September 27

Events in Women’s History

Rachel Carson conducting research in the Atlantic with Bob Hines (source)

Rachel Carson conducting research in the Atlantic with Bob Hines (source)

1988 – National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar.

1962 – Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, is published. In it she demonstrates the connection between the use of DDT and the long-term effects on plants and animals.

Births

Martha Jefferson Randolph by Thomas Sully (source)

Martha Jefferson Randolph by Thomas Sully (source)

823Ermentrude of Orléans, Queen of the Franks by her marriage to Charles the Bald (d. 869)

1657 – Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (d. 1704)

1772 – Martha Jefferson Randolph, American daughter of Thomas Jefferson, occasionally served as hostess at the White House for her father (d. 1836)

1861 – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, American sister of Theodore Roosevelt (d. 1933)

1866 – Eurosia Fabris, Italian saint (d. 1932)

1871 – Grazia Deledda, Italian author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1936)

1874 – Myrtle Reed, author, poet, journalist and philanthropist. Published under the pseudonym Olive Green.

1886 – Wilhelmina (Minnie) Vautrin, American missionary to China, known for saving the lives of many women and girls when the Japanese invaded Nanjing in 1937 (d. 1941)

1920 – Jayne Meadows, American actress and author

1929 – Barbara Murray, English actress

1939 – Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and author

1939 – Kathy Whitworth, American golfer, won 88 LPGA tournaments in her career

1940Fatema Mernissi, Moroccan sociologist and scholar, one of the founders of Islamic feminism (d. 2015)

Deaths

1615 – Lady Arbella Stuart, English wife of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset (b. 1575)

1944 – Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist, founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (b. 1890)

1956 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American golfer (b. 1911)

1960 – Sylvia Pankhurst, English activist (b. 1882)

1965 – Clara Bow, American actress (b. 1905)

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Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee Semple McPherson (source)

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