September 24

Events in Women’s History

Valentina Grizodubova (Photo: PD in Russia)

Valentina Grizodubova (source)

1938 – September 24-25 Valentina Grizodubova, Marina Raskova and Paulina Ossipenko set an international women’s record for straight-line distance, flying nonstop from Moscow to Siberia.

1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order 11246 prohibiting sex discrimination in employment by the federal government and by federal contractors

1988 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee set a world heptathlon record, winning the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics


Frances Harper

Frances Harper (source)

1513 – Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (d. 1535)

1825 – Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, African-American abolitionist, lecturer, poet and author (d. 1911)

1861Bhikaiji Cama, Indian independence activist; after leaving India for medical treatment, the British government wouldn’t let her return because of her activism, until shortly before she died. (d. 1936)

1871 – Lottie Dod, English tennis player (d. 1960)

1880 – Sarah Knauss, American super-centenarian (d. 1999)

1918 – Audra Lindley, American actress (d. 1997)

1924 – Nina Bocharova, Ukrainian gymnast

1924 – Theresa Merritt, American actress (d. 1998)

1924 – Sheila MacRae, British actress, singer, and author

1924 – Voula Zouboulaki, Egyptian-Greek actress

1932 – Dominique Michel, Canadian comedian, actress, and singer


1143 – Agnes of Germany, noblewoman, Duchess consort of Swabia as wife of Frederick I, Margravine consort of Austria as wife of Leopold III (b. 1072)

1435Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen of France as wife of King Charles VI (b. 1370)

1933 – Alice Muriel Williamson, English author (b. 1869)

1950 – Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (b. 1863)

1992Brownie Wise, American business entrepreneur, developed (but did not originate) the “party plan” method of marketing into a system specifically for Tupperware (b. 1913)

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Queen's Isabeau's 1435 funeral cortege on the Seine, from the chronicle of Martial d'Auvergne

Queen’s Isabeau’s 1435 funeral cortege on the Seine, from the chronicle of Martial d’Auvergne (source)

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