May 25

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Princess Dukhye of Korea c. 1923 (source)

Princess Dukhye of Korea c. 1923 (source)

1680 – Elizabeth Haddon, American colonialist, founder of Haddon Township and Haddonfield, New Jersey; her courtship with John Estaugh is described in Longfellow’s poem “Elizabeth” from Tales of a Wayside Inn. (d. 1762)

1846 – Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, founding member of the Royal Red Cross and the Royal School of Needlework, president of the Royal British Nurses’ Association (d. 1923)

1886 – Leta Stetter Hollingworth, American psychologist, known for her work in psychology of women, clinical and educational psychology, and work with exceptional children (d. 1939)

1887 – Sue Shelton White, American feminist and suffragist (d. 1943)

1905 – Dorothy Porter Wesley, African American librarian, bibliographer and curator, known for her work on the world-class research collection at the Moorland-Springarn Research Center at Howard University (d. 1995)

1909 – Marie Menken, American painter and experimental filmmaker (d. 1970)

1912 – Princess Deokhye of Korea, the last princess of Korea (d. 1989)

1913Brownie Wise, American business entrepreneur, developed (but did not originate) the “party plan” method of marketing into a system specifically for Tupperware (d. 1992)

1925 – Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet and author, known for her work dealing with cultural and gender oppression, considered one of Mexico’s most important literary figures of the 20th century (d. 1974)

1928 – Mary Wells Lawrence, American executive and businesswoman, first woman CEO of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, first female executive of an advertising firm in the United States

1929 – Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano and manager, general manager of the New York City Opera, Chair of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera (d. 2007)


Annette von Droste-Hülshoff c. 1838 by Johann Joseph Sprick (source)

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff c. 1838 by Johann Joseph Sprick (source)

1693 – Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette, better known as Madame de La Fayette, French author, known for La Princesse de Clèves, France’s first historical novel (b. 1634)

1848 – Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German author, poet and composer; best known for her poetry and the novella Die Judenbuche, however 74 of her songs and portions of 4 unpublished operas survive (b. 1797)

1899 – Rosa Bonheur, French painter and sculptor, one of the most famous female painters of the 19th century (b. 1822)

1919 – Eliza Pollock, American archer and Olympic medalist in 1904 (b. 1840)

1919 – Madam C. J. Walker, American entrepreneur and philanthropist, first woman self-made millionaire in America (b. 1867)

1924 – Lyubov Popova, Russian painter and designer, part of the Cubo-Futurism, Suprematism, and Constructivism movements (b. 1889)

1951 – Paula von Preradović, Austrian poet, composed the national anthem of Austria, Land der Berge, Land am Strome (b. 1887)

1977 – Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian author and educator; although she always denied it, she was arrested and convicted for participation in a “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist group” and served an 18-year sentence in the Gulag; she wrote her memoir, Journey into the Whirlwind, which had to be smuggled out of the USSR for publication. (b. 1904)

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