November 17

Events in Women’s History

Elizabeth I c. 1563 by Steven van der Meulen (source)

Elizabeth I c. 1563 by Steven van der Meulen (source)

1558 – Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I.

1934 – Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor, future First Lady of the United States marries Lyndon Johnson the future 36th President of the US.

2013Doris Lessing, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies at her home in London . She was 94 years old.


Voltairine de Cleyre (source)

Voltairine de Cleyre (source)

1729 – Maria Antonia Ferdinanda, Infanta of Spain, Queen consort of Sardinia as wife of Victor Amadeus III (d. 1785)

1915 – Eliza Farnham, American novelist, abolitionist, feminist, and prison reform advocate (d. 1864)

1866 – Voltairine de Cleyre, American author, orator and activist (d. 1912)

1870 – Winifred Holt, American sculptor and welfare worker; her concern for the blind resulted in the founding of the New York Association for the Blind, which later became Lighthouse International (d. 1945)

1878 – Grace Abbott, American social worker who worked specifically to advance child welfare, sister of Edith Abbott (d. 1939)

1881 – Mary Harriman Rumsey, founder of The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements (d. 1934)

1905 – Astrid of Sweden, Queen of the Belgians as wife of Leopold III (d. 1935)

1927 – Fenella Fielding, British stage, film, television and voice actress

1977 – Oksana Baiul, 1994 Olympic champion figure skater. She is the first and to date the only skater to win the gold in the Olympics for Ukraine.


Catherine II by Fyodor Rokotov

Catherine II by Fyodor Rokotov (source)

1231 – Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess and Catholic saint, widowed at 20 and used her dowry to build a hospital where she served the sick, symbol of Christian charity (b. 1207)

1558 – Mary I, Queen regnant of England (b. 1516)

1796 – Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia as wife of Peter III and then in her own right until her death (b. 1729)

1818 – Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, wife of King George III (b. 1744)

1936 – Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian-born operatic contralto (b. 1861)

2013Doris Lessing, British novelist, poet and biographer, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1919)

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