October 27

Events in Women’s History

Wallis Simpson circa 1915

Wallis Simpson circa 1915 (source)

1936 – Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne.


Miniature of the wedding of Catherine de Valois and Henry V

Miniature of the wedding of Catherine de Valois and Henry V (source)

1401 – Catherine of Valois, Queen consort of England as wife of Henry V, mother of Henry VI, later she had six children with Owen Tudor (d. 1437)

1744 – Mary Moser, British painter, one of two female founding members of the Royal Academy (d. 1819)

1766 – Nancy Storace, British soprano (d. 1817)

1868 – Janet Scudder, American sculptor (d. 1940)

1872 – Emily Post, American author (d. 1960)

1882 – Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, founder of the Maryknoll Sister of St. Dominic (d. 1955)

1885 – Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish painter (d. 1948)

1918 – Teresa Wright, American actress (d. 2005)

1920 – Nanette Fabray, American actress, singer, and dancer

1924 – Ruby Dee, American actress, scriptwriter, and poet, recipient of many awards including the Grammy, Obie, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (d. 2014)

1932 – Dolores Moore, American baseball player (d. 2000)

1932 – Sylvia Plath, American poet (d. 1963)

1940 – Maxine Hong Kingston, Chinese-American author and professor


1327 – Elizabeth de Burgh, wife of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1289)

1949 – Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)

1968Lise Meitner, German physicist (b. 1878)

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Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner in 1905 (source)

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