March 4

Events in Women’s History

Frances Perkins looks on as President Roosevelt signs a labor relations act c. 1933 (source)

Frances Perkins looks on as President Roosevelt signs a labor relations act c. 1933 (source)

1917 – Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.

1933 – Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet.

1983 – Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.


Anne d'Arpajon c. 1746 by Pierre Louis de Surugue (source)

Anne d’Arpajon c. 1746 by Pierre Louis de Surugue (source)

1188 – Blanche of Castile, Queen consort of France as wife of Louis VIII (d. 1252)

1729 – Anne d’Arpajon, Countess de Noailles as wife of Philippe de Noailles, first lady of honor to Marie Leszczyńska and Marie Antoinette, both Queens of France; she and her husband both died by guillotine.  (d. 1794)

1781 – Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)

1815 – Myrtilla Miner, American educator and abolitionist, established the Normal School for Colored Girls in Washington DC which eventually merged with other schools to become the University of the District of Columbia (d. 1864)

1883 – Maude Fealy, American actress (d. 1971)

1887 – Violet MacMillan, American actress (d. 1953)

1889 – Pearl White, American stage and silent film actress, known for doing her own stunts and for her role in The Perils of Pauline (d. 1938)

1891 – Lois W., American activist, co-founder of Al-Anon (d. 1988)

1899 – Liana Del Balzo, Argentinian-Italian actress (d. 1982)

1902 – Rachel Messerer, Russian actress (d. 1993)

1903 – Carrie Best, Canadian journalist (d. 2001)

1903 – Dorothy Mackaill, English-born American silent film actress (d. 1990)

1913 – Marguerite Taos Amrouche, Algerian author and singer, one of the earliest Algerian women to publish a novel in French, collected and interpreted Kabylie Berber songs with the help of her mother who was of Kabylie heritage (d. 1976)


1238 – Joan of England, Queen of Scotland (b. 1210)

1944 – Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and women’s rights activist, known for her efforts to have African Americans officially represented on the Board of Control at the World Columbian Exposition in 1893 (b. 1855)

1945 – Lucille La Verne, American stage and film actress, known for her range and versatility on stage (b. 1872)

1975 – Renée Björling, Swedish actress (b. 1898)

1977 – Nancy Tyson Burbidge, Australian botanist, conservationist and curator who wrote extensively on the flora of Australia (b. 1912)

1979 – Gladys McConnell, American actress and aviatrix (b. 1905)

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Lucille La Verne c. 1915 (source)

Lucille La Verne c. 1915 (source)