March 3

Events in Women’s History

Official Program for the Woman Suffrage Procession of March 3, 1913, Library of Congress (source)

Official Program for the Woman Suffrage Procession of March 3, 1913, Library of Congress (source)

1873 – The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail. This was used against Margaret Sanger, among others, to try to prevent distribution of information about contraceptives.

1913 – The suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. draws thousands of people. It is organized by a committee led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. The parade is led by Inez Milholland on a white horse.

Births

Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz c. 1797 by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein (source)

Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz c. 1797 by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein (source)

1678 – Madeleine de Verchères, Canadian leader who as a young girl led the fight against Iroquois warriors who attacked Fort Verchères. (d. 1747)

1778 – Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen consort of Hanover as wife of Ernest Augustus I (d. 1841)

1848 – Adelaide Neilson, English actress (d. 1880)

1880 – Florence Auer, American actress (d. 1962)

1893 – Beatrice Wood, American illustrator and potter (d. 1998)

1894 – Ethel Grandin, American actress (d. 1988)

1911 – Jean Harlow, American actress (d. 1937)

1913 – Margaret Bonds, American pianist and composer (d. 1972)

1917 – Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist, known for her work to make medical use of nuclear technology affordable, organizer of the Atomic Energy for Peace Conference (d. 1952)

1921 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (d. 1960)

1924 – Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (d. 1948)

1926 – Lys Assia, Swiss singer

1928 – Daphne Slater, English actress (d. 2012)

1933 – Margaret Fink, Australian film producer

Deaths

1929 – Katharine Wright, American educator, primarily known for being the only surviving sister of Wilbur and Orville Wright; she traveled with them and was much more popular than the shy brothers. She became an officer in the Wright Company and handled business affairs. (b. 1874)

1946 – Pauline Whittier, American golfer and Olympic medalist (b. 1876)

1966 – Alice Pearce, American comedic actress, best known for her role as Gladys Kravitz on the television show Bewitched for which she won an Emmy (b. 1917)

1996 – Marguerite Duras, French author and film director (b. 1914)

Previous Day    –    Next Day

Katharine Wright at graduation from Oberlin College in 1896 (source)

Katharine Wright at graduation from Oberlin College in 1896 (source)

3 thoughts on “March 3

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

Leave a Reply