October 23

Events in Women’s History

Paulina Wright Davis, engraving by J.C. Buttre, Library of Congress (source)

Paulina Wright Davis, engraving by J.C. Buttre, Library of Congress (source)

1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Although other statewide conventions had been held, this was the first national convention drawing people from as far away as California. Lasting for two days, it drew close to 1000 people with Paulina Wright Davis presiding.

1915 – In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue for women’s suffrage


Queen Hedwig of Sweden, c. 1655

Queen Hedwig of Sweden, c. 1655 (source)

1634 – Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden, regent during the minority of her son (1660-1672) and grandson (1697) and during the absence of her grandson, Charles XII, during the Great Northern War (d. 1715)

1752 – Maria Anna Adamberger, Austrian stage actress (d. 1804)

1880 – Una O’Connor, Irish actress (d. 1959)

1897 – Marjorie Flack, American author (d. 1958)

1905 – Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (d. 2003)

1928 – Bella Darvi, Polish-French actress (d. 1971)

1931 – Diana Dors, British actress (d. 1984)

1940 – Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Raindrops) (d. 2009)

1940 – Jane Holzer, American model, actress, producer, and art collector


1730Anne Oldfield, English actress (b. 1683)

1959 – Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)

1978 – Maybelle Carter, American guitarist (Carter Family) (b. 1909)

1983 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (b. 1947)

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Gerda Lundequist, 1920s (source)

Gerda Lundequist, 1920s (source)


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