Today in Feminist History

Historical Events

  • 1792-04-01 Gronings feminist Etta Palm demands women's right to divorce
  • 1793-11-03 French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.
  • 1881-02-13 The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert.
  • 1897-12-09 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919-12-21 J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1993-12-17 Muslims in Bangladesh call for the murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
  • 1994-07-29 200,000 Muslims demand the death of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin in Bangladesh

Famous Birthdays

  • 1651-11-12 Juana Ines de La Cruz, Mexico, poet/nun/feminist (Primero Sueno)
  • 1689-05-15 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)
  • 1748-05-07 Olympe de Gouges, playwright and feminist revolutionary (d. 1793)
  • 1759-04-27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, England, writer/feminist (Female Reader)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1787-11-18 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], Swartekill, New York, US abolitionist/feminist

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth
  • 1793-01-03 Lucretia Coffin Mott, US, teacher/minister/abolitionist/feminist
  • 1802-06-12 Harriet Martineau, controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist (d. 1876)
  • 1810-05-23 [Sarah] Margaret Fuller Ossoli, US feminist/revolutionary (NY Tribune)
  • 1819-03-26 Louise Otto, Germany, author/feminist
  • 1822-12-04 Frances Crabbe, England, feminist founded Anti-Vivisection Society
  • 1833-03-26 Betsy Perk, [Christina E], Dutch journalist/writer/feminist
  • 1833-08-03 Auguste Schmidt, German teacher/feminist
  • 1836-04-24 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist
  • 1837-04-21 Fredrik Bajer, Denmark, politican/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1908)
  • 1838-09-23 Victoria Woodhull, in Ohio US, feminist/reformer - first woman to be nominated for US presidency
  • 1839-09-25 [Wilhel]Mina JPR Kruseman, writer/feminist
  • 1840-01-21 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, Hastings, English Physician and feminist who was one of the first female medical students at a British university
  • 1842-03-07 Anne CAI van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist
  • 1847-09-30 Wilhelmina E Drucker, [Lensing], Dutch feminist
  • 1848-04-09 Helena Lange, German feminist
  • 1849-12-11 Ellen Key, Swedish theory/author/feminist (Courageous Woman)
  • 1860-07-03 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1860-09-06 Jane Addams, Cedarville, Illinois, pacifist/social worker/feminist (Nobel 1931), (d. 1935)

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams
  • 1864-01-24 Marguerite Durand, French feminist leader (d. 1936)
  • 1865-07-02 Lili Braun, Prussia, feminist/socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen)
  • 1867-01-08 Emily Green Balch, US, sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
  • 1868-09-09 Mary Austin, Ill, feminist/nature writer (Land of Little Rain)
  • 1869-11-13 Helene Stöcker, German feminist, pacifist and publicist (d. 1943)
  • 1869-11-13 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian feminist (d. 1962)
  • 1876-08-14 Sibilla Aleramo, [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist/poet (Una Donna)
  • 1879-05-19 Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, US/Eng's feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1879-09-14 Margaret Sanger, feminist/nurse/birth control proponent

  • 1882-05-05 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist
  • 1884-06-17 Christina C Bakker-van Bosse, feminist/pacifist
  • 1885-08-17 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
  • 1892-02-22 Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-02-04 Betty Friedan, Peoria, Illinois, American feminist writer and feminist (Feminine Mystique)

  • 1924-06-18 Liesbeth den Uyl-van Vessem, feminist/wife of Joop den Uyl
  • 1926-08-24 Nancy Spero, Cleveland USA, American feminist artist
  • 1928-10-16 Mary Daly, American feminist
  • 1929-05-16 Adrienne Cecile Rich, Balt Md, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), (d. 2012)
  • 1931-09-22 Fay Weldon, British feminist
  • 1933-08-27 Joke Smit, Dutch feminist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-03-25 Gloria Steinem, American feminist and publisher (Ms Magazine), born in Toledo, Ohio

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem
  • 1934-09-14 Kate Millett, St Paul Minn, feminist/author (Sexual Politics)
  • 1935-02-15 Susan Brownmiller, feminist author (Against Our Wills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-11-09 Ti-Grace Atkinson, American feminist author
  • 1939-01-29 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939-01-30 Eleanor Smeal, feminist/pres (NOW)
  • 1939-05-20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway, PM/feminist/conservatist
  • 1941-07-03 Gloria Allred, feminist attorney
  • 1945-03-10 Elizabeth Brumfiel, [Elizabeth Stern], American feminist archaeologist, former president of the American Anthropological Association
  • 1945-10-19 Patricia Ireland, feminist/president (National Organization of Women)
  • 1946-07-28 Fahmida Riaz, Pakistani writer and feminist
  • 1946-09-26 Andrea Dworkin, American feminist (d. 2005)
  • 1954-01-25 Kim Gandy, American feminist
  • 1962-11-12 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist
  • 1974-10-17 Ariel Levy, American feminist writer

Famous Weddings

  • 1816-12-30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-09-03 American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (66) weds environmentalist David Bale (59) in Adair County, Oklahoma

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem

Famous Deaths

  • 1793-11-03 Olympe de Gouges, French feminist and revolutionary (b. 1748)
  • 1850-07-19 [Sarah] Margaret Fuller Ossoli, US feminist/revolutionary, dies
  • 1893-10-18 Lucy [Blackwell-]Stone, US abolitionist/feminist, dies
  • 1895-03-06 Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
  • 1902-06-10 Auguste Schmidt, German teacher/feminist, dies at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-10-26 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist (b. 1815)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1906-03-30 Betsy Perk, [Christina E], journalist/writer/feminist, dies at 73
  • 1909-05-05 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • 1912-01-07 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, English Physician and Feminist, dies at 71
  • 1916-02-06 Anne C A I van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist, dies at 73
  • 1916-02-16 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • 1919-02-21 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and feminist, only woman awarded Medal of Honor (US Civil War), dies at 86
  • 1922-02-15 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German/Dutch anarchist/feminist, dies at 36
  • 1922-08-02 [Wilhel]Mina JPR Kruseman, Dutch author/feminist, dies at 82
  • 1925-12-05 Wilhelmina E Drucker, [Lensing], Dutch feminist, dies at 78
  • 1926-04-25 Ellen K S Key, Swedish author/feminist (Century of the Child), dies at 76
  • 1928-06-14 Emmeline Pankhurst-Goulden, English feminist, dies
  • 1929-08-10 Aletta Henriette Jacobs, 1st Dutch female doctor/feminist, dies at 75
  • 1930-05-13 Helena Lange, German feminist, dies
  • 1933-06-20 Clara Zetkin, German feminist/communist, dies
  • 1935-08-17 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, dies at 75
  • 1936-03-16 Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
  • 1940-05-14 Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
  • 1950-10-19 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • 1953-06-16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • 1960-09-27 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist/daughter of Emmeline, dies at 78
  • 1962-01-12 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist (b. 1869)
  • 1964-01-09 Halide Edib Adevar/Salih, Turkish feminist (Handan), dies at about 80
  • 1964-05-02 Nancy N Witcher Astor, US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1966-09-06 Margaret Sanger, US feminist/birth control pioneer, dies at 86

  • 1981-09-19 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • 1981-12-26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 1990-09-30 Liesbeth de Uyl-of Vessem, feminist/wife of Joop du, dies
  • 1992-11-17 Audre Lorde, St Croix' feminist author (Black Unicorn), dies
  • 1995-02-15 Nabila Diahnine, Algerian architect/feminist, murdered at 33
  • 1997-10-28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 2005-08-03 Françoise d'Eaubonne, French feminist (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2006-02-04 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • 2006-08-01 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • 2009-10-18 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist dies aged 83
  • 2010-01-03 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2010-03-20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2012-01-01 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82