June 8

Events in Women’s History

Margaret Bondfield in 1919, Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress (source)

Margaret Bondfield in 1919, Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress (source)

1929 – Margaret Bondfield is appointed Minister of Labour. She is the first woman Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom.

Births

Ida Saxton McKinley c. 1901, Library of Congress (source)

Ida Saxton McKinley c. 1901, Library of Congress (source)

1816 – Mary Lucinda Bonney, American educator and advocate for Native American rights (d. 1900)

1847 – Ida Saxton McKinley, First Lady of the United States as wife of William McKinley (d. 1907)

1858 – Charlotte Angas Scott, British mathematician, one of the founding faculty and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College in the United States (d. 1931)

1860 – Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician, known for coining the term and her work on polytopes, convex 4 dimensional solids (d. 1940)

1901 – Lena Baker, American maid, convicted and executed for killing her employer in 1945; she maintained that it was in self-defense and was exonerated in 2005. (d. 1945)

1903 – Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian-born French author, first woman elected to the Académie française, winner of Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize (d. 1987)

1903 – Jessie Bernard, American sociologist, feminist and author, authored and co-authored over 20 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters (d. 1996)

1920 – Gwen Harwood, Australian poet, considered one of Australia’s finest poets, published over 420 poems and librettos (d. 1995)

1925 – Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady of the United States as wife of George H. W. Bush

Deaths

Sarah Siddons c. 1785 by Thomas Gainsborough (source)

Sarah Siddons c. 1785 by Thomas Gainsborough (source)

1621 – Anne de Xainctonge, French founder of the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, honored in the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1567)

1714 – Sophia of the Palatinate, Electress of Hanover (b. 1630)

1876 – George Sand, pseudonym for Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, French author (b. 1804)

1831 – Sarah Siddons, British actress, known for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth (b. 1755)

1913 – Emily Wilding Davison, British suffragette, jailed and force-fed numerous times in defense of the cause of women’s suffrage; she died from injuries sustained after stepping in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby to gain attention for the cause. (b. 1872)

1926 – Emily Hobhouse, British activist, known primarily for exposing and working to change conditions in the British concentration camps in South Africa during the Second Boer War (b. 1860)

1968 – Elizabeth Enright, American author, illustrator and educator, known for her children’s books Thimble Summer and Gone-Away Lake, recipient of the Newbery Medal and the O. Henry Award (b. 1909)

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