Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England in 1553. The fifteen-year-old queen reigned for only nine days. Older children could read Ann Rinaldi’s Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey.
Seneca Falls Convention, an early women’s rights convention, was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. For two days the women debated voting rights, property rights, and laws regarding divorce. Speakers included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglass. The meetings became an annual event until the Civil War broke out. Children can learn more at: Convention.
Wimbledon tennis championships were held for the first time in 1877. The competition, held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, started on July 9 and featured 22 male players. Spencer Gore won the competition. Ladies’ Singles and Gentlemen’s Doubles were added in 1884. Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles premiered in 1913. Children could learn more at: Wimbledom.
Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 became the first woman United State vice presidential nominee. She ran with Walter Mondale for the Democrats. They were defeated by Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Older children could learn more at: Geraldine Ferraro.