November 19

Events in Women’s History

1834Jane Means Appleton, future First Lady of the United States, marries Franklin Pierce.


Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi, artist unknown

Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi, artist unknown (source)

1597 – Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate (d. 1660)

1828Rani Lakshmibai, Indian queen known for fearlessly leading her people into battle (d. 1858)

1876Tatyana Ehrenfest-Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician (d. 1964)

1895 – Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer, known primarily for her work with Harper’s Bazaar (d. 1989)

1900 – Anna Seghers,  pseudonym for Netty Reiling, a German-Jewish author, know for depicting experiences during World War II; her novel The Seventh Cross (1942), and its subsequent movie starring Spencer Tracy (1944), were among the few depictions of Nazi concentration camps during the war. (d. 1983)

1917 – Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of India (d. 1984)

1926 – Jeane Kirkpatrick, American diplomat, 16th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2006)


1557 – Bona Sforza, Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania as wife of Sigismund I the Old (b. 1494)

1887Emma Lazarus, American poet, known for her sonnet inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty which include the words “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” (b. 1849)

1904 – Ednah Dow Cheney, American author, lecturer, reformer and philanthropist, active in the Freedman’s Aid Society, Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, and the New England Hospital for Women and children among others (b. 1824)

1960 – Phyllis Haver, American actress (b. 1899)

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Bono Sforza, c. 1557, artist unknown

Bona Sforza, c. 1557, artist unknown (source)

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