Dates in Women's Herstory
July is the month
of Ishtar, Babylonian goddess of
to you by Susan
- July 2,
1937: Amelia Earhart's plane
disappeared over the South Pacific
on what was supposed to be her
- July 3,
1860: Birth of Charlotte Perkins
Gilman, author of Women and
Economics and the dramatic
chronicle of her own depression, The
- July 4,
1776: Signing of the Declaration of
Independence. Mary Katherine
Goddard, Baltimore [Maryland]
newspaper woman and the first American
woman postmaster, printed the first
official copies of the radical
document in 1776.
- July 5,
1884: Congress awarded Sarah Emma
Edmonds a pension for her service
as a soldier in the Civil War, in
which she fought dressed as a man.
- July 6,
1957: Althea Gibson became the first
black person to win the British
tennis championship at Wimbledon.
- July 8:
Feast of Sunna, Norse solar
- July 10:
Lady Godiva rode naked on her horse
leading a procession through Coventry
[England]. Legend says that she was
protesting high taxes. But the event
probably derived from ancient harvest
rituals to the Great Mother.
- July 10,
1865: Birth of Mary McLeod Bethune,
founder of the National Council of
- July 11 Birth of Dawn Nocera,
Founder of EducatingJane.com
- July 13:
Celebration of Our Lady of Fatima,
- July 13:
O-bon Festival in Japan honors
departed ancestors, believed to mingle
with the living on this day.
- July 19,
1848: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
Lucretia Mott launched the first
women's rights convention in Seneca
Falls, New York.
- July 20,
1889: Lynching of Wyoming rancher Ella
"Cattle Kate" Watson on
false charges of cattle rustling.
- July 20,
1939: Birth of feminist artist Judy
Chicago, creator of The Dinner
Party and other groundbreaking works.
- July 22,
1849: Birth of Emma Lazarus,
author of the verse on the Statue of
Liberty: "Give me your tired,
your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free..."
- July 24,
1897: Birth of Amelia Earhart,
First Lady of the Air.
- July 26:
Feast of the Virgin Mary's mother, St.
- July 30,
1818: Birth of Emily Bronte,
author of Wuthering Heights.