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August 2020

Women’s Equality Day

August 26
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 26 of August, repeating indefinitely

This day celebrates the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, giving women the right to vote.

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September 2020

Elizabeth I’s Birthday

September 7
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(b. 1533, London, England; d. 1603, London, England) Queen Elizabeth I, or Elizabeth R, as she referred to herself, was a revered English queen, and a member of the Tudor family, who ruled over a period of English history often referred to as “The Golden Age.” Ascending the throne at a time when England was in religious conflict and economic hardship, Elizabeth earned her country’s respect as a bold and independently minded ruler, who successfully lifted England out of its…

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Margaret Sanger’s Birthday

September 14
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(b. 1879, Corning, New York; d. 1966, Tucson, Arizona) Margaret Sanger was an activist who pioneered the fight for American reproductive freedom in the early 20th century. She was born Margaret Louise Higgins, in Corning, New York, to a large Catholic working-class family. One of eleven children, Sanger was profoundly affected by her mother’s death from cervical cancer and tuberculosis in 1899. In addition to eleven live births, Sanger’s mother experienced seven additional pregnancies, which Sanger believed were the cause…

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Hildegarde of Bingen Feast Day

September 17
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(b. 1098, Böckelheim, Germany; d. 1179, Ruperstberg, Germany) Hildegarde of Bingen, also known as St. Hildegard and the Sybil of the Rhine, was an enormously influential and spiritual woman, who paved the way for other women to succeed in a number of fields from theology to music. She was a mystic writer, who completed three books of her visions. During a time when members of the Catholic Church accorded women little respect, Hildegarde was consulted by bishops and consorted with…

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October 2020

International Day of the Girl

October 11
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 11 of October, repeating indefinitely

The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

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Kali Hindu Goddess Festival

October 27
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 27 of October, repeating indefinitely

(Mythic) Worship of Kali has roots in ancient East Indian belief systems from the first millennium B.C.E. Her name first appears in the holy Hindu text Rg Veda, 1700–1100 B.C.E. (exact dates uncertain). She is also described in the Devi-Mahatmya portion of the Indian historical texts Markandeya Purana, circa 300–600. Today Kali is primarily worshipped in Bengal, eastern India, and throughout Southeast Asia in various forms. Kali, whose other names include Sati, Rudrani, Parvati, Chinnemastica, Kamakshi, Umak Menakshi, Himavati, and Kumari, is the fierce manifestation of the Hindu…

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Natalie Barney’s Birthday

October 31
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 31 of October, repeating indefinitely

(b. 1876, Dayton, Ohio; d. 1972, Paris, France) Natalie Barney was both a poet and a prose writer, who was famous for her weekly salons, which gathered together many of the twentieth century’s greatest artists and writers from the Western world. She is celebrated for openly living and writing as a lesbian during a time when women’s behavior was closely circumscribed. Barney is also known as “The Amazon,” a nickname given to her by the poet Remy de Gourmont after…

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November 2020

Anna van Schurman’s Birthday

November 5
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(b. 1607, Cologne, Germany; d. 1678, Wieuwerd, Netherlands) Anna Maria van Schurman is readily considered the most highly educated woman of the 17th century. She questioned the role that women should play in Dutch society, and her determination to receive an education, along with her achievements, made her stand out from other women of her time. Her radical belief that women should be educated to receive an education, not just for a professional purpose or for employment, was controversial and…

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Birthday

November 15
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(b. 1887, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; d. 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico) Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most well known American painters, is also considered by some to be the foremother of the feminist art movement. She worked in a discipline dominated by male artists, critics, gallery owners, and curators, who were critical of women artists. Despite these obstacles, O’Keeffe launched a successful career, developing a distinctive painting style that employed organic vulvar forms and floral imagery. Her life experiences influenced…

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February 2021

Elizabeth Blackwell’s Birthday

February 3, 2021
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 3 of February, repeating indefinitely

(b. 1821, Bristol, England; d. 1910, Sussex, England) In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. The English-born physician opened the field for other women while founding important medical institutions such as the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857, and the National Health Society in 1871. Born in England, Blackwell emigrated with her family to the United States in 1832, and lived in New York City. Privately tutored…

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