Hypatia, a Neoplatonist philosopher in Alexandria Eqypt, considered one of the mothers of mathematics, and also instructor in philosophy and astronomy. She encouraged logic and mathematical study to explain the mysteries of the universe and ran afoul of Christians who either stoned or dragged her through the streets and then burned her body as a witch. Retrato imaginario de Hipatia, de Rafael Sanzio; Museos Vaticanos).
November 28, 1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. Lady Astor is nearly as famous for her scathing wit as she is for her political career.
Emily Hahn (14 January 1905-18 February 1997), American writer; she was the first woman to earn a degree in Mining Engineering at the University of Wisconsin; she drove across the US disguised as a man; she walked across Central Africa alone; enjoyed opium during her years in Shanghai; had a baby in wartime Hong Kong; wrote for the New Yorker; lived to age 92.
Margaret Cavendish (1623 – 15 Dec. 1673) was an English aristocrat, scientist, poet, philosopher, writer of prose romances, essayist, and playwright who published under her own name at a time when most women writers published anonymously. Her utopian romance, The Blazing World, is one of the earliest examples of science fiction. She has been claimed as an advocate for animals and as an early opponent of animal testing.
Born December 8, 1919: Julia Robinson (1919–1985), eminent mathematician who contributed to the fields of logic and number theory and whose collaboration solved Hibert’s Tenth Problem. First woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1975). First woman president of the American Mathematical Society (1983).
Lt. Bernice Harrington of the 801st Air Evacuation Unit catnaps as the hospital plane wings its way toward the front lines. Lt. Harrington will be in charge of the wounded men whom the plane will pick up for evacuation to a station hospital to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, April 1944 ~
CLARK GABLE serving as an gunner during in WWII. He signed up for duty following the tragic death of his wife Carole Lombard, who was on a war bond tour when her plane crashed. The grief-striken Gable served with a bomber squad in Europe. Due to his fame and heroism, Hitler put a bounty on Gable's head.
Clarence “Skip” Ellis was the first African-American to earn a PhD in Computer Science. He helped develop the concept of clicking icons which lead to the development of user friendly operating systems such as Windows or Mac. Most computer users, even highly proficient users, would not be able to operate their computer without this simple concept. Thank you, sir!
Lucy Burns was an American suffragist women's rights advocate. In 1917 she was imprisoned at Occoquan Workhouse for protesting, picketing, marching at the White House. She endured the “Night of Terror” by the guards. The women were treated brutally were refused medical attention. Of the well-known suffragists of the era, Burns spent the most time in jail. Photo by Harris Ewing. ~Fighting for Our Rights.
Raichō Hiratsuka (1886–1971) was a writer, journalist, political activist & pioneering feminist. In 1911 she founded Japan's first all-women literary magazine, Seitō. The journal soon focused on women’s issues, including candid discussion of female sexuality, chastity & abortion. Hiratsuka also founded the New Women's Association, which overturned the Police Security Regulations which had barred women from joining political organizations & holding or attending political meetings.