March 9

Events in Women’s History

Empress Joséphine c. 1808 by François Gérard (source)

Empress Joséphine c. 1808 by François Gérard (source)

1796 – Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais.

1959 – Love her or hate her, the Barbie doll makes her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York. This is also Barbie’s official birthday.

Births

Taina Elg in 2012, Photo: Soppakanuuna (source)

Taina Elg in 2012, Photo: Soppakanuuna (source)

1839 – Phoebe Knapp, American organist and composer, wrote music for over 500 hymns including Blessed Assurance and Nearer the Cross lyrics by Fanny Crosby (d. 1908)

1928 – Graciela Olivarez, American lawyer and civil rights advocate, first woman and first Latina graduate of Notre Dame Law School, chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Director of the Community Services Administration under President Jimmy Carter (d. 1987)

1930 – Taina Elg, Finnish-American actress and dancer

1934 – Marlene Streit, Canadian golfer, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame

1934 – Joyce Van Patten, American actress

1936 – Glenda Jackson, British stage and film actress and politician, Academy Award winner

1938 – Lill-Babs, Swedish singer and actress

Deaths

1825 – Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet, author, and critic (b.1743)

1945 – Margot Frank, German-Dutch holocaust victim (b. 1926)

1947 – Carrie Chapman Catt, American suffragist, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founder of the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women (b. 1859)

1954 – Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)

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Carrie Chapman Catt c. 1914, Library of Congress (source)

Carrie Chapman Catt c. 1914, Library of Congress (source)

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