November 28

Events in Women’s History

Lady Astor c. 1908 by John Singer Sargent

Lady Astor c. 1908 by John Singer Sargent (source)

1893 – Women vote in a national election for the first time in New Zealand.

1919 – Nancy Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons.


Margaret Tudor by Daniel Mijtens

Margaret Tudor by Daniel Mijtens (source)

1489Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland as wife of James IV (d. 1541)

1700 – Sophia Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway as wife of Christian VI (d. 1770)

1853 – Helen Magill White, American first woman to earn a Ph.D. in the United States (d. 1944)

1894 – Genevieve Taggard , American poet (d. 1948)

1896 – Dawn Powell, American author (d. 1965)

1904 – Nancy Mitford, British author (d. 1973)

1907 – Rose Bampton, American soprano (d. 2007)

1916 – Lilian, Princess of Réthy, second wife of Leopold III. She was given the title Princess of Réthy when she declined the title of Queen of Belgium. (d. 2002)

1923 – Gloria Grahame, American actress (d. 1981)

1931 – Dervla Murphy, Irish cyclist and author

1933 – Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

1941 – Laura Antonelli, Italian actress


1290Eleanor of Castile, Queen consort of England as wife of Edward I, Countess of Ponthieu in her own right (b. 1241)

1872Mary Somerville, Scottish mathematician and author (b. 1780)

1899 – Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, mistress of Napoleon III of France (b. 1837)

1945 – Marie Manning, American author and columnist (b. 1872)

1962 – Wilhelmina, Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (b. 1880)

1963 – Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (b. 1941)

1968 – Enid Blyton, British children’s author using the pseudonym Mary Pollock (b. 1897)

1973Marthe Bibesco, Romanian-French author (b. 1886)

1976 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (b. 1907)

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Mary Fairfax Somerville, c. 1834, by Thomas Phillips

Mary Fairfax Somerville, c. 1834, by Thomas Phillips (source)

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