April

DateEvent
04-01-1776Sophie Germain was born in France, accomplished mathematician, first woman to attend sessions at the Institut de France
04-02-1932Jackie Mitchell, 17 years old, pitched an exhibition baseball game and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; first woman to play professional baseball (minor league)
04-03-1934Jane Goodall was born, anthropologist, world authority on chimpanzees
04-04-1928Maya Angelou was born, poet, author, actress
04-05-1911The seven unidentified victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City were honored in a procession
04-06-1911Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate was born, English music composer
04-07-1944Julia Miller Phillips was born, first woman producer to win Best Picture Academy Award, in 1973 for "The Sting"
04-08-1827Barbara Bodichon was born, artist, writer, women's rights activist
04-09-1939Marian Anderson sang a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let her sing at Constitution Hall
04-10-1882Frances Perkins was born, first female cabinet member in the U.S., Secretary of Labor in 1933
04-11-1941Ellen Goodman was born, newspaper columnist, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for Journalism for Commentary
04-12-1979Beverly Kelley, a Coast Guard Lt. junior grade, became the first woman to command an American military ship
04-13-1866Anne Sullivan was born, teacher who taught deaf and blind Helen Keller to communicate
04-13-1933Ruth Bryan Owens became the first woman head of an American diplomatic mission when she was appointed envoy to Denmark
04-15-1930Vigdis Finnbogadottir was born, first woman president of Iceland, 1980 to 1996
04-16-1912Harriet Quimby, aviator, became the first woman to fly across the English Channel
04-17-1885Baroness Karen Blixen (pen name, Isak Dinesen) was born in Denmark; wrote "Out of Africa" in 1937
04-18-1925Women's World Fair celebrated its first day in Chicago; 280 booths showed women's occupations
04-19-1969Susan Polgar was born in Hungary, became #1 women's chess player in the world at age 15
04-20-1939Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was born, became the first female Prime Minister of Norway in 1981, and Director-General of World Health Organization, 1998-2003
04-21-1816Charlotte Brontë was born in England, author, wrote "Jane Eyre"
04-22-1974Katharine Graham, publisher, became the first woman on the Board of the Associated Press
04-23-1928Shirley Temple Black was born, child film star, served as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslavakia
04-24-1890The General Federation of Women's Clubs was founded in New York; 15,000 clubs joined
04-25-1990Violeta de Chamorro was inaugurated as the first woman President of Nicaragua
04-26-1777Sybil Ludington, 16 years old, rode 40 miles to warn American troops that the British army was attacking
04-27-1759Mary Wollstonecraft was born, wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" in 1792
04-28-1993The first "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" was celebrated, sponsored by the Ms. Foundation; later became "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" and now sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation
04-29-1925Florence Sabin, medical scientist and public health advocate, was elected the first woman to the National Academy of Sciences; she was also the first woman full professor at an American college of medicine
04-30-1939Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was born, first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1983