January

DateEvent
01-01-1752Betsy Ross was born, credited with making the first American flag
01-02-1857Martha Carey Thomas was born, pioneer in women's higher education, President of Bryn Mawr College 1894-1922
01-03-1793Lucretia Mott was born, abolitionist and suffragist, first president of American Equal Rights Association in 1866
01-04-2007Nancy Pelosi was elected the first woman Speaker of the House for the U.S. Congress
01-05-1925Nellie Tayloe Ross was inaugurated in Wyoming as the first woman governor of a state
01-06-1412Joan of Arc was born, leader of the French army at 19 years of age, canonized in 1920, and patron saint of France
01-07-1891Zora Neale Hurston was born, writer, author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," and anthropologist
01-08-1870The first issue of the "Woman's Journal" was published by Lucy Stone and her husband, covering women's suffrage and women's rights
01-09-1859Carrie Chapman Catt was born, leader in the quest for women's right to vote in the U.S. and advocate for international peace
01-10-1797Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born, famous German poet, featured on 20 mark bill until euro replaced mark
01-11-0300300 B.C. (exact date unknown) Agnodice was born, Greek woman who dressed as a man in order to study and practice medicine; helped change Athenian law to allow women to be doctors
01-12-1935Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland when she landed in Oakland, CA
01-13-1884(or 1886) Sophie Tucker was born, singer and entertainer, called herself "The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas"
01-14-1976"The Bionic Woman" television show premiered, starring Lindsay Wagner
01-15-2006Michelle Bachelet was elected Chile's first woman president
01-16-2006Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as Liberia's first woman president, and the first woman head of state of an African nation
01-17-1829Catherine Booth was born, co-founder of the Salvation Army; women's rights advocate who believed in woman's right to preach
01-18-1910Valentina Grizodubova was born, Russian aviator who, with two other women, broke the women's long-distance flying record in 1938
01-19-1943Janis Joplin was born, one of the first female rock 'n roll stars
01-20-1872Julia Morgan was born, first woman licensed architect in California; designed Hearst Castle
01-21-1956Geena Davis was born, actress, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Accidental Tourist" in 1988
01-22-2001Dr. Condoleezza Rice became first woman U.S. National Security Advisor, serving in President George W. Bush's cabinet
01-23-1918Gertrude Elion was born, biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988, first woman in National Inventor's Hall of Fame (1991)
01-24-1862Edith Wharton was born, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
01-25-1890Nellie Bly (real name Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman), journalist, completed her around-the-world trip in 72 days, beating fictional character Phileas Fogg
01-26-1892Bessie Coleman was born, first African-American female pilot in the world
01-27-1964Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Republican, began her campaign for U.S. President; first woman considered for nomination by a major party; first woman to serve in both Houses of Congress
01-28-1908Julia Ward Howe became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts & Letters, for her song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
01-29-1881Alice Evans was born, scientist who discovered the cause of undulant fever in 1917, which helped establish milk pasteurization laws
01-30-1958Woman Peerage Day in England, commemorating the day the House of Lords was opened to women in 1958
01-31-1923Carol Channing was born, actress and entertainer, won a Tony for "Hello, Dolly!" in 1964