May 27

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!


Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine (source)

Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine (source)

1652 – Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine, wife of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, Louis XIV used her hereditary claim to the Palatinate to launch the Nine Years’ War, known for her voluminous correspondence giving details of life at court (d. 1722)

1792 – Julia Evelina Smith, American suffragist, author and translator, known for Abby Smith and her Cows about tax resistance in the struggle for suffrage and for translating the Bible from the original languages (d. 1886)

1818 – Amelia Bloomer, American temperance and women’s rights advocate, editor of The Lily, the first newspaper specifically for women (d. 1894)

1819 – Julia Ward Howe, American abolitionist, poet and the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (d. 1910)

1820 – Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and salon holder, daughter of Jérôme Bonaparte and Catharina of Württemberg (d. 1904)

1849 – Alzina Parsons Stevens, American labor leader and journalist, known for her work at Hull House and as a leader of the Knights of Labor (d. 1900)

1861 – Victoria Earle Matthews, American author, essayist, journalist, settlement worker and activist; founder of the White Rose Mission, a settlement house for young black women (d. 1907)

1877 – Isadora Duncan, American dancer, known for the development of free and natural movements in modern dance (d. 1927)

1907 – Rachel Carson, American biologist and author, known for her book Silent Spring and for advancing the environmental movement (d. 1964)

1915 – Ester Soré, Chilean singer (d. 1996)

1931 – Faten Hamama, Egyptian film and television actress, screenwriter and producer, recipient of many awards and honors, including being chosen Star of the Century by the Egyptian Writers and Critics in 2000


Denise Legeay, cover of Mon Ciné magazine, number 60, 12 April 1923 (source)

Denise Legeay, cover of Mon Ciné magazine, number 60, 12 April 1923 (source)

1541Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, one of two women in 16th century to be a peeress in her own right, executed at the order of Henry VIII and beatified as a martyr for the Roman Catholic Church in 1886 (b. 1473)

1968 – Denise Legeay, French silent film actress (b. 1898)

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3 thoughts on “May 27

  1. 1967 – The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.

    2008 – The State Peace and Development Council extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest by one year.
    Police in Burma detain more than a dozen members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

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