7 November…

Did you know that women who wore trousers in Paris between 7 November 1800 to 4 February 2013, were actually committing an illegal offence? Since 7 November 1800, it was illegal for a woman in Paris to wear trousers without police permission. The most disobeyed law (only affecting Paris, not the whole of France) was…

15 March…

The famous Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, the two biggest universities in the UK takes place on an irregular basis since 10 June 1829. But today in 1927, is the first Women’s Boat Race. Originally the two female crews were not allowed on the river at the same…

8 March…

The first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s license happens today in 1910. French aviator Raymonde de Laroche was issued her license by the Aero Club de France. She would gone on to participate in aviation meetings in Egypt, Saint Petersburg Budapest and Rouen. As well as win awards in 1913, such as…

1 March…

Three women, a Caribbean slave, Tituba, a homeless beggar, Sarah Good and an elderly Sarah Osborn – were brought before the magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne today to be questioned. Their crime? Witchcraft. Today in 1692, the Salem Witch Trials begin in Salem Village, Massachusetts. After a number of school girls experienced uncontrollable delusions,…

20 February…

Today in 1935, Caroline Mikkelsen is the first woman to set foot on the Antarctic island. Caroline was a Danish-Norwegian explorer who jointed the 8 crew members of the whale oil tanker M/S Thorshavn to Antarctica. The Captain of the ship was Klarius Mikkelsen, who was also Carolines husband. in light of the Norwegian discovery,…

9 February…

“United Procession Of Women, on Saturday, Feb. 9th, to assemble in Hyde Park, Band Stand, Hyde Park Corner, at 2pm”. It would be the largest women’s suffragette demonstration seen to date, with over 3,000 women joining the march in 1907. Later to be known as the Mud March, due to the heavy rain leaving the…

6 February…

Today in 1952, whilst at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England and Northern Ireland upon the death of her father King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history, having ruled the country for more than 60 years. Fun fact: the Queen has written more…

28 January…

Today in 1813, Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, is published and goes on sale. The original title of the novel was “First Impressions” and was written in October 1796. Jane Austen was only 20 years old. However, late 1797, the novel was rejected and refused publication by London publishers. From the publication and success…

23 January…

Today in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to be awarded a medical degree (M.D) by the Geneva Medical College, New York. Not only that but she is also United States’ first female doctor on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council (the official register of medical practitioners). Born in Bristol, UK, Elizabeth…

22 January…

Yesterday in 1908, New York issued a new law named “Sullivan Ordinance” banning women from smoking in public. Timothy Sullivan, an alderman (council), believed that woman who smoked in public were immoral and sinful. With in one day of this act being passed, it is broken by Katie Mulcahey. Today, in 1908, Katie is arrested…