Norwegian women participate in at a suffrage march in New York in 1913. X
Women in Norway earned the right to vote in stages, however a milestone was reached on the 14th of June, 1907, when middle class women were finally granted permission to vote in parliamentary elections.
While women’s suffrage came fairly early to Norway, by this point in time women in countries such as New Zealand and Australia had had full voting rights for several years.
Women vote in 1909.
The first Norwegian parliamentary election to include women was held in 1909.
It was not until 1913 that women’s voting rights equal to men’s were granted.
A swimsuit fashion show is held at the Hudson’s Bay Company in Vancouver, Canada on the 31st of May, 1932.
Portrait by Mathew Brady
On the 10th of May, 1872, for the first time in the history of the United States, a woman was nominated for President.
Victoria Woodhull, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, was born in September, 1838. The legality of her nomination is disputed for a number of reasons, including the fact she was under the required minimum age of thirty-five at the time.
She was the candidate for the Equal Rights Party. Though she was unsuccessful, she tried again a number of times over the following couple of decades.
On the 12th of March, 1985, the government of the Republic of Ireland finally stood up to the powerful Catholic Church and legalised contraception.
The 1970s saw feminists travelling to Belfast in Northern Ireland and returning home with contraceptives, risking arrest for importing illegal products. They were met by protestors upon their arrival home.
Illegal in the Republic in all circumstances until 1980, a new law allowed some contraception to be dispensed by a pharmacist to people with a doctor’s prescription.
This highly restrictive law was finally changed five years later, despite conservative opposition.
Some Americans were so outraged that “Holy Ireland” now allowed contraception, they wrote to the Prime Minister to complain.
Even so, advertising of contraceptives was still banned, and Ireland continued to have one of the highest birth rates in the developed world.
Martina von Trapp, the inspiration for the character of Gretl in The Sound of Music, died giving birth to her first child on the 25th of February, 1951. She was thirty at the time.
Martina was not particularly similar to her movie version, as she had dark hair and eyes, and was in her late teens when she left Austria, not five, as she is in the movie.
She was buried in Vermont, holding her stillborn daughter.
Found in the wreckage X
On the 15th of February, 1961 the plane transporting the entire US figure skating team to the World Championships crashed in Belgium, killing everyone on board.
Two days earlier, national ladies’ champion Laurence Owen, aged sixteen, had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. There is a common myth that appearing on the cover of the magazine curses athletes, as she is not the only person to have something terrible happen soon afterwards.
The Owen family. X
Owen’s sister Maribel, also a member of the team, and her mother, a coach and former champion herself, were also on the flight.
In addition to the seventy-two people on the plane, a farmer was also killed by flying debris.
The team boards the plane the day before the crash. X
Once news of the crash got out, the Championships, scheduled to be held in Prague, were cancelled to honour the victims.