, Countess Brasova, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia (brother of Tsar Nicholas II),  (d. 1952)

1880 – Helen Keller, American author and political activist, first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, member of the Socialist Party of American and the Industrial Workers of the World, advocate for women’s suffrage, labor rights and socialism, member of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, subject of the play and film The Miracle Worker (d. 1968)

1885 – Guilhermina Suggia, Portuguese cellist, internationally renown, student of Pablo Casals, bequeathed her Stradivarius cello to the Royal Academy of Music in London to fund a scholarship for cellists (d. 1950)

1888 – Antoinette Perry, American actress, director, co-founder of the American Theater Wing; the Antoinette Perry Awards, commonly known as the Tony Awards, were established to honor her.  (d. 1946)

1893 – Crystal Bird Fauset, American educator and politician, member of the American Friends Service Committe, first African American woman state legislator in the United States (d. 1965)

1906 – Catherine Cookson, DBE, British author, one of the United Kingdom’s most widely read novelists in the 20th century (d. 1998)

Grace Lee Boggs in 2012 by Kyle McDonald (source)

Grace Lee Boggs in 2012 by Kyle McDonald (source)

1915 – Grace Lee Boggs, American author, feminist and social activist; she published her most recent book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, in 2011 at the age of 95.

1921 – Muriel Pavlow, British actress, known for a long, successful career beginning as a child actor

1924 – Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey, first woman inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame (d. 2003)

1924 – Efua Sutherland, Ghanaian author, playwright, poet and director, founded the Ghana Drama Studio, the Ghana Society of Writers and the Ghana Experimental Theatre, known for her works Foriwa, Edufa, and The Marriage of Anansewa (d. 1996)

1925 – Claire Bonenfant, Canadian politician and feminist, former president of the Quebec Status of Women Council, Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec (d. 1996)

1932 – Anna Moffo, American lyric coloratura soprano, actress and recording artist (d. 2006)

1936 – Lucille Clifton, American author, poet and educator, Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, Pulitzer Prize nominee for poetry, her work is known for celebrating her African-American heritage and women’s experience (d. 2010)


Eleonora Gonzaga c. 1623 by Justus Sustermans (source)

Eleonora Gonzaga c. 1623 by Justus Sustermans (source)

1655 – Eleonore Gonzaga, Archduchess consort of Austria, Queen of Germany, Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia as wife of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1598)

1794 – Anne d’Arpajon, Countess de Noailles as wife of Philippe de Noailles, first lady of honor to Marie Leszczyńska and Marie Antoinette, both Queens of France; she and her husband both died by guillotine. (b. 1729)

1831 – Sophie Germain, French mathematician, physicist and philosopher, largely self-taught due to restrictions because of her gender, known for foundational work in the areas of elasticity theory, differential geometry, and number theory (b. 1776)

1907 – Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American educator, co-founder of Radcliffe College (b. 1822)

1946 – Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator, known for her children’s book Millions of Cats, recipient of the Newbery Honor Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and the Caldecott Honor Award (b. 1893)

1958 – Ragna Wettergreen, Norwegian stage and film actress, known for title roles in plays by Henrik Ibsen (b. 1864)

1960 – Lottie Dod, British tennis player, five-time winner of the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship (b. 1871)

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