Category: Women in the News

Women Who Made History Today-March 24

1603

Mar 24, Tudor Queen Elizabeth I (69), the “Virgin Queen,” died. She had reigned from 1558-1603. Scottish King James VI, son of Mary, became King James I of England in the union of the crowns. Each country retained its own parliament until 1707. In 2006 Leanda de Lisle authored “After Elizabeth.”

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Women Who Made History Today – March 21

1617
Mar 21, Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) died of either small pox or pneumonia while in England with her husband, John Rolfe. As Pocahontas and John Rolfe prepared to sail back to Virginia, she died reportedly from the wet English winter. She was buried at the parish church of St. George in Gravesend, England. In 2003 Paula Gunn Allen authored “Pocahontas “Medicine Woman, Spy, entrepreneur, Diplomat.”

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Women Who Made History Today – March 14

1977
Mar 14, Fannie Lou Hamer (b.1917), Mississippi civil rights champion, died. She had helped register black voters when doing so put her own life in danger. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

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Women Who Made History Today

1982
Mar 13, At the Massacre of Rio Negro 130 [177] Achi Maya women and children were killed by Xococ patrolmen. On Nov 30, 1998, three Xococ pro-government fighters, Carlos Chen, Pedro Gonzalez and FerminLajuj, were sentenced to death for their war crimes in the massacre. In 2003 the PBS documentary “Discovering Dominga” told the story of a Mayan girl who survived the massacre and her struggle to discover what happened to her family.

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Women Who Made History Today

1948

Mar 10, Author Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at Highland Hospital, NC. She was locked in on the 3rd floor while undergoing insulin-induced coma therapy. In 2001 Kendall Taylor authored “Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, a Marriage.”

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