September 17

Events in Women’s History

Harriet Tubman, 1885, Artist: H. Seymour Squyer

Harriet Tubman, 1885 by H. Seymour Squyer (source)

1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.

1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.


Queen Maria Luisa of Savoy by Miguel Jacinto Meléndez

Queen Maria Luisa of Savoy by Miguel Jacinto Meléndez (source)

1688 – Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen of Spain as first wife of Philip V of Spain (d. 1714)

1734 – Elizabeth Canning, English maidservant who reported being kidnapped and held captive after disappearing for a month. Her case turned into one of the most famous criminal mysteries in 18th century England. (d. 1773)

1866 – Mary Burnett Talbert, African-American orator, activist, suffragist and reformer; although she worked to develop women’s clubs and leadership among black women, she was an early advocate of women of all colors working together to advance the cause of women’s rights. (d. 1923)

1902 – Bea Miles, Australian writer (d. 1973)

1912 – Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedian (d. 2011)

1916 – Mary Stewart, British author

1918 – Lea Gottlieb, Israeli fashion designer (d. 2012)

1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005)

1934 – Maureen Connolly, American tennis player, first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same calendar year, known as “little Mo” (d. 1969)


1179Hildegard of Bingen, German saint, philosopher, and composer (b. 1098) (Link is to the first of three great posts about Hildegard on the Notable Women blog.)

1877 – Pomare IV, Queen of Tahiti, fourth monarch of the Kingdom of Tahiti, ruled from 1827 to 1877, during which time the French declared Tahiti a French protectorate; the resulting French-Tahitian War ended in the defeat of the Tahitians. (b. 1813)

1936 – Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist and author (b. 1877)

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Ettie Annie Rout from her book Safe Marriage: A Return to Sanity

Ettie Annie Rout from her book “Safe Marriage: A Return to Sanity” (source)

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