March 21

Events in Women’s History

 Statue of Pocahontas at Saint George's, Gravesend, Kent (source)

Statue of Pocahontas at Saint George’s, Gravesend, Kent (source)

1152 – The marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII of France is annulled.

1617 – Pocahontas is buried in the parish of Saint George’s, Gravesend.


Mihrimah Sultan c. 1555 by Titian (source)

Mihrimah Sultan c. 1555 by Titian (source)

1474 – Angela Merici, Italian saint, founder of the Order of Ursulines (d. 1540)

1522Mihrimah Sultan, Ottoman daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, functioned as Valide Sultan for her brother Selim II (d. 1578)

1801 – Maria Theresa of Austria, Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Tuscany by birth, Queen of Sardinia as wife of Charles Albert (d. 1855)

1857 – Alice Henry, Australian journalist, suffragist and trade union proponent, member of the Women’s Trade Union League (d. 1943)

1859 – Daria Pratt, American golfer and Olympic medalist (d. 1938)

1866 – Antonia Maury, American astronomer, published a catalog of stellar spectra (d. 1952)

1905 – Phyllis McGinley, American author and poet, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1961 (d. 1978)

1923 – Nirmala Srivastava, Indian founder of Sahaja Yoga (d. 2011)

1931 – Catherine Gibson, Scottish championship swimmer and Olympic medalist (d. 2013)

1942 – Amina Claudine Myers, American singer-songwriter, jazz pianist, composer and arranger

1943 – Vivian Stanshall, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and painter (d. 1995)


1920 – Evelina Haverfield Scottish nurse, suffragette and aid worker (b. 1867)

1943 – Cornelia Fort, American pilot in the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, first American female pilot to die during active duty (b. 1919)

1974 – Candy Darling, American actress, transwoman and one of Andy Warhol’s Superstars (b. 1944)

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Cornelia Fort c. 1941 in Hawaii (source)

Cornelia Fort c. 1941 in Hawaii (source)

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