March 17

Events in Women’s History

Golda Meir in 1973 by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report (source)

Golda Meir in 1973 by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report (source)

1905 – Eleanor Roosevelt marries Franklin Roosevelt, future President of the United States. The current President Theodore Roosevelt gives away the bride, his niece.

1912 – Camp Fire Girls are formally founded.

1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

Births

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre c. 1700 by François de Troy (source)

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre c. 1700 by François de Troy (source)

1665 – Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist and composer (d. 1729)

1754Marie-Jeanne Phlippon Roland, better known as Madame Roland, a supporter of the French Revolution and the Girondist faction. She was executed by guillotine. (d. 1793)

1820 – Jean Ingelow, English poet and novelist (d. 1897)

1846 – Kate Greenaway, English author and illustrator (d. 1901)

1849 – Clara Morris, Canadian-born American actress, BD sometimes given as 1846/48 (d. 1925)

1849 – Cornelia Maria Clapp, American zoologist specializing in marine biology (d. 1934)

1873 – Margaret Bondfield, British Labour politician and feminist, first woman Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom, one of the first three women to be Labour Members of Parliament (d. 1953)

1886 – Princess Patricia of Connaught, relinquished her title as a British princess when she married a commoner, Alexander Ramsay (d. 1974)

1896 – Tadj ol-Molouk, Queen of Iran as wife of Reza Shah (d. 1982)

1899 – Radie Britain, American pianist, writer, educator and composer (d. 1994)

1906 – Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)

1926 – Marjory Shedd, Canadian championship badminton player (d. 2008)

1930 – Betty Allen, American operatic mezzo-soprano, voice teacher and administrator (d. 2009)

1933 – Myrlie Evers-Williams, American journalist and civil rights activist, author and chair of the NAACP, worked to seek justice for the murder of her husband Medgar Evers

1936 – Patty Maloney, American actress

1938 – Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters) (d. 2007)

1944 – Pattie Boyd, English model, author, and photographer

Deaths

659 – Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian nun (b. 626)

1941 – Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)

1949 – Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter and designer (b. 1882)

1956Irène Joliot-Curie, French physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 1935, daughter of Nobel laureates Marie and Pierre Curie (b. 1897)

1961 – Susanna M. Salter, American politician (b. 1860)

1993 – Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)

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Aleksandra Ekster (source)

Aleksandra Ekster (source)

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