Portrait Monument  
By Jeanne Robinson  
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1847

Annie Besant was born, advocate of birth control, socialism, and women's rights; theosophist; first woman president of Indian National Congress

1949

Annie Leibovitz was born, photographer for "Rolling Stones" and "Vanity Fair"

1885

Sophie Treadwell was born, actress, playwright, journalist, and writer

1657

Sophia Alexeevna was baptized in Russia, became Regent when she was 25 years old and ruled for 7 years

1959

Maya Lin was born, architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1820

Jenny Lind was born in Sweden, an international singing sensation called the "Swedish Nightingale"

1946

Queen Pengiran Anak Saleha (The Raja Isteri), of Brunei Darussalam, was born, supporter of women’s organizations including the Women’s Institute and Girl Guides Association of Brunei

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1794

Caroline Howard Gilman was born, writer, poet, and publisher; produced one of the first juvenile magazines, "The Rose Bud" in 1832

1830

Harriet Hosmer was born, sculptor, achieved financial independence as an artist

1874

Beatrice Moses Hinkle was born, doctor, co-founded first psycho-therapeutic clinic in U.S. in 1908

1984

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first U.S. woman astronaut to walk in outer space; she was refueling a satellite

1839

Sarah Jane Foster was born, writer, taught former slaves despite prejudiced resistance

1904

Bertha von Suttner of Austria lectured in the U.S. on the peace movement, first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905

1896

Lillian Gish was born, actress, called the "Queen of the Silent Drama"

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1917

Marion O'Brien Donovan was born, inventor of the disposable diaper

1916

Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in U.S.

1868

Sophia Gregoria Hayden was born in Chile, the first woman to attend MIT School of Architecture

1956

Martina Navratilova was born, world tennis champion

1850

Annie Smith Peck was born, mountaineer, called the "Queen of the Climbers"

1917

Alice Paul was arrested for picketing the White House demanding women's right to vote, founder of National Women's Party

1928

Elinor Smith, aviator, became the 1st and probably only person to fly under 4 bridges on the East River in New York City

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1919

Doris Lessing was born, author of "The Golden Notebook," winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007

1942

Anita Roddick was born, founder of The Body Shop, earth-friendly business-woman

1788

Sarah J. Hale was born, author, wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

1912

Minnie Pearl was born, comedienne known for wearing a big hat with a price tag

1902

Beryl Markham was born, first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean east to west, in 1936

1940

Maxine Hong Kingston was born, author of "The Woman Warrior"

1844

Katharine Corran Brandegee was born, botanist, curator of California Academy of Sciences herbarium in 1883

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1966

National Organization for Women (NOW) held its first conference in Washington, D.C.

1896

Ruth Gordon was born, actress, starred in "Harold & Maude"

1860

Juliette Gordon Low was born, founder of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.

       


 

 
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