Ancient Roman Festival of Matronalia, which celebrated Juno Lucina, the Goddess of childbirth and motherhood, and was thought to mark the first day of the Roman Calendar.
March 1, 1980
Legendary pop band, Blondie, reached the top spot on the UK Singles Chart with their song, Atomic. It was the group’s third UK #1 from their album, Eat to the Beat.
International Women’s Day. Origins of IWD can be traced back to socialist political protests in the U.S and Europe in the early 1900’s. Initially conceived to honor and fight for the political rights of working women, it now also focuses on women’s rights worldwide and encompasses both celebration and advocacy activities.
March 10, 1913
Harriet Tubman dies. Ms Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, suffragette and, during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
March 12, 1921
Edith Cowan (Nationalist, West Perth) becomes the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament. She served in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly until 22 March 1924. And she’s on our $50 note!
March 15, 1933
The mighty Ruth Bader Ginsburg is born. RBG was appointed the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1993. Before becoming a judge, Ginsburg spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women's rights as a constitutional principle.
March 25, 1925
Legendary southern gothic author, Flannery O’Connor is born in 1925. Feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem is also born on this day in 1934.
March 29, 1815
Author Jane Austen completes her well-loved novel, Emma.
March 30, 1932
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
March 31, 1909
Women in Victoria won an equal right with men to vote in State elections. Only women who met the property qualification could vote in Legislative Council elections.