May 11

Events in Women’s History

973Ælfthryth is crowned Queen consort of England. She is the wife of King Edgar of England and mother of Æthelred, his successor.


Laskarina Bouboulina, artist unknown (source)

Laskarina Bouboulina, artist unknown (source)

1366Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England as wife of Richard II (d. 1394)

1733 – Princess Victoire of France, Fille de France as daughter of King Louis XV and Queen consort Maria Leszczyńska (d. 1799)

1771Laskarina Bouboulina, Greek commander, heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, Admiral of the Imperial Russian Navy (d. 1825)

1817 – Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballerina and choreographer, became known for her choreography after she presented her own ballet, Rosida (d. 1909)

1875 – Harriet Quimby, American pilot and screenwriter, first woman granted a U.S. pilot’s license, first woman to fly across the English Channel (d. 1912)

1884 – Alma Gluck, Romanian-born American operatic soprano and concert singer, one of the most famous singers in the world at her peak c. 1910 (d. 1938)

1892 – Dame Margaret Rutherford, British actress, known for her portrayal of Miss Marple, Academy Award winner (d. 1972)

1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer, known for her tremendous impact on modern dance over a 70 year career, founder of the oldest dance company in the United States, recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown (d. 1991)

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross in 1961 by Carl Van Vechten (source)

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross in 1961 by Carl Van Vechten (source)

1896 – Mari Sandoz, American author, lecturer and teacher, known for writing about pioneer life and the Plains Indians (d. 1966)

1905 – Catherine Bauer Wurster, American urban planner and public housing advocate, known for her influential book Modern Housing (d. 1964)

1906 – Jacqueline Cochran, American aviator, gifted racing pilot, contributor to the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp (WAAC) and Women Airforce Service Pilotos (WASP) (d. 1980)

1907 – Rose Ausländer, Jewish German-English language poet, newspaper editor (d. 1988)

1918 – Sheila Burnford, British author, known for her book The Incredible Journey which was the basis of the 1963 Disney film of the same name (d. 1984)

1921 – Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician, chemist and science journalist, German presidential candidate in 1993

1936 – Carla Bley, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill

1943 – Nancy Greene, Canadian athlete and politician, champion alpine skier, Olympic medalist and Canadian Senator


1849 – Juliette Récamier, French businesswoman, salon leader (b. 1777)

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Juliette Récamier by Jacques-Louis David (source)

Juliette Récamier by Jacques-Louis David (source)

2 thoughts on “May 11

  1. May 11, 1929 – Delta Kappa Gamma Society International founded by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton in Austin, Texas, to improve opportunities for women educators and promote excellence in education

  2. 1068 – Matilda is crowned Queen
    William brought his wife Matilda of Flander to England to crown her Queen of England. Matilda’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey and the ceremony was performed by the archbishop of York.

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