1 August, 1786 – Caroline Herschel discovers the first of eight comets
August 5, 1888 – Bertha Benz drives round trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the first long distance automobile trip. The route is commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.
August 6, 1926 – Gertrude Ederle swims across the English Channel, becoming the first woman to do so.
August 9, 1930 – Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.
August 15, 1974 – Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is ratified granting women the right to vote
August 26, 1970 – Betty Friedan leads a nationwide protest called the Women’s Strike for Equality in New York City on the fiftieth anniversary of women’s suffrage
August 26, 1971 – The first “Women’s Equality Day,” initiated by Representative Bella Abzug, is established by Presidential Proclamation and reaffirmed annually
August 30, 1984 – Judith A. Resnick is the second US woman in space, traveling on the first flight of the space shuttle Discovery
31 August 1919 – Birth of Amrita Pritam, the first prominent female Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, she received the Jnanpith Award, one of India's highest literary honors