September 21

Events in Women’s History

Sandra Day O'Conner, Justice of the Supreme Court of the US

Sandra Day O’Conner, Justice of the Supreme Court of the US (source)

1897 – The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial is published in the New York Sun.

1898 – Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days’ Reform in China.

1981 – In a 99-0 vote, the US Senate approves Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court justice.


Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg (Artist unknown)

Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg (source)

1051 – Bertha of Savoy (d. 1087)

1706 – Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg, Queen consort of Sardinia (d. 1735)

1788 – Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor, First Lady of the US as wife of Zachary Taylor (d. 1852)

1809 – Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, painter, illustrator, writer, and wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne. (d. 1871)

1819 – Louise Marie Thérèse d’Artois, French wife of Charles III, Duke of Parma (d. 1864)

1851 – Susan Eakins, American painter and photographer (d. 1938)

1884 – Ethel Percy Andrus, educator, first woman principal in California, and founder of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) (d. 1967)

1936 – Diane Rehm, American radio host

1960 – Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian journalist, politician and scientist, professor of Immunology, first woman Vice President of Iran in office from 1997-2005, currently Vice President and Head of Environmental Protection Organization since September 10, 2013


1875 – Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (b. 1826)

1946 – Olga Engl, Austrian actress (b. 1871)

1974 – Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (b. 1918)

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Princess Alexandra of Bavaria by Joseph Karl Stieler

Princess Alexandra of Bavaria by Joseph Karl Stieler (source)

2 thoughts on “September 21

  1. September 21, 1832

    On this date in 1832, Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879) addressed the New England Anti-Slavery Society meeting in Boston’s Franklin Hall on the evils of slavery and the oppression of free blacks. This is often cited as the first time an African American woman spoke publicly on political issues before an audience of Black and White men and women. In future speeches, Stewart also advanced women’s rights.

  2. September 21, 2998

    Florence Griffith Joyner died unexpectedly of an epileptic seizure at her home in Mission Viejo, California. In the 1984 Olympics, Flo Jo won a silver medal for the 200-meter run, and became known for her world-record speed, form-fitting bodysuits and six-inch fingernails. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, held in Seoul, South Korea. She took home three gold medals, in the 4-by-100 meter relay, and the 100- and 200-meter runs; as well as a silver medal in the 4-by-400 meter relay.

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