November 9

Events in Women’s History

Mary Campbell Memorial

Mary Campbell Memorial (source)

1764 – Mary Campbell, a captive of the Lenape during the French and Indian War, is turned over to forces commanded by Colonel Henry Bouquet. (I couldn’t confirm the date exactly, but it was sometime in early November of 1764.)


Florence Sabin, 1922, Library of Congress

Florence Sabin, 1922, Library of Congress (source)

1389Isabella of Valois, Queen consort of England as second wife of Richard II (d. 1409)

1467Philippa of Guelders, Duchess of Lorraine, wife of René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1547)

1723 – Anna Amalia, Princess Abbess of Quedlinburg, daughter of Frederick William I of Prussia and Sophia Dorothea of Hanover (d. 1787)

1732Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, author and owner of a popular Paris salon (d. 1776)

1805 – Harriot Hunt, physician and advocate for women to receive formal medical training (d. 1875)

1833 – Sally Tompkins, humanitarian, philanthropist, and nurse during the American Civil War, established a private hospital in Richmond VA (d. 1916)

1847 – Mary Hallock Foote, American author and illustrator, primarily known for stories about mining communities in the American west. (d. 1938)

1866 – Florence Prag Kahn, American teacher and politician, first Jewish woman to serve in the United States Congress (d. 1948)

1869 – Marie Dressler, Canadian actress (d. 1934)

1871 – Florence Rena Sabin, American medical scientist, first woman to hold a full professorship at Johns Hopkins, first woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and first woman to head a department at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (d. 1953)

1905 – Erika Mann, German actress and author (d. 1969)

1914 – Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress and inventor (d. 2000)

1918 – Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions (d. 1995)

1921 – Pierrette Alarie, Canadian soprano (d. 2011)

1922 – Dorothy Dandridge, American actress and singer (d. 1965)

1923 – Alice Coachman, American high jumper and Olympic medalist

1923 – Elizabeth Hawley, American journalist

1928 – Anne Sexton, American poet (d. 1974)

1936 – Mary Travers, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul and Mary) (d. 2009)


1208 – Sancha of Castile, Queen of Aragon (b. 1155)

1699 – Hortense Mancini, mistress of Charles II of England (b. 1646)

1942 – Edna May Oliver, American actress (b. 1883)

1958 – Dorothy Canfield Fisher, author, educational reformer and social activist, brought the Montessori method to the United States (b. 1879)

1971 – Maude Fealy, American actress (b. 1883)

1985 – Marie-Georges Pascal, French actress (b. 1946)

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Hortense Mancini by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1671

Hortense Mancini by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1671 (source)

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