Topics Related to Women's History

On May 26, 1949, actress Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem.

On March 4, 1861, successful African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley met soon-to-be First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln for the first time at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

On February 27, 1964, black feminist activist, scholar and educator Anna Julia Haywood Cooper died at the age of 105.

On February 21, 1933, Nina Simone, often called the “high priestess of soul,” was born in the small town of Tryon in Polk County.

On February 13, 1943, the first women to sign up for non-clerical duties enlisted in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.

On February 11, 1813, freedom seeker, writer and abolitionist Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton.

On February 11, 1917, Annie Oakley exhibited her skills as a markswoman in Pinehurst.

On February 10, 1937, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain.

On January 9, 1878, Tabitha Holton became the first woman licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  Born in 1854 near Jamestown, she had three brothers, all of whom were attorneys. She is said to have gained her training in the law from having tutored her siblings.