November 11

Events in Women’s History

Seal of Matilda of Scotland (sometimes called Maud)

Seal of Matilda of Scotland, sometimes called Maud (source)

1100Matilda of Scotland, the daughter of Malcolom III, marries Henry I of England


Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, 1619, artist unknown

Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, 1619, artist unknown (source)

1599 – Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, Queen consort of Sweden as wife of Gustavus Adolphus (d. 1655)

1846 – Anna Katharine Green, American poet and novelist, called “the mother of the detective novel” (d. 1935)

1857 – Janet Erskine Stuart, British nun and educator (d. 1914)

1846 – Maude Adams, American stage actress, known for her portrayal of Peter Pan on Broadway in 1905. She was one of the highest paid performers of her day with an income of over a million dollars during her peak. (d. 1953)

1869 – Antoinette F. Buchholz Konikow, Russian-born American physician, feminist and political activist, founding member of the Communist Party of America, pioneer in the American birth control movement, known for her book Voluntary Motherhood (d. 1946)

1886 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast. (d. 1983)

1896 – Shirley Graham Du Bois, American author, playwright, composer, and civil rights activist; recipient of the Messner and Anisfield-Wolf prizes; later in life she married W.E.B. Du Bois. (d. 1977)

1915 – Anna Schwartz, American economist and author (d. 2012)

1925 – June Whitfield, British actress

1929 – LaVern Baker, American singer and actress (d. 1997)

1936 – Mala Sinha, Indian actress

1940 – Barbara Boxer, American stockerbroker, journalist, politician, served in the US House of Representatives, currently a United States senator for California

1942 – Diane Wolkstein, American author (d. 2013


1880 – Lucretia Mott, American Quaker, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and social reformer (b. 1793)

1917 – Liliʻuokalani, Queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii and last ruling monarch (b. 1838)

1938 – Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, Irish-American carrier of typhoid fever (b. 1869)

1953 – Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (b. 1866)

1977 – Greta Keller, Austrian-American actress and singer (b. 1903)

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Liliʻuokalani, Queen of the Hawaiian Islands

Liliʻuokalani, Queen of the Hawaiian Islands (source)

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