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August 31

This Day in Women's History

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1769: Rose Philippine Duchesne born (religious; beatified May, 1940)

1827: Anna Bartlett Warner born (writer, hymnwriter)

1842: Mary Putnam Jacobi born (physician, writer)

1842: Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin born (reformer, clubwoman)

1844: Elizabeth Phelps Ward born (writer, poet)

1869: Elizabeth Sprague Williams born (social worker)

1870: Maria Montessori born (educator)

1872: Edith Rockefeller McCormick born (philanthropist, socialite, patron of Carl Jung)

1920: At 7 a.m. in Hannibal, Missouri, Mrs. Marie Ruoff Byrum became the first woman to vote under the 19th Amendment.

1936: Marva Collins born (educator)

1937: Actress Tallulah Bankhead married actor John Emery (they divorced, childless, in 1941)

1989: Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips officially separated

1997: Diana, Princess of Wales died of injuries from a High-speed car crash in a Paris road tunnel

Quote for Today

We need to talk over not only things which are of vital importance to us as women, but also things which are of especial importance as colored women.... -- Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. -- Diana, Princess of Wales

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