June 5

Events in Women’s History

Cover page from the 1852 edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin (source)

Cover page from the 1852 edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (source)

1851 – The first installment of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published in The National Era an abolitionist newspaper.

1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.

1949 – Orapin Chaiyakan becomes the first woman elected to Thailand’s Parliament.


Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough by Sir Godfrey Kneller (source)

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough by Sir Godfrey Kneller (source)

1523 – Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, daughter of Francis I of France and Claude, Duchess of Brittany (d. 1573)

1646 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian philosopher, mathematics instructor and musician, one of the first women known to obtain a doctorate degree (d. 1684)

1660 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, known as a close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britian and one of the most influential women of her time due to the relationship (d. 1744)

1836 – Miriam Leslie, American author, publisher and suffragist, wife and heir to the publishing business of Frank Leslie; she left most of her estate to the cause of women’s suffrage. (d. 1914)

1884 – Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, British author, known for fiction set in the late Victorian/early Edwardian period, recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her novel Mother and Son (d. 1969)

1887 – Ruth Fulton Benedict, American anthropologist and folklorist, President of the American Anthropological Association, member of the American Folklore Society (d. 1948)

1929 – Dame Margaret Drabble, Lady Holroyd, British author and literary critic

1930 – Alifa Rifaat, pseudonym for Egyptian author Fatimah Rifaat, known for her depictions of the dynamics of relationships in rural Egyptian culture (d. 1996)


1832 – Ka’ahumanu, Queen consort and regent of the Kingdom of Hawaii, favorite wife of King Kamenameha I; she continued to have considerable power during the reigns of his successors. (born c. 1769)

1893Mary Ann Shadd Cary, American abolitionist, journalist, publisher, teacher and lawyer, first black woman publisher in the United States (b. 1823)

1920 – Rhoda Broughton, Welsh novelist and short story author (b. 1840)

1966 – Ann Haven Morgan, American zoologist and ecologist, awarded a Ph.D. from Cornell University, served as chair of the Mount Holyoke College zoology department from 1916 – 1947 until her retirement  (b. 1882)

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Queen Ka'ahumanu c.. 1816 by Louis Choris (source)

Queen Ka’ahumanu c.. 1816 by Louis Choris (source)

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