November 30

Events in Women’s History

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, 1957, publicity photo (source)

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, 1957, publicity photo (source)

1940 – Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.


Veronica Gambara, c. 1517, by Antonio da Correggio

Veronica Gambara, c. 1517, by Antonio da Correggio (source)

1485 – Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, stateswoman and political leader (d. 1550)

1719 – Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales, Dowager Princess of Wales, and mother of George III of the United Kingdom (d. 1772)

1813 – Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet (d. 1890)

1824 – Mary Hayden Pike, American author (d. 1908)

1843 – Martha Ripley, American physician and founder of the Maternity Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1912)

1870 – Princess Henriette of Belgium (d. 1948)

1874 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (d. 1942)

1887 – Beatrice Kerr, Australian swimmer, diver, and aquatic performer (d. 1971)

1916 – Countess Andrée De Jongh, Belgian nurse, artist, member of the Belgian Resistance during WWII, helped Allied soldiers escape occupied territory (d. 2007)

1924 – Shirley Chisholm, American educator, politician, and author. She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first black candidate from a major party. (d. 2005)

1928 – Takako Doi, Japanese politician and lawyer, advocated for the signing of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in 1985, first woman to lead a political party division as Vice Chair, and then Chair, of the Japan Socialist Party, Chair Social Democratic Pary

1929 – Joan Ganz Cooney, American television producer, co-founded Sesame Workshop

1937 – Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese-American physician and author


1930 – Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Irish-American labor and community organizer (b. 1837)

1934 – Hélène Boucher, French pilot (b. 1908)

1943 – Etty Hillesum, Dutch author. Her diaries, published posthumously, describe life for a young Jewish woman in Amsterdam during the German occupation of WWII. (b. 1914)

2010 – Daya Mata, American spiritual leader, president and sanghamata of the Self-Realization Fellowship created by Paramahansa Yogananda (b. 1914)

2015Fatema Mernissi, Moroccan sociologist and scholar, one of the founders of Islamic feminism (b. 1940)

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Hélène Boucher, 1933

Hélène Boucher, 1933 (source)

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