March 7

Events in Women’s History

203 – Christian martyrs Perpetua and Felicity are executed. Perpetua recorded her experiences in prison in a diary.


Virginia Pearson c. 1918, Library of Congress (source)

Virginia Pearson c. 1918, Library of Congress (source)

1873 – Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American character  and entertainer, inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1986 (d. 1959)

1886 – Virginia Pearson, American stage and film actress (d. 1958)

1869 – Abby Lillian Marlatt, American educator, part of the home economics movement in the late 19th century, first director of the home economics department at University of Wisconsin (d. 1943)

1875 – Mary Teresa Norton, American politician, labor and women’s rights advocate, first female Democrat to serve in the US House of Representatives (d. 1959)

1893 – Lorena A. Hickok, American journalist and author, chief investigator for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, executive director of the Women’s Division of the Democratic National Committee, possibly the country’s best known female reporter in the 1930s, close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt (d. 1968)

1908 – Anna Magnani, Italian actress, Academy Award winner (d. 1973)

1917 – Betty Holberton, American engineer and programmer (d. 2001)

1922 – Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician, known for her work in partial differential equations and fluid dynamics (d. 2004)

1938 – Janet Guthrie, American race car driver, first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500

1942 – Tammy Faye Messner, American evangelist, talk show host, and singer, previously Tammy Faye Baker, wife of evangelist Jim Baker (d. 2007)


203Perpetua, Christian martyr, Perpetua is known for her diary account of her time in prison before the execution with her slave Felicity (born c. 181)

1578 – Margaret Douglas, daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen dowager of Scotland, grandmother of James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (b. 1515)

1729 – Henrietta Johnston, American colonist artist in pastels, earliest recorded female artist in the American English colonies (born c. 1674)

1913 – Pauline Johnson, also known as Tekahionwake, her Mohawk name, Canadian poet known for poems and performances celebrating her First Nations heritage (b. 1861)

1942 – Lucy Parsons, American labor organizer, orator and activist, member of the Industrial Workers of the World; her husband Albert Parsons was executed as a result of the Haymarket Affair (b. 1853)

1943 – Alma Moodie, Australian violinist and teacher, one of the foremost female violinist in the inter-war years, she left no recordings (b. 1898)

1965 – Louise Mountbatten, Queen consort of Sweden as wife of Gustaf VI Adolf (b. 1889)

1967 – Alice B. Toklas, American-born French author and salon hostess, long time partner of Gertrude Stein (b. 1877)

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The martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity, artist unknown c. 1000 CE (source)

The martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity, artist unknown c. 1000 CE (source)

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