March 11

Events in Women’s History

Michelle Bachelet Jeria by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency (source)

Michelle Bachelet Jeria by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency (source)

1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed as the US Attorney General and sworn in the next day, becoming the first woman to hold that post.

2006 – Michelle Bachelet Jeria is elected as first female president of Chile.


Wanda Gág c. 1918 (source)

Wanda Gág c. 1918 (source)

1843 – Pearl Rivers, pseudonym for author Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrook Nicholson, American journalist and poet (d. 1896)

1872 – Kathleen Clarice Groom, British author (d. 1954)

1891 – Gertrud Wolle, German actress (d. 1952)

1893 – Wanda Hazel Gág, American artist, author, illustrator and translator, known for Millions of Cats which she wrote and illustrated (d. 1946)

1898 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)

1903 – Dorothy Schiff, American newspaper owner and publisher, philanthropist and reformer, bought the New York Post in 1939 and became its publisher in 1942 (d. 1989)

1923 – Agatha Barbara, Maltese politician, first and to-date only woman to serve as President of Malta (d. 2002)

1923 – Louise Brough, American tennis champion

1935 – Sandra Milo, Tunisian-born Italian award winning actress

1939 – Lorraine Hunt, American politician, 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada


1070 – Áurea of San Millán, anchoress attached to the Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla (b. 1043)

1198 – Marie of France, Countess of Champagne, daughter of Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine (b. 1145)

1967 – Geraldine Farrar, American operatic soprano; she had a following among young women who were nicknamed “Gerry flappers.” (b. 1882)

1978 – Sofia Vembo, Greek singer and actress (b. 1910)

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Geraldine Farrar, Ad in magazine "Moving Picture World", 1918 (source)

Geraldine Farrar, Ad in magazine “Moving Picture World”, 1918 (source)