March 13

Events in Women’s History

1997 – India’s Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.


Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (source)

Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (source)

963 – Anna Porphyrogenita (born in the purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor’s Palace), Grand Princess of Kiev as wife of Vladimir the Great, Vladimir became a Christian and began the Christianizing of Rus after his marriage (d. 1011)

1753 – Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon, Duchess of Orléans as wife of Louis Philippe II, mother of King Louis Philippe I (d. 1821)

1762 – Anine Frölich, Danish ballerina, one of the first Danish ballerinas (d. 1784)

1798 – Abigail Fillmore, First Lady of the United States as wife of Millard Fillmore (d. 1853)

1892 – Janet Flanner, American journalist and author, Paris correspondent for The New Yorker for 50 years, her pseudonym was “Genêt”  (d. 1978)

1916 – Lindy Boggs, American politician, member of the US House of Representatives, Ambassador to the Vatican, first woman to preside over a major party convention, the 1976 Democratic National Convention (d. 2013)

1928 – Ellen Raskin, American author, illustrator and fashion designer (d. 1984)

1930 – Jan Howard, American singer-songwriter, Grand Ole Opry star, Grammy nominee

1935 – Leslie Parrish, American actress

1936 – Nana Meskhidze, Georgian painter, known for her works on children and motherhood (d. 1997)

1938 – Erma Franklin, American singer, American gospel and R&B, Grammy nominee for Piece of My Heart, older sister of Aretha Franklin (d. 2002)

1940 – Jacqueline Sassard, French actress, best known for appearances in Italian films

1941 – Donella Meadows, American environmental scientist, teacher and author, known as the leader author of The Limits to Growth (d. 2001)


410 – Saint Euphrasia, daughter of a Roman nobleman, Antigonus, who withdrew with her mother to a monastery in Egypt at a young age after her father’s death (b. 380)

1767 – Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony and Dauphine of France as wife of Louis de France, mother of Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, Charles X of France and Marie Clothilde, Queen of Sardinia (b. 1731)

1906 – Susan B. Anthony, American abolitionist, women’s rights activist, orator and suffragist, co-founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association and the women’s rights journal The Revolution (b. 1820)

1924 – Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, American publisher, journalist, and activist, editor of Women’s Era, the first newspaper published by and for African-American women, co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association (b. 1842)

1925 – Lucille Ricksen, American actress (b. 1909)

1941 – Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (b. 1881)

1995 – Odette Hallowes, French-born English nurse and Allied heroine of WWII (b. 1912)

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Saint Euphrasia carrying rocks as penitence from "Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints," 1878 (source)

Saint Euphrasia carrying rocks as penitence from “Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints,” 1878 (source)

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  1. Pingback: #31DaysofWomenMakingHistory: On this day in women’s history… | Uncanny Pop

  2. on this day – 1964 – Kitty Genovese is murdered outside her Queens, NY, apt. building while multiple witnesses do nothing, leading to the coining of the term “bystander effect” or “Genovese syndrome”, and prompting psychological research into the area of diffusion of responsibility

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