September 28

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Kate Douglas Wiggin (Courtesy Library of Congress, Bain Collection)

Kate Douglas Wiggin (Courtesy Library of Congress, Bain Collection, source)

1839Frances Willard, educator, lecturer, President WCTU, suffragist (d. 1898)

1856 – Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, kindergarten proponent (d. 1923)

1861 – Amélie of Orléans (d. 1951)

1891 – Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress (d. 1918)

1899 – Alice de Janzé, American heiress (d. 1941)

1913 – Alice Marble, tennis champion, won 18 Grand Slam championships (d. 1990)

1915 – Ethel Rosenburg, charged with passing secrets to the Soviet Union, convicted and executed June, 19, 1953

1916 – Olga Lepeshinskaya, Soviet ballerina (d. 2008)

1934 – Brigitte Bardot, French actress and singer

1934 – Janet Munro, English actress (d. 1972)

1937 – Alice Mahon, English politician

1947 – Sheikh Hasina, Bangladeshi politician, Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1996-2001 and 2009 to the present, leader of the Bangladesh Awami League


Gertrude and Andrew II of Hungary c. 1213 (source)

Gertrude and Andrew II of Hungary c. 1213 (source)

29 CE – Livia Drucilla, wife of Roman Emperor Augustus (b. 58 BCE)

1213 – Gertrude of Merania, Queen consort of Hungary as wife of Andrew II, assassinated by noblemen possibly due to the advancement of her relatives at court (b. 1185)

1596 – Margaret Stanley, Countess of Derby (b. 1540)

2003 – Althea Gibson (b. 1927)

2005 – Constance Baker Motley, American lawyer, judge, politician and civil rights activist, first female attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, wrote original complaint in Brown v. Board of Education, first African American woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, first African American woman to be appointed as a federal court judge, recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP (b. 1921)

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