Month: December 2018

Women.Born.Before | 12.31

31 dec 1829 Lucretia Crocker
Lucretia Crocker (31 dec 1829 – 09 oct 1886 | Barnstable MA – Boston MA) author, educator, first female supervisor Boston Public Schools, educational activist / advocate / innovator | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
31 dec 1834 Queen Kapi'olani
Queen Kapi’olani Napelakapuokakaʻe (31 dec 1834 – 24 jun 1899 | Hilo HI – Waikiki HI) Queen Consort of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, medical / educational philanthropist, founded Kapi’olani Maternity Home and Kapi’olani Home for Girls | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
31 dec 1834 Mary Jane Safford-Blake
Mary Jane Safford-Blake (31 dec 1834 – 08 dec 1891 | Hyde Park VT – Tarpon Springs FL) author, teacher, translator, Civil War Union field nurse | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Elizabeth Arden (31 dec 1878 – 18 oct 1966 | Woodbridge, Ontario – New York NY) Canadian-American author, social icon, beauty products innovator, cosmetics businesswoman, née Florence Nightingale Graham

[Ida] Frances [Fanny] Steloff (31 dec 1887 – 15 apr 1989 | Saratoga Springs NY – New York NY) literary icon / innovator, legendary Gotham Book Mart owner

Helen Adolf (31 dec 1895 – 13 dec 1998 | Vienna, Austria – State College PA) Austrian-American poet, author, linguist, translator, literature scholar

Lucile Lundquist Blanch (31 dec 1895 – 31 oct 1981 | Hawley MN – Kingston NY) painter, Guggenheim Fellow

Lillian Marie Bounds Disney (31 dec 1899 – 16 dec 1997 | Spalding ID – West Los Angeles CA) inker, artist, original namer of Mickey Mouse

Selma Burke (31 dec 1900 – 29 aug 1995 | Mooresville NC – New Hope PA) African-American sculptor, art school founder

Helen Dodson Prince (31 dec 1905 – 04 feb 2002 | Baltimore MD – Arlington VA) author, astronomer, pioneer solar flare researcher, women astronomers’ advocate

Elizabeth MacKethan Magid (31 dec 1917 – 23 mar 2004 | North Carolina US – Golden CO) poet, pilot, freelance writer

Ruth Rogers-Altmann (31 dec 1917 – 11 oct 2015 | Vienna, Austria – New York NY) Austrian-American painter, fashion designer

Kyra Petrovskaya Wayne (31 dec 1918 – Crimea, Russia) singer, author, lecturer, WWII sniper, Russian-born American, Siege of Leningrad survivor

Carmen Contreras-Bozak (31 dec 1919 – 30 jan 2017 | Cayey, Puerto Rico – Land O’ Lakes FL) first Hispanic in US Women’s Army Corps (WAC), founded Florida chapters for WAC Veterans and the Society of Military Widows

Recy Taylor (31 dec 1919 – 28 dec 2017 | Abbeville AL – Abbeville AL) civil rights activist / catalyst, black woman kidnapped from church, raped by six white men (never charged), Alabama apologized for the injustice / lack of prosecution 67 years later

Pat Ostroot Russell (31 dec 1923 – Portland OR) politician, WWII mail carrier / furniture maker, fourth woman on LA City Council, first female Los Angeles City Council President

Nancy Hanks (31 dec 1927 – 07 jan 1983 | Miami Beach FL – New York NY) arts / civic activist, first female National Endowment of the Arts chairperson

Odetta Felious Gordon Holmes (31 dec 1930 – 02 dec 2008 | Birmingham AL – New York NY) African-American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, civil / human rights activist, aka Voice of Civil Rights Movement

Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali (31 dec 1933 – 23 dec 2013 | Athens, Greece – Athens, Greece) Greek-American sculptor, pioneer mixed media artist

Inge Auerbacher (31 dec 1934 – Kippenheim, Germany) German-Jewish-American, author, chemist, memoirist, Holocaust survivor

Bari Eve Prosterman Wood (31 dec 1936 – Jacksonville IL) sci-fi / crime / horror novelist

Cecelia Holland (31 dec 1943 – Henderson NV) historical novelist / nonfiction writer, children’s book author

Ruth [June] Hunt (31 dec 1944 – Dallas TX) religious author, non-profit ministry founder, Chief Service Officer (CSO) of Hope for the Heart and for Hope Center

Barbara Nissman (31 dec 1944 – Philadelphia PA) concert pianist

Arlyn Sharyn Dunetz Phoenix (31 dec 1944 – Bronx NY) matriarch, midwifery educator, social / global sustainability activist, cofounded River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Lois Galgay Reckitt (31 dec 1944 – Cambridge MA) feminist, essayist, marine biologist, state legislator, LGBT / human rights activist, domestic violence awareness advocate, former Executive Director of Family Crisis Services, co-founded: first NOW Chapter in Maine, Human Rights Campaign Fund, Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Coalition for Human Rights

Constance Elaine Trimmer [Connie] Willis (31 dec 1945 – Denver CO) sci-fi / comic sci-fi / social satire / comedy of manners author

Diane von Fürstenberg (31 dec 1946 – Brussels, Belgian) Belgian-American author, memoirist, fashion icon / designer, née Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg

Jane I. Guyer (31 dec 1946 – Scotland UK) Scottish-American author, social / cultural anthropologist, economic development specialist

Wendy Gaynor (31 dec 1947 – US) author, baker, memoirist, columnist, entrepreneur, traumatic brain injury activist / fundraiser

Ellen Datlow (31 dec 1949 – New York NY) science fiction / horror / fantasy editor and anthologist

Susan Shwartz (31 dec 1949 – Youngstown OH) novelist, short story writer

Susan Wornick (31 dec 1949 – Bronx NY) current tv host / spokesperson, former radio anchor / reporter / journalist, charities philanthropist

Verna Cheryl Womack (31 dec 1950 – Kansas City KS) philanthropist, entrepreneur, founded National Association of Independent Truckers insurance company

Susan Elaine Eisenhower (31 dec 1951 – Fort Knox KY) author, consultant, international energy / security / space policy expert

Janet-Laine Green (31 dec 1951 – Toronto, Ontario) teacher, actress, director, producer, voice actor, production company owner

Sheryl Lynam Stamps Leach (31 dec 1952 – Dallas TX) author, children’s tv show creator / writer / producer

Clarice Tinsley (31 dec 1954 – Detroit MI) broadcast journalist

Ann E. London (31 dec 1957 – Southern CA) artist, conservationist, retired media animal activist, founding member Build on Hope in Mozambique

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Women.Born.Before | 12.30

30 dec 1799 Josefa [Chipita] Rodriguez
Josefa [Chipita] Rodriguez (30 dec 1799 – 13 nov 1863 | Mexico, New Spain – San Patricio TX) Mexican-American innkeeper, convicted / hanged for murder, first and only woman hanged in Texas, subject of books / operas / newspaper and magazine articles, Texas Legislature resolved [a century later in 1985] that Josefa did not receive a fair trial and should not have been hanged | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
30 dec 1841 Agnes Irwin
Agnes Irwin (30 dec 1841 – 05 dec 1914 | Washington DC – Philadelphia PA) author, editor, educator, girls’ school founder, political family member, first dean at Radcliffe College, principal at West Penn Square Seminary for Young Ladies (later named Agnes Irwin School) | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
30 dec 1855 Katharine Jeannette Bush
Katharine Jeannette Bush (30 dec 1855 – 19 jan 1937 | Scranton PA – New Haven CT) author, essayist, zoologist, dictionary editor, first to earn PhD in Sciences at Yale | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Rachel Foster Avery (30 dec 1858 – 26 oct 1919 | Pittsburgh PA – Philadelphia PA) suffragist, journalist, political activist, organized International Council of Women for National American Woman Suffrage Association, organizer / corresponding secretary for both organizations

Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (30 dec 1858 – 1937 | Kingfield ME – Kingfield ME) pioneering female photographer, hand-colored glass slide artist

Jane Yelvington McCallum (30 dec 1877 – 14 aug 1957 | LaVernia TX – Austin TX) author, suffrage / prohibition activist, longest-serving Secretary of State of Texas, one of first mothers to attend UTexas at Austin, first married woman to join UTA sorority

Henrietta Eleanor Goodnough Deuell (30 dec 1889 – 19 jun 1967 | Bennington KS – Carmel Valley CA) journalist, pen name: Peggy Hull, American female WWI / WWII war correspondent, first female war correspondent accredited by US War Department

Nina Koshetz (30 dec 1891 – 14 may 1965 | Kiev, Ukraine – Santa Ana CA) Russian-American actress, recital singer, operatic soprano

Helen von Kolnitz Hyer (30 dec 1896 – 14 nov 1983 | Charleston SC – Beaufort SC) poet, curator, novelist, children’s author

Rachel Henderlite (30 dec 1905 – 06 nov 1991 | Henderson NC – Austin TX) author, professor, religious leader, ecumenical activist, first woman ordained pastor of Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUS)

Jane Gillson Langton (30 dec 1922 – 22 dec 2018 | Boston MA – Lincoln MA) author, children’s books / adult novel illustrator

Yvonne Madelaine Claeys Brill (30 dec 1924 – 27 mar 2013 | Winnipeg, Manitoba – Princeton NJ) Canadian-American, rocket scientist, jet propulsion innovator / researcher

Lorna Jolley Kesterson (30 dec 1925 – 16 jan 2012 | St George UT – Las Vegas Valley NV) journalist, politician, newspaper editor / reporter, first female mayor in Henderson Nevada 

Margaret Holland [Meg] Sargent (30 dec 1927 – Hollywood CA) portrait artist

Nancy Van de Vate (30 dec 1930 – Plainfield NJ) American-Austrian pianist, composer

Susan Subtle (30 dec 1941 – Atlantic City NJ) author, curator, reviewer, columnist, product designer, known for focus on recycled and outsider art

Betty Kay Ageloff Aberlin (30 dec 1942 – New York NY) poet, writer, actress, literary website contributor, late-night jazz / poetry / spoken radio show host

Patricia Lee [Patti] Smith (30 dec 1946 – Chicago IL) poet, memoirist, visual artist, singer-songwriter, children’s book author

Fatima Jibrell (30 dec 1947 – Somalia) Somali-American, environmental activist, co-founder of Sun Fire Cooking, co-founder / former executive director of Horn of Africa Relief and Development Association [now Adeso], instrumental in creating the Women’s Coalition for Peace

Sarah Marshall Kernochan (30 dec 1947 – New York NY) film director, producer, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, documentary filmmaker

Marjorie [Molly] Greene Hahn (30 dec 1948 – US) mathematician, tennis player, research focus on probability theory, professor emerita at Tufts University

Daria Halprin (30 dec 1948 – San Francisco Bay CA) author, dancer, former actress, psychologist

Marcia Kramer (30 dec 1948 – New York NY) electronic journalist, chief political correspondent

Sharon [Safiya] Henderson-Holmes (30 dec 1950 – 08 apr 2001 | Bronx NY – New York NY) poet, natural birth / physical therapist, professor at Syracuse University, involved in Poets and Writers, Art Against Apartheid, National Council of American-Soviet Friendship

June Anderson (30 dec 1952 – Boston MA) coloratura soprano, bel canto performer

Louann Brizendine (30 dec 1952 – US) author, clinician, neuropsychiatrist, specializes in researching effects of hormones on male / female brains

Tina Davidson (30 dec 1952 – Stockholm, Sweden) Swedish-American pianist, composer, essayist, composer-in-residence

Melissa Fay Greene (30 dec 1952 – Macon GA) nonfiction author

Mary Ellen Miller (30 dec 1952 – New York NY) author, curator, academic, art historian, college dean, archaeologist, Mayan / Meso-American scholar

Meredith Louise Vieira (30 dec 1953 – Providence RI) tv show host, broadcast journalist

Glenda R. Taylor (30 dec 1955 – Brooklyn NY) editor, essayist, community activist, philanthropy executive, Olympic Vision charity founder, Dewey educational philosophy proponent

Sheryl Lee Ralph (30 dec 1956 – Waterbury CT) author, singer, actress, HIV / adis activist, youngest female graduate (19 in 1972) from Rutgers University

Silda Alice Wall Spitzer (30 dec 1957 – Chapel Hill NC) lawyer, social activist, former First Lady of New York State, cofounded children’s volunteering not-for-profit, cofounder / CEO of woman-owned New York States of Mind digital magazine / marketplace

Sabina Magliocco (30 dec 1959 – Topeka KS) author, essayist, folklorist, anthropologist, Fulbright Scholar, professor of anthropology

Jennifer Diane Reitz (30 dec 1959 – Baker City OR) writer, trans woman, webcomic author, computer programmer, Transsexuality information website founder / facilitator

Tracey Ullman (30 dec 1959 – Slough UK) English-American singer, dancer, author, actress, director, comedian, screenwriter, businesswoman

Elizabeth Humphreys Penrose (30 dec 1960 – Wilmington DE) science-fiction genre poet

Heather Ann Wilson (30 dec 1960 – Keene NH) author, private pilot, state politician, former US Air Force officer, first female military veteran elected to full-term in US Congress, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Women.Born.Before | 12.29

29 dec 1827 Margaret McDonald Bottome
Margaret McDonald Bottome (29 dec 1827 – 14 nov 1906 | New York NY – New York NY) author, magazine columnist, religious organizer, founded Christian spiritual development / service organization Order of the King’s Daughters | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
29 dec 1865 Lillian Heath Nelson.jpg
Lillian Heath Nelson (29 dec 1865 – 05 aug 1962 | Burnett Junction WI – Rawlins WY) memoirist, first female doctor in Wyoming, one of first female medical practitioners west of the Mississippi River | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
29 dec 1867 Annie Montague Alexander
Annie Montague Alexander (29 dec 1867 – 10 dec 1950 | Honolulu HI – Oakland CA) explorer, paleontologist, philanthropist, museum founder, fossil hunter / collector | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Rosa Hirschmann Gantt (29 dec 1875 – 16 nov 1935 | Camden SC – Philadelphia PA) physician, public health worker, eye-ear-nose-and-throat specialist

Elsa Gidlow (29 dec 1898 – 06 jun 1986 | Hull, England – Mill Valley CA) British-born Canadian-American poet, editor, philosopher, political activist, freelance journalist, autobiographical author

Frances Sutah [Polly] Smith (29 dec 1908 – 18 jun 1980 | Ruston LA – Auburn CA) painter, sculptor, photographer

Phyllis Sheffield (29 dec 1916 – 16 jul 2015 | Miami FL – Palatka FL) artist, painter, world traveller, maps and nautical charts maker, documentary photographer of Miccosukee Indians in Florida

Dina Merrill (29 dec 1923 – 22 mar 2017 | New York NY – East Hampton NY) actress, socialite, patron of arts, philanthropist, businesswoman, born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton 

June Preston (29 dec 1928 – Glendale CA) child actress, operatic spinto soprano / contralto

Margaret Carter (29 dec 1935 – Shreveport LA) former college counselor, domestic abuse survivor, former Oregon state politician, OR Department of Human Services Director of Community Engagement

Mary Tyler Moore (29 dec 1936 – 25 jan 2017 | Brooklyn NY – Greenwich CT) actress, memoirist, social / political / charitable activist

Thea Bowman (29 dec 1937 – 30 mar 1990 | Yazoo City MS – Canton MS) African-American, singer, author, Catholic nun / teacher / scholar / evangelist, National Black Sisters Conference founding member

Molly Bang (29 dec 1943 – Princeton NJ) children’s book author / artist / editor

Eileen Slattery Naughton (29 dec  1945 – Providence RI) consultant, Rhode Island state politician, historic Warwick RI Lockwood Brook Farm co-owner

Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen (29 dec 1947 – Pago Pago, American Samoa) politician, aka Aumua Amata, orator (talking chief) of Aumua, highest ranking Asian Pacific US federal officeholder, international democracy-building activist / participant

Nancy Elliott MacBeth (29 dec 1948 – Edmonton, Alberta) Canadian politician, former Minister of Education, former Minister of Health

Gelsey Kirkland (29 dec 1952 – Bethlehem PA) ballerina, memoirist, children’s book co-author

Joanne Hart (29 dec 1953 – Columbus OH) author, humorist, cameo actor, radio show host, aka Mother Love

Kate Schmidt (29 dec 1953 – Long Beach CA) abstract artist, former US record holder in javelin throw, college throwing coach, owns HomeBodies mobile fitness and rehab business

Charlaine [Charlayne] Woodard (29 dec 1953 – Albany NY) playwright, film / stage / television actress

Sharon G. Flake (29 dec 1955 – Philadelphia PA) novelist, journalist, non-fiction writer, public relations professional

Carol Perkins (29 dec 1957 – Sarasota FL) model, businesswoman, pet product designer / business owner

Nancy Jane Decker Currie (29 dec 1958 – Wilmington DE) pilot, engineer, NASA astronaut, US Army Colonel, Master Army Aviator, Army Aviation School leader

Elonka Dunin (29 dec 1958 – Santa Monica CA) author, lecturer, video game developer, cryptographer, international expert in Kryptos sculpture at CIA Headquarters in Langley VA, founding member of Online Games group of International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

Kären Wigen (29 dec 1958 – East Lansing MI) author, educator, historian, geographer, Japanese history expert, history of cartography specialist

Paula Poundstone (29 dec 1959 – Huntsville AL) actor, author, interviewer, commentator, stand-up comedian

Women.Born.Before | 12.28

28 dec 1789 Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Catharine Maria Sedgwick (28 dec 1789 – 31 jul 1867 | Stockbridge MA – Boston MA) novelist, domestic fiction writer, Republican motherhood advocate | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
28 dec 1816 Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard
Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard (28 dec 1816 – 25 jul 1897 | Ware MA – Chicago IL) author, committed by her husband / spent three years in an insane asylum, founded Anti-Insane Asylum Society, women’s mental health rights activist, advocate for those falsely accused of being insane | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
28 dec 1867 Joanna Ellen Wood
Joanna Ellen Wood (28 dec 1867 – 01 may 1927 | Lesmahagow, Scotland – Detroit MI) Scottish-born Canadian, author, feminist, novelist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Ella Mae Ervin Romig (28 dec 1871 – 01 jan 1937 | Wilkes-Barre PA – Bethel AK) nurse, missionary wife in Alaska, against Moravian church allowed her children to adopt Yup’ik diet, dress, and customs

Carol Ryrie Brink (28 dec 1895 – 15 aug 1981 | Moscow ID – La Jolla CA) adult and juvenile novelist / playwright

Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken (28 dec 1895 – 22 jun 1988 | Gainesville TX – Tucson AZ) author, playwright

Leona Rostenberg (28 dec 1908 – 17 mar 2005 | Bronx NY – Manhattan NY) author, memoirist, essayist, rare books dealer / collector

Aleda E. Lutz (28 dec 1915 – 01 nov 1944 | Freeland MI – Saint-Chamond, France) distinguished war heroine, flight nurse US with Army Nurse Corps, first American female combat death in WWII, second highest decorated woman in US history [after Civil War Doctor Mary Edwards Walker]

Loretta C. Ford (28 dec 1920 – New York NY) nurse, nurse educator, co-founded first US nurse practitioner program, University of Rochester nursing school founding dean

Janet Louise Swoboda Lunn (28 dec 1928 – 26 jun 2017 | Dallas TX – Ottawa, Ontario) American-Canadian children’s writer, first children’s author Chair of Writers’ Union of Canada

Mary Fanett Wheeler (28 dec 1938 – Cuero TX) author, mathematician

Lise Waldman Menn (28 dec 1941 – Philadelphia PA) author, linguist, linguistics professor, psycholinguist scholar

Eleanor Atwood Arnason (28 dec 1942 – New York NY) sci-fi novelist / short story writer

Sylvia Barack Fishman (28 dec 1942 – US) author, feminist scholar, Jewish-American. professor of Judaic Studies at Brandeis, co-director of Hadassah Brandeis Institute, member Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)

Elsie Bernice Washington (28 dec 1942 – 05 may 2009 | New York NY – Manhattan NY) novelist, journalist, first African-American romance novelist writing about African-Americans featuring African-American characters

Sandra Faber (28 dec 1944 – Boston MA) editor, author, astronomer, co-discoverer of Faber-Jackson relation, co-designer of Keck telescopes in HI

Elizabeth Garcie [Betty] Flores (28 dec 1944 – Laredo TX) businesswoman, first female Mayor of Laredo, driving force behind World Trade Bridge

Katharine Kolcaba (28 dec 1944 – US) author, nursing theorist, nursing professor, developer of the Theory of Comfort for mid-level nursing

Dora Levy Mossanen (28 dec 1945 – Tel Aviv, Israel) Israeli-American media writer, historical novelist

Yasmin Aga Khan (28 dec 1949 – Lausanne, Switzerland) princess, philanthropist, Alzheimer’s awareness activist

Sonia Silva (28 dec 1950 – Chicago IL) politician, social worker, day care advocate

Margaret D. Tutwiler (28 dec 1950 – Birmingham AL) US diplomat, former US State Department Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Debbie Willhite (28 dec 1951 – Memphis TN) political activist / consultant

Annette Patricia Lareau (28 dec 1952 – US) author, sociologist, researcher

Cynthia [Cinny] Clare Kennard (28 dec 1953 – Norwalk CT) author, former broadcast journalist, professor of journalism, business and non-profit executive, executive director of The Annenberg Foundation and Annenberg PetSpace

Gayle King (28 dec 1954 – Chevy Chase MD) magazine editor-at-large, morning news anchor

Janice Chiang (28 dec 1955 – US) Asian-American comic book colorist / letterer

Isabelle Anna [Ziggy] Lorenc (28 dec 1958 – Toronto, Ontario) Canadian author, actress, tv / radio host / personality

Twila Paris (28 dec 1958 – Fort Worth TX) Christian author, pianist, singer-songwriter

Terri Leslie Garber (28 dec 1960 – Miami FL) actress, co-founded SistersAlchemy handmade natural scented soaps

Women.Born.Before | 12.27

27 dec 1853 Fannie Ogden Ide
Fannie Ogden Ide (27 dec 1853 – 02 jul 1927 | Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn NY) children’s author, pen name: Ruth Ogden | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourneaption
27 dec 1863 Florence Byrne Cartwright
Florence Byrne Cartwright (27 dec 1863 – 22 sep 1944 | Galena IL – Salem OR) poet, sestina / metrical composition expert | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

 

27 dec 1882 Mina Loy
Mina Loy (27 dec 1882 – 25 sep 1966 | London UK – Aspen CO) British-born American poet, artist, novelist, actress, designer, futurist, bohemian, playwright, lamp designer, Christian Scientist, born Mina Gertrude Löwy | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (27 dec 1898 – 01 mar 1985 | Cetinje, Montenegro – Scottsdale AZ) Montenegrin-American novelist, master sacred dancer, Gurdjieff / Theosophical member, F. L. Wright autobiographical editor / author, Taliesin Fellowship co-creator / director

Marie Magdalene [Marlene] Dietrich (27 dec 1901 – 06 may 1992 | Schöneberg, Germany – Paris, France) singer, actress, memoirist, German-American, social / film icon, recluse, autobiographical author

Frieda Barkin Hennock (27 dec 1904 – 20 jun 1960 | Kovel, Ukraine – Washington DC) Ukrainian-American lawyer, Federal Communications Commission, public television founder / innovator

Lillian Myrtle [Polly] Povey Thompson (27 dec 1904 – 26 jun 1994 | Portland OR – Portland OR) architect, one of first registered female architects, one of first female members of American Institute of Architects

Elizabeth Smart (27 dec 1913 – 04 mar 1986 | Ottawa, Ontario – London UK) Canadian poet, novelist

Betty Jean Jennings Bartik (27 1924 – 23 mar 2011 | Gentry MO – Poughkeepsie NY) inventor, technical publisher, computer software inventor / innovator / programmer, first all-electronic digital computer (ENIAC) co-developer

Stella Bloomberg Hackel Sims (27 dec 1926 – Burlington VT) attorney, former State of Vermont politician, former Director of the United States Mint

Anne Legendre Armstrong (27 dec 1927 – 30 jul 2008 | New Orleans LA – Houston TX) US diplomat, politician, first female Counselor to US President, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Mary Ellen [Meg] Greenfield (27 dec 1930 – 13 may 1999 | Seattle WA – Bainbridge Island WA) columnist, memoirist, editorial writer, Fulbright Scholar, awarded Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

Ruth Carol Taylor (27 dec 1931 – Boston MA) nurse, first female African-American flight attendant, women’s rights / consumer affairs activist

Norma Rae Beatty Ashby (27 dec 1935 – Helena MT) live tv show co-host, broadcast journalist, documentary filmmaker

Sandra Gilbert (27 dec 1936 – New York NY) poet, professor, literary critic, co-author, non-fiction writer, second-wave feminist critic and theorist

Beverly P. Lynch (27 dec 1936 – USA) author, librarian, library science educator, former president of American Library Association (ALA)

Stella F. Thayer (27 dec 1940 – Tampa FL) attorney, thoroughbred racing co-owner / activist, president of National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, past president of Thoroughbred Racing Association

Martha Shelley (27 dec 1943 – Brooklyn NY) lesbian poet, writer, activist, feminist

Diane Stanley (27 dec 1943 – Abilene TX) children’s author, illustrator, graphic artist

Patricia Gaffney (27 dec 1945 – Tampa FL) historical and contemporary novelist

Marie-Marthe Aldéa Landry (27 dec 1945 – Sainte-Cécile, New Brunswick) lawyer, politician, public servant, former Bank of Canada director

Janet Perry (27 dec 1947 – Minneapolis MN) operatic soprano

Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs [Cokie] Roberts (27 dec 1946 – New Orleans LA) author, journalist, memoirist, political commentator, NPR senior news analyst

Ydessa Hendeles (27 dec 1948 – Marburg, Germany) German-Canadian, artist-curator, philanthropist, Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation director

Isola Jones (27 dec 1949 – Chicago IL) operatic mezzo-soprano

Terri Sue [Tovah] Feldshuh (27 dec 1952 – New York NY) singer, actress, playwright

Sheila Ann Dixon (27 dec 1953 – Baltimore MD) first African-American female City Council of Baltimore, Baltimore’s first female mayor /  third black mayor, convicted of misappropriating public funds which forced her to resignation

Marillyn Adams Hewson (27 dec 1953 – Junction City KS) author, CEO / chair / president of Lockheed Martin

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd (27 dec 1955 – Montgomery AL) scientist, mechanical engineer, academic administrator, past president of Alabama State University

Barbara Kay Bracher Olson (27 dec 1955 – 11 sep 2001 | Houston TX – Arlington VA) author, attorney, tv commentator, former US Federal Prosecutor, 9/11 victim at US Pentagon

Patricia Gaffney (27 dec 1956 – Tampa FL) romance novelist, women’s fiction writer

Karen Parfitt Hughes (27 dec 1956 – Paris, France) American author, memoirist, breast cancer research activist, former television news reporter, public relations professional, former Texas press coordinator for Reagan-Bush campaign

Gerina Dunwich (27 dec 1959 – Chicago IL) author, Wiccan, pagan poet, occult historian, professional astrologer, Paranormal Animal Research Group founder

Victoria Paige Meyerink (27 dec 1960 – Santa Barbara CA) producer, former child actor, first / youngest female film producer [in 1982 at age 22]

 

Women.Born.Before | 12.26

26 dec 1819 E. D. E. N. Southworth
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte [E. D. E. N.] Southworth (26 dec 1819 – 30 jun 1899 | Washington DC – Washington DC ) novelist, short fiction writer | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
26 dec 1836 Emily Wilder Leavitt
Emily Wilder Leavitt (26 dec 1836 – 02 nov 1921 | Boston MA – Boston MA) historian, professional genealogist, first female member New England Historic Genealogical Society | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
26 dec 1852 Clara Southmayd Ludlow
Clara Southmayd Ludlow (26 dec 1852 – 28 sep 1924 | Easton PA – Washington DC) author, musician, scientist, aka C. S. Ludlow, music teacher, medical entomologist, first woman known to publish on taxonomy of mosquitoes and the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Eva March Tappan (26 dec 1854 – 29 jan 1930 | Blackstone MA – Worcester MA) author, teacher, historical / biographical novelist

Susanna Phelps Gage (26 dec 1857 – 15 oct 1915 | Morrisville NY – Ithaca NY) author, sketcher, philanthropist, embryologist, comparative anatomist

Bazoline Estelle Usher (26 dec 1885 – 08 feb 1992 | Walnut Grove GA – Atlanta GA) Atlanta public schools educator, founded first Girl Scout troop for African-American girls in Atlanta, first African-American to have an office at Atlanta City Hall, director of education for African-American children prior to integration of Atlanta school system

[Amy] Gordon Hamilton (26 dec 1892 – 10 mar 1967 | Tenafly NJ – British Columbia, Canada) author, social work educator

Marion Telva (26 dec 1897 – 23 oct 1962 | St Louis MO – Norwalk CT) German-American operatic contralto

Ruth Elizabeth Moss Easterling (26 dec 1910 – 01 nov 2006 | Asheville NC – Charlotte NC) thirteen-term North Carolina State Representative, first elected age 65 / retired age 92

Rose Mary Woods (26 dec 1917 – 22 jan 2005 | Sebring OH – Alliance OH) personal secretary to US President Nixon, Watergate Scandal / political figure

Elaine Danforth Harmon (26 dec 1919 – 21 apr 2015 | Baltimore MD – Rockville MD) private pilot, independent real estate appraiser, US WWII aviator, member Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Helen Boehm (26 dec 1920 – 15 nov 2010 | Brooklyn NY – West Palm Beach FL) optician, dressmaker, aka Princess of Porcelain, figurine studios co-founder, autobiographical author, née Elena Francesca Stephanie Franzolin

Patricia [Pat] Montandon (26 dec 1928 – Texas) author, humanitarian, former television host / newspaper columnist

Jenny Carter (26 dec 1931 – Worcester Park, England) English-Canadian, essayist, former Ontario politician / cabinet minister

Katharine Dickson [Kitty] Dukakis (26 dec 1936 – Cambridge MA) memoirist, political family  member, refugee / children’s activist

Jean Van Leeuwen (26 dec 1937 – Rutherford NJ) children’s book author

Lynn Morley Martin (26 dec 1939 – Evanston IL) former professor, corporate board member, former US Secretary of Labor, past UN Special Representative to Yugoslavia, former Chair of Council for the Advancement of Women

Kay Griffel (26 dec 1940 – Eldora IA) operatic spinto soprano, voice masterclass teacher

Jean Catherine Coulter (26 dec 1942 – Cameron County TX) romantic suspense / historical romance novelist

Rose V. Ferlita (26 dec 1945 – Tampa FL) politician, pharmacist, founder / CEO Rose Drugs Inc.

Dinitia Smith (26 dec 1945 – Cumberland MD) author, novelist, educator, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, former culture reporter for New York Times

Candy Alt Crowley (26 dec 1948 – Kalamazoo MI) news anchor, talk show host, political correspondent

Barbara Barrett (26 dec 1950 – US) diplomat, professor, businesswoman, former US Ambassador to Finland, first female Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate

Fatima Houda-Pepin (26 dec 1951 – Meknes, Morocco) Canadian politician, former member Quebec Liberal Party, information society / technology researcher

Jane Leavy (26 dec 1951 – Roslyn NY) author, biographer, sportswriter, newspaper feature writer

Cheryl L. Shavers (26 dec 1953 – San Marcos TX) author, chemist, expert in semi-conductors, radio host / talk show producer, founder / CEO Global Smarts strategy consultancy company, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology

Susan Howlet Butcher Day (26 dec 1954 – 05 aug 2006 | Cambridge MA – Seattle WA) dog musher, Iditarod champion, veterinary technician, children’s book author

Maura Ann Soden (26 dec 1955 – Richmond VA) writer, actress, film stylist, producer, casting director

Terre Blair (26 dec 1956 – Columbus OH) tv program producer, broadcast journalist, dubbed by New York Times as “a female reporter that breaks a pattern”

Ann Temkin (26 dec 1959 – Torrington CT) author, curator, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at NYC Museum of Modern Art

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25 dec 1806 Martha Coffin Wright
Martha Coffin Wright (25 dec 1806 – 04 jan 1875 | Boston MA – Boston MA) Quaker, feminist, abolitionist, writing and painting teacher, Declaration of Sentiments signer, Underground Railroad activist conductor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
25 dec 1815 Hannah Tracy Cutler
Hannah Maria Conant Tracy Cutler (25 dec 1815 – 11 feb 1896 | Becket MA – Ocean Springs MS) author, essayist, physician, abolitionist, social reformer, suffrage / temperance movements activist / leader | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

 

26 dec 1818 Louisa Hawkins Canby
Louisa [Lou] Hawkins Canby (25 dec 1818 – 27 jun 1889 | Paris KY – Portland OR) humanitarian, Union Army wife, charitable activist, aka The Angel of Santa Fe, converted Santa Fe home into hospital to nurse Confederate soldiers during US Civil War | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Clarissa [Clara] Harlowe Barton (25 dec 1821 – 12 apr 1912 | North Oxford MA – Glen Echo MD) teacher, patent clerk, humanitarian, pioneering nurse, founded Red Cross

Susan Arnold Elston Wallace (25 dec 1830 – 01 oct 1907 | Crawfordsville IN – Crawfordsville IN) poet, critic, author, editor, musician

Agnes Salm-Salm (25 dec 1844 – 21 dec 1912 | Franklin VT – Karlsruhe, Germany) memoirist, war / political activist, US Civil War field nurse, Prussian Princess by marriage, born Agnes Elisabeth Winona Leclerc Joy

Isabella Stewart Valancy Crawford (25 dec 1850 – 12 feb 1887 | Dublin, Ireland – Toronto, Ontario) Irish-Canadian poet, writer

Flora Juliette Cooke (25 dec 1864 – 21 feb 1953 | Bainbridge OH – Chicago IL) writer, teacher, progressive educator, teachers college co-founder

Evangeline Cory Booth (25 dec 1865 – 17 jul 1950 | Sneinton, England – Hartsdale NY) English-American author, social reformer, first female General of the Salvation Army

Fay Templeton (25 dec 1865 – 03 oct 1939 | Little Rock AR – San Francisco CA) singer, actress, comedienne, music writer / author

Elisabeth Coit Gilman (25 dec 1867 – 14 dec 1950 | New Haven CT – Baltimore MD) US Socialist, social worker, political activist, civil rights / liberties advocate, Maryland Civil Liberties Committee co-founder, hosted first public interracial dinner at her home in Baltimore MD

Chaja [Helena] Courielli Rubinstein (25 dec 1870 – 01 apr 1965 | Kraków, Poland – New York NY ) Polish-American, social icon, self-made millionaire, cosmetics businesswoman

Jessie Wallace Hughan (25 dec 1875 – 10 apr 1955 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) author, essayist, educator, social activist, radical pacifist, founder / first secretary of War Resisters League

Juliana Rieser Force (25 dec 1876 – 28 aug 1948 | Doylestown PA – New York NY) art patron, museum director, art administrator

Evelyn Nesbit (25 dec 1884 – 17 jan 1967 | Tarentum PA – Santa Monica CA) dancer, actress, artist’s model

Mana-Zucca (25 dec 1885 – 08 mar 1981 | New York NY – Miami FL) Polish-American child prodigy, singer, actress, pianist, composer, born Gizella Zuccamanof (later Zuccaman), composed 1,000+ works: opera, ballet, solo works, orchestral works, chamber music, violin concerto

Sonya Levien (25 dec 1888 – 19 mar 1960 | Panemune, Lithuania – Hollywood CA) Russian-American screenwriter, magazine editor, short fiction writer

Lila Bell Acheson Wallace (25 dec 1889 – 08 may 1984 | Virden, Manitoba – Mount Kisco NY) editor, publisher, philanthropist, Reader’s Digest co-founder

Dorothy Dunbar Bromley (25 dec 1895 – 03 jan 1986 | Ottawa IL – Kennett Square PA) editor, publicist, journalist, columnist, magazine writer

Gladys Swarthout Chapman (25 dec 1897 – 07 jul 1969 | Deepwater MO – Florence, Italy) novelist, memoirist, film actress, operatic mezzo soprano

Anne X. Alpern (25 dec 1903 – 02 feb 1981 | Russia – Pittsburgh PA) jurist, politician, Attorney General for Pennsylvania, Justice on PA Supreme Court

Flemmie Pansy Kittrell (25 dec 1904 – 03 oct 1980 | Henderson NC – Washington DC) child health / nutrition researcher, Dean of Home Economics at Hampton Institute, first African-American female to earn PhD in Nutrition

Irene Barnes Taeuber (25 dec 1906 – 24  feb 1974 | Meadville MO – Princeton NJ) author, educator, essayist, demographer, anthropologist, directed US Census Library Project, edited Princeton University’s Population Index

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 dec 1911 – 31 may 2010 | Paris, France – New York NY) French-American artist, sculptor, feminist, arts innovator

Maritta Martin Wolff Stegman (25 dec 1918 – 01 jul 2002 | Grass Lake MI – Los Angeles CA) novelist

Bethany Beardslee (25 dec 1925 – Lansing MI) operatic soprano, former president Association for the Publication of New Music (APNM)

Anita Huffington (25 dec 1934 – Baltimore MD) stone / bronze figurative sculptor

Joan Edna Hult Lippincott (25 dec 1935 – Kearny NJ) concert organist, former head of organ department at Westminster Choir College

Anne Roiphe (25 dec 1935 – New York NY) novelist, essayist, feminist, journalist, nonfiction author

Louise Goodman (25 dec 1937 – US) Native American ceramicist, Navajo folk artist

Monique Landry (25 dec 1937 – Canada) politician, administrator, physiotherapist

Twink Caplan (25 dec 1947 – Pittsburgh PA) actress, comedian, producer

Kay S. Hymowitz (25 dec 1948 – Philadelphia PA) author, sociologist

Wen-Ch’ing [Winnie] Li (25 dec 1948 – Taiwan) Chinese-American mathematician, distinguished professor, number theorist researcher

Rose Marasco (25 dec 1948 – Utica NY) lecturer, photographer, Distinguished Professor Emerita, aka Maine’s Most Prolific Photographer

Anne Spielberg (25 dec 1949 – Philadelphia PA) screenwriter, Stephen Spielberg’s sister

Barbara Dever (25 dec 1951 – US) mezzo-soprano opera singer, Sacred Heart Church music director

Pam Muñoz Ryan (25 dec 1951 – Bakersfield CA) Mexican-American author, novelist, children’s / biographical writer

Linda L. M. Bennett (25 dec 1952 – Cincinnati OH) author, academic, professor of political science, for president of the University of Southern Indiana

Carol Christine Hilaria [C. C. H.] Pounder (25 dec 1952 – Georgetown, British Guiana) Guyanese-born American actress, AIDS / post-apartheid activist, Artists for New South Africa co-founder

Lynne P. Sullivan (25 dec 1952 – Kingsport TN) author, curator, archaeologist, feminist / gender archaeology movement activist / contributor

Mirta Toledo (25 dec 1952 – Buenos Aires, Argentina) Argentine-American artist, writer, painter, sculptor

Margaret Ann [Maggie] Williams (25 dec 1954 – Kansas City MO) campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Linda Ellen Evans (25 dec 1958 – Crawfordsville IN) fantasy / science fiction novelist

Christina Duckworth Romer (25 dec 1958 – Alton IL) economist, professor of economy, Obama’s former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

Yumi Kim Hogan (25 dec 1959 – Naju, South Korea) educator, arts / women’s advocate, First Lady of Maryland, first Korean US State First Lady

Mary Ann Coady Weinand (25 dec 1959 – 26 sep 2007 | Homestead Air Force Base FL – Tucson AZ) psychiatrist, breast cancer awareness advocate / activist