September 5

Events in Women’s History

Marie Leszczyńska, Queen of France (1703–1768) by Jean-Marc Nattier

Marie Leszczyńska, Queen of France (1703–1768) by Jean-Marc Nattier (source)

1725Maria Leszczyńska, the longest serving Queen consort of France, marries Louis XV. She was the daughter of King Stanisław Leszczyński of Poland and grandmother of kings Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, and Charles X.


Amy Beach (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Amy Beach (source)

1201 – Alix, Duchess of Brittany (d. 1221)

1867 – Amy Beach, American composer and pianist (d. 1944)

1899 – Helen Creighton, Canadian author (d. 1989)

1904 – Vera Bradford, Australian pianist (d. 2004)

1908 – Gloria Holden, English actress (d. 1991)

1910 – Leila Mackinlay, English author (d. 1996)

1912 – Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer (d. 2001)

1919 – Elisabeth Volkenrath, German SS officer (d. 1945)

1928 – Joyce Hatto, English pianist (d. 2006)

1928 – Damayanti Joshi, Indian dancer (d. 2004)

1934 – Carol Lawrence, American actress and singer

1935 – Helen Gifford, Australian composer

1939Claudette Colvin, American nurse and activist; as a teenager, she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama, 9 months before Rose Parks did the same thing.

1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress


1201 – Constance, Duchess of Brittany (b. 1161)

1548 – Katherine Parr, English 6th wife of Henry VIII of England (b. 1512)

1898 – Sarah Edmonds, Canadian-born nurse, soldier, and spy for the Union army during the American Civil War. She served disguised as a man using the name Franklin Thompson  (b. 1841)

1922 – Georgette Agutte, French painter (b. 1867)

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Sarah Edmonds as Franklin Thompson

Sarah Edmonds as Franklin Thompson (source)

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