November 18

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!


Eleonora Gonzaga by Frans Luycx

Eleonora Gonzaga by Frans Luycx (source)

1630 – Eleonora Gonzaga, wife of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1686)

1774 – Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands as wife of William I (d. 1837)

1825 – Ellen Curtis Demorest, milliner, widely credited with creating tissue-paper dressmaking patterns (d. 1898)

1826 – Susan Tolman Mills, co-founder of Mills College (d. 1912)

1857 – Rose Markward Knox, American businesswoman, ran the Knox Gelatin Factory after her husband died; she gave her workers a 5-day work week and two weeks paid vacation, and survived the Depression without letting any workers go. (d. 1950)

1861 – Dorothy Dix, pseudonym American journalist Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (d. 1951)

1882 – Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano (d. 1963)

1904 – Esther McCoy, American architectural historian and author, known for work with modern architecture of California (d. 1989)

1908 – Imogene Coca, American actress (d. 2001)

1912 – Hilda Nickson, British author (d. 1977)

1919 – Georgia Carroll, American singer and actress (d. 2011)

1928 – Sheila Jordan, American jazz singer and songwriter, known as a pioneer of bebop and scat jazz with an upright bass as accompaniment and for her improvisational skills

1929 – Gianna D’Angelo, American soprano

1939 – Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, author, and critic

1939 – Amanda Lear, Hong Kong-French singer-songwriter and actress

1945 – Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee chief, first woman to be Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985-1995), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, inductee of the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Women’s Hall of Fame (d. 2010)

1948 – Ana Mendieta, Cuban-American artist, used performance art, painting, sculpting, and video, known for “earth-body” art work; her death from a fall from her 34th floor apartment, was controversial, with her husband being tried and acquitted. (d. 1985)


1154Adelaide of Maurienne, also known as Adelaide of Savoy, second wife, but first Queen consort of Louis VI of France (b. 1092)

1909 – Renée Vivien, British poet who wrote in the French language (d. 1877)

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Renée Vivien, photographer unknown

Renée Vivien, photographer unknown (source)

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