March 24

Events in Women’s History

Ulrika Eleonora by David von Krafft (source)

Ulrika Eleonora by David von Krafft (source)

1720 – Ulrika Eleonora abdicates the throne of Sweden and her husband, Count Frederick of Hesse-Kassel is elected king by the Riksdag of the Estates.

1976 – Armed forces overthrow the government of President Isabel Perón of Argentina. She served as both First Lady and Vice-president for her husband Juan Perón, and became President when he died in 1974.


Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, artist unknown (source)

Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, artist unknown (source)

1628 – Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway as wife of Frederick III (d. 1685)

1808 – Maria Malibran, Spanish mezzo-soprano, known for her stormy personality, intensity and extraordinary range that allowed her to sing both contralto and soprano roles (d. 1836)

1820 – Fanny Crosby, American poet, author, lyricist and composer, wrote over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs including “Blessed Assurance” (d. 1915)

1826 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author, abolitionist, suffragist and freethinker (d. 1898)

1827 – Candace Thurber Wheeler, American interior and textile designer, instrumental in opening interior design to women, the development of art classes for women, and the formation of Decorative Art societies across the country (d. 1923)

1890 – Agnes Macphail, Canadian politician, first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons (d. 1954)

1899Dorothy Constance Stratton, educator and director of SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during WWII (d. 2006)

1905 – Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino author, professor, translator, and diplomat (d. 2007)

1906 – Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Ukrainian-Russian jazz and pop singer, awarded the Order of the Red Star, named People’s Artist of the USSR in 1971 (d. 1984)

1912 – Dorothy Height, American educator, administrator and activist, president of the National Council of Negro Women, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal (d. 2010)

1922 – Onna White, Canadian dancer and choreographer, nominated for 8 Tony Awards (d. 2005)

1935 – Carol Kaye, American bass player, one of the most prolific bass guitarists in history with an estimated 10,000 recording sessions

1947 – Christine Gregoire, American politician, former Governor of the state of Washington

1947 – Meiko Kaji, Japanese actress and singer


1381 – Catherine of Vadstena, Swedish saint, daughter of Saint Birgitta, head of the Brigittine convent founded by her mother (b. 1332)

1558 – Anna van Egmont, Countess of Buren, Leerdam, Lingen and Egmond by birth, Princess consort of Orange as wife of William the Silent (b. 1533)

1603 – Elizabeth I, Queen regnant of England and Ireland (b. 1533)

1948 – Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish painter in the Modernist movement; she produced roughly 500 paintings over a period of 30 years before being permanently hospitalized for schizophrenia. She died after an unsuccessful lobotomy. (b. 1885)

1953 – Mary of Teck, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India as wife of George V (b. 1867)

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Sigrid Hjertén (source)

Sigrid Hjertén (source)

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