September 20

Events in Women’s History

Belva Ann Lockwood (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Belva Ann Lockwood (source)

1058 – Agnes de Poitou and Andrew I of Hungary meet to negotiate about the border-zone in present-day Burgenland.

1884 – Belva Lockwood and Marietta Stow are nominated as Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates for the National Equal Rights Party.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.


Captain Sue S. Dauser

Captain Sue S. Dauser (source)

1822 – Elizabeth “Libby” Smith Miller, author, suffragist and financial supporter of the women’s movement. Credited with inventing the “bloomer costume” made popular by Amelia Bloomer in The Lily.

1831 – Kate Harrington, American teacher and poet (d. 1917)

1888 – Sue S. Dauser, Superintendent of the United States Navy Nurse Corps during WWII. She served as a Navy nurse from 1917 until her retirement in 1945 (d. 1972)

1923 – Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish-American poet (d. 1997)

1927 – Colette Bonheur, Canadian singer (d. 1966)

1927 – Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (d. 1980)

1928 – Olga Ferri, Argentine dancer and choreographer (d. 2012)

1928 – Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (d. 2000)

1929 – Anne Meara, American actress

1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress

1937 – Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician

1937 – Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2005)


Annie Besant c. 1897 (source)

Annie Besant c. 1897 (source)

1933 – Annie Besant, British theosophist, writer, lecturer and women’s rights activist (b. 1847)

2012Tereska Torrès, French author, known for her best-selling novel Women’s Barracks a fictionalized account of her experiences during the war and the first pulp fiction to address Lesbian relationships (b. 1920)

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