May 7

Events in Women’s History

Joan of Arc leading an assault at the siege of Orléans (source)

Joan of Arc leading an assault at the siege of Orléans (source)

1429 – Joan of Arc leads the final charge ending the Siege of Orléans, reportedly after pulling an arrow from her own shoulder. The victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War.


Olympe de Gouges by Alexander Kucharsky (source)

Olympe de Gouges by Alexander Kucharsky (source)

1748Olympe de Gouges, French author, playwright, abolitionist and feminist, known for her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, executed during the Reign of Terror for her opposition to the Revolutionary government (d. 1793)

1767 – Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, daughter of Frederick William II, Duchess of York and Albany as wife of Prince Frederick (d. 1820)

1818 – Juliet Opie Hopkins, American nurse and administrator during the Civil War, “the Florence Nightingale of the South”, coordinated civilian medical aid and donation efforts, buried in Arlington National Cemetery, member of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame (d. 1890)

1826 – Varina Davis, author, columnist for the New York World, First Lady of the Confederate States of America as wife of Jefferson Davis, worked to reconcile people from the North and South after the Civil War (d. 1906)

1919 – La Esterella, Flemish singer, member of the Hall of Fame of the Flemish Song, retired in 1962 then resumed her career twenty years later (d. 2011)

1919 – Eva Perón, Argentinian actress, First Lady of Argentina as wife of Juan Perón, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Head of Argentine Ministry of Health, President of the Eva Perón Foundation (d. 1952)

1927 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala CBE, German-born author and screenwriter, recipient of the Booker Prize and two Academy Awards (d. 2013)

1930 – Totie Fields, American comedian and author (d. 1978)

1940 – Angela Carter, British author and journalist, known for Nights at the Circus winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, ranked 10th in The Times 2008 list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945” (d. 1992)


Mary of Modena by Simon Pietersz Verelst, 1680

Mary of Modena by Simon Pietersz Verelst, 1680 (source)

1718 – Mary of Modena, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland as wife of James II and VII (b. 1658)

1967 – Anne Bauchens, American film editor and Academy Award winner, known for her collaboration with director Cecil B. DeMille (b. 1882)

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