Events in Women’s History
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.
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)
1893 – Mary 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)