September 6

Events in Women’s History

Queen Juliana in 1963

Queen Juliana in 1963 (source)

1870 – Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast her vote in a general election.

1948 – Juliana becomes Queen of the Netherlands when her mother Queen Wilhelmina abdicates.

1997 – Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place in London with over a million people lining the streets.


Zelia Nuttall

Zelia Nuttall (source)

1620 – Isabella Leonarda, Italian composer (d. 1704)

1795Fanny Wright, English writer and activist (d. 1852)

1800 – Catharine Beecher, American educator (d. 1878)

1829 – Marie Zakrzewska, Polish physician (d. 1902)

1857 – Zelia Nuttall, American archeologist and anthropologist, specialized in Mesoamerican manuscripts and pre-Aztec culture (d. 1933)

1860 – Jane Addams, American social worker, philosopher, author, suffragist and peace activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, founder of Hull House (d. 1935)

1890 – Clara Kimball Young, American actress (d. 1960)

1921 – Carmen Laforet, Spanish author (d. 2004)

1938 – Joan Tower, American composer, pianist, and conductor

1940 – Elizabeth Murray, American painter (d. 2007)

1940 – Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter, and actress


Margaret Sanger in 1922, author Underwood &Underwood, courtesy Library of Congress

Margaret Sanger in 1922, author Underwood &Underwood, Library of Congress (source)

1782 – Martha Jefferson, wife of Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States; she died before he took office. (b. 1748)

1952 – Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (b. 1898)

1966Margaret Sanger, American nurse, educator, and birth control advocate (b. 1879)

1974 – Olga Baclanova, Russian actress (b. 1896)

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