November 21

Events in Women’s History

Rebecca Felton, Biographical Directory of the US Congress

Rebecca Felton, Biographical Directory of the US Congress (source)

1922 – Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female and the oldest freshman (87 years old) United States Senator. She served for only one day, yielding her seat to Walter George. She is still the only woman to have served in the Senate for the state of Georgia. During her life she was prominent in society and as an writer, lecturer and reformer. She also ran all of her husband’s political campaigns.


Anne de Xainctonge, c. 1687, artist unknown

Anne de Xainctonge, c. 1687, artist unknown (source)

1567 – Anne de Xainctonge, French saint, founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin (d. 1621)

1761 – Dorothea Jordan, Irish actress (d. 1816)

1835 – Henrietta “Hetty” Robinson Green, American businesswoman, known for her frugality during the Gilded Age and as the first woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street (d. 1916)

1840 – Victoria, German Empress and Queen of Prussia as wife of Frederick III, daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1901)

1851 – Isabel Hapgood, American writer and translator. She specialized in Orthodox liturgical texts and was a major figure in the dialogue between Western christianity and Orthodoxy. (d. 1928)

1868 – Martha Wollstein, American physician and medical researcher, working at the Babies Hospital in New York and the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (d. 1939)

1870 – Mary Johnston, American novelist and women’s rights activist (d. 1936)

1897 – Mollie Steimer Russian-American anarchist, trade unionist, and anti-war activist d. 1980)

1899 – Jobyna Ralston, American actress (d. 1967)

1908 – Elizabeth George Speare, American author (d. 1994)

1912 – Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (d. 1982)

1922 – María Casares, Spanish-French actress (d. 1996)

1929 – Marilyn French, American author (d. 2009)

1932 – Dame Beryl Bainbridge, British author (d. 2010)

1937 – Ingrid Pitt, Polish-English actress (d. 2010)

1937 – Marlo Thomas, American actress and producer


1907 – Paula Modersohn-Becker, German painter, known for bold subject matter and color choices, with Picasso and Matisse introduced the world to modernism, one of the first women to paint nudes (b. 1876)

1924Florence Harding, American publisher, 31st First Lady of the United States (b. 1860)

1941 – Henrietta Vinton Davis American actress and playwright (b. 1860)

1980 – Sara García, Mexican actress (b. 1895)

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Florence Harding, c. 1920, Library of Congress

Florence Harding, c. 1920, Library of Congress (source)

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