September 14

Events in Women’s History

1794 – Dolley Payne Todd, future First Lady of the United States, marries James Madison.

1975 –Elizabeth Ann Seton is canonized by Pope Paul VI, becoming the first American saint.


Alice Stone Blackwell (Image courtesy Library of Congress)

Alice Stone Blackwell (Image courtesy Library of Congress source)

1728 – Mercy Otis Warren, American author, poet and historian, known for one of the earliest histories of the American Revolution, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution (d. 1814)

1854 – Julia Magruder, American author, known for novels which were primarily love stories, several were serialized in the Ladies Home Journal, recipient of an award from the Académie Française (d. 1907)

1857 – Alice Stone Blackwell, suffragist, journalist and human rights activist; she was the daughter of suffragist Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Blackwell. (d. 1950)

1869 – Ellen Beach Yaw, American coloratura soprano, known for her extraordinary range and trilling ability (d. 1947)

1879Margaret Sanger, an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse; Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. (d. 1966)

1882 – Winnifred Mason Huck, journalist and politician, third woman to be elected to the US Congress, as a journalist known for exposing abuses in the prison system (d. 1936)

1897Margaret Rudkin, American businesswoman, founder of Pepperidge Farm (d. 1967) Link is to an article on the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame website. 

1902 – Alice Tully, American operatic soprano, music promoter and philanthropist, served on the boards for the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School, recipient of the Handel Medallion (d. 1993)

1921 – Constance Baker Motley, American lawyer, judge, politician and civil rights activist, first female attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, wrote original complaint in Brown v. Board of Education, first African American woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, first African American woman to be appointed as a federal court judge, recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP (d. 2005)

1934 – Sarah Kofman, French philosopher, author and educator, known for her books on Nietzsche and Freud (d. 1994)

1934 – Kate Millett, American author, artist and activist, known for her book Sexual Politics, advocate for women’s rights and mental health reform


Grace Kelly c. 1955, MGM publicity photo (source)

Grace Kelly c. 1955, MGM publicity photo (source)

1927Isadora Duncan, American-born Soviet dancer and choreographer, known for her contributions to modern dance, inductee to the National Museum of Dance’s Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Hall of Fame (b. 1877) Link is to a post on The National Museum of Women in the Arts blog. 

1965 – Lydia Mei, Estonian artist, known for watercolor and still-life (b. 1896)

1982 – Grace Kelly, American actress and Princess of Monaco as wife of Prince Rainier III; she died as a result of injuries sustained the previous day when she had a stroke while driving. (b. 1929)

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