February

DateEvent
02-01-1978The Harriet Tubman stamp was issued, the first U.S. stamp honoring an African-American woman
02-02-1905Ayn Rand was born, author of "Atlas Shrugged," and "The Fountain-head"
02-03-1821Elizabeth Blackwell was born, the first woman doctor in the U.S., and first woman to earn a medical degree from a U.S. college
02-04-1921Betty Friedan was born, author of "The Feminine Mystique" in 1963, cofounder of the National Organization for Women in 1966
02-05-1848Belle Starr was born, infamous outlaw and horse thief
02-06-1913Mary Nicol Leakey was born, archaeologist, made many discoveries of ancient hominids, worked at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania
02-07-1867Laura Ingalls Wilder was born, wrote "Little House on the Prairie" in 1935, when she was 65 years old
02-08-1850(@date) Kate Chopin was born, wrote "The Awakening," in 1899 -- a radical book at the time
02-09-1854Aletta Jacobs was born, first woman doctor in The Netherlands
02-10-1822Eliza Lynn Linton was born, writer, first paid woman journalist in England
02-11-2001Ellen McArthur set a record for an around-the-world solo sailing voyage by a woman
02-12-1990Dr. Carmen Mary Lawrence became the first woman Premier of a state in Australia
02-13-1879Sarojini Chattopadhyaya Naidu was born, poet, self-described rebel in the India Independence Movement with Gandhi
02-14-1838Margaret E. Knight was born, inventor, patented a device to make square-bottom paper bags in 1870
02-15-1921The Suffrage Monument was dedicated at the U.S. Capitol. Now, it sits in the Rotunda, and portrays Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and the Unknown Woman
02-16-1982Agatha Barbara was elected the first female president of Malta
02-17-1870Esther Hobart Morris became the first American woman Justice of the Peace
02-18-1922Helen Gurley Brown was born, author of "Sex and the Single Girl," and editor of "Cosmopolitan" magazine from 1965 to 1996
02-19-1917Carson McCullers was born, wrote "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" in 1940
02-20-1924Gloria Vanderbilt was born, fashion icon
02-21-1855Alice Freeman Palmer was born, educator and advocate for women's higher education
02-22-1892Edna St. Vincent Millay was born, feminist, poet, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1923
02-23-1901Ruth Nichols was born, aviator, set many records starting with the first nonstop flight from New York to Miami in 1928
02-24-1967Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astronomer, discovered the first pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star
02-25-1896Ida Noddack was born, scientist, discovered two elements: 43 (masurium, renamed technetium), and 75 (rhenium)
02-26-1973Jenny Thompson was born, swimmer, won 10 Olympic medals, 8 were gold
02-27-1922U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote
02-28-1797Mary Lyon was born, educator, founded Mount Holyoke College in 1837, the first of the Seven Sisters women's colleges in U.S.
02-29-1736Mother Ann Lee was born, founded the Shakers religious colony in the U.S.