Month: January 2019

01.31 | Women.Born.Before

31 jan 1800 Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (31 jan 1800 – 22 may 1842 | Sault Ste Marie MI – Dundas, Ontario) Scots-Irish-Ojibwe poet, writer, pioneer, translator, aka Bamewawagezhikaquay (Woman of the Sound the Stars Make Rushing through the Sky) | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
31 jan 1875 Mabel Jacque Williamson Dwight
Mabel Jacque Williamson Dwight (31 jan 1875 – 04 sep 1955 | Cincinnati OH – Pipersville PA) artist, portraitist, illustrator, lithographer, watercolorist, radical political activist, member American Artists’ Conference | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
31 jan 1882 Myra Reynolds Richards
Myra Reynolds Richards (31 jan 1882 – 28 dec 1934 | Indianapolis IN – Indianapolis IN) American sculptor, teacher | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
31jan1889ellacaradeloria
Ella Cara Deloria (31 jan 1889 – 12 feb 1971 | White Swan SD – Tripp SD) Yankton Dakota, linguist, novelist, educator, oral historian, ethnographer, anthropologist, Sioux historian, aka Aŋpétu Wašté Wiŋ (Beautiful Day Woman) | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Clara Savage Littledale (31 jan 1891 – 09 jan 1956 | Belfast ME – New York NY) writer, editor, columnist

Justine Johnstone Wanger (31 jan 1895 – 04 sep 1984 | Englewood NJ – Santa Monica) US stage / film actress, pathologist, syphilis expert, scientific researcher, modern intravenous drip development team member

Nadia Abbott (31 jan 1897 – 15 oct 1981 | Mardin, Southeast Turkey – Chicago IL) US author, scholar, Islamologist, paleographer, papyrologist, first professor of Oriental Studies at University of Chicago

Cornelia MacIntyre Foley (31 jan 1900 – 18 jan 2010 | Honolulu HI – Severna Park MD) American-Hawaiian painter

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (31 jan 1902 – 12 dec 1968 | Huntsville AL – New York NY) talk show host, foster parent, political liberal, stage / film / radio / television actress, autobiographical author

Alzira Handforth Boehm Peirce Albaugh (31 jan 1908 – 19 jun 2010 | New York NY – Brighton MA) artist, painter, sculptor

Helen Carey (31 jan 1918 – 15 may 2004 | Detroit MI – Southfield MI) film editor, short animated filmmaker, Dynamic Film Service founder / owner

Lorraine Rita Moran Warren (31 jan 1927 – Bridgeport CT) author, paranormal investigator

Megan Gillespie Rice (31 jan 1930 – Morningside Heights NY) Irish-American, oral historian, Catholic sister, anti-nuclear activist

Betty Parsons (31 jan 1931 – 23 jul 1982 | New York NY – New York NY) painter, gallerist, abstract expressionist, born Betty Bierne Pierson

Rita Karen Olsen Beck (31 jan 1933 – Copenhagen, Denmark) diplomat, politician, social worker, former First Lady of Costa Rica, Ambassador of Costa Rica to Israel

Eva Mozes Kor (31 jan 1934 – Porţ, Romania) author, lecturer, Holocaust survivor, founded CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) and CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Susan Ellen Tanenbaum Stern (31 jan 1943 – 31 jul 1975 | Brooklyn NY – Seattle NY) memoirist, radical political activist, SDS / Weatherman member, one of Seattle Seven group of radicals

Sylvana Foa (31 jan 1945 – Buffalo NY) news director, broadcast journalist, correspondent, first feamle foreign editor of major international news organization, first female news director US tv network, first female Spokesperson for UN Secretary General

Joan McCall (31 jan 1948 – Kentucky US) actress, producer, screenwriter, Science of Mind minister, former Spiritual Director for Creative Arts Center for Spiritual Living (CACSL)

Norris Church Mailer (31 jan 1949 – 21 nov 2010 | Atkins AR – Brooklyn NY) artist, model, painter, literary figure, born Barbara Jean Davis, autobiographical author

Nancy Jane Steen (31 jan 1950 – Shoreview MN) tv writer, actress, producer

Yvette Claire Rosser (31 jan 1952 – US) writer, scholar, aka Ram Rani, Hinduism teacher

Naomie Kremer (31 jan 1953 – Tel Aviv, Israel) Israeli-born American, painter, set designer, mixed-media artist, videographer, photographer, digital projectionist, painting / drawing teacher

Jane R. Eisner (31 jan 1955 – US) author, community activist, first female editor of The Jewish Daily Forward newspaper

Laura Lippman (31 jan 1959 – Atlanta GA) former reporter, detective fiction author

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01.30 | Women.Born.Before

30 jan 1829 Catharine Van Valkenburg Waite
Catharine Van Valkenburg Waite (30 jan 1829 – 09 nov 1913 | Brantford, Ontario – Chicago IL) author, attorney, suffragist, women’s rights activist, founded C. V. Waite & Co. publishing firm, founder / editor Chicago Law Times magazine, president of Woman’s International Bar Association | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
30 jan 1853 Matilda Beatrice de Mille
Matilda Beatrice Samuel De Mille (30 jan 1853 – 08 oct 1923 | Liverpool UK – Hollywood CA) agent, playbroker, playwright, screenwriter, theatre actress, theatrical entrepreneur, aka Agnes Graham, Matilda Beatrice Samuel, Tillie Samuel, Mrs. Henry De Mille | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
30 jan 1859 Emma Brown Maolne
Emma Brown Malone (30 jan 1859 – 12 may 1924 | Pickering, Ontario – Cleveland OH) American Quaker, writer, social activist, co-founded Cleveland Bible School (later became Malone College), women’s ministerial activist / advocate | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
30 jan 1889 kate frankenthal
Käte Frankenthal (30 jan 1889 – 21 apr 1976 | Kiel, Germany – New York NY) German-American author, physician, memoirist, psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, socialist politician, marriage / family therapist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Angie Debo (30 jan 1890 – 21 feb 1988 | Beattie KS – Marshall OK) author, historian, visionary, aka Historical Heroine, specialist in Oklahoma / Native American histories

Elise Cavanna (30 jan 1902 – 12 may 1963 | Philadelphia PA – Hollywood CA) artist, dancer, film actress, stage comedienne, aka Elise Seeds, Alyse Seeds, Elise Armitage, Elise Welton

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman (30 jan 1912 – 06 feb 1989 | New York NY – Greenwich CT) American author, historian, biographer, Pulitzer Prize laureate

Elizabeth McCord (30 jan 1914 – 18 apr 2008 | Dayton OH – Venice CA) American modernist painter, art teacher at Hull-House, easel artist for US Federal Art Project

Margaret Bush Wilson (30 jan 1919 – 11 aug 2009 | St Louis MO – St Louis MO) African-American, lawyer, civil rights activist, first black female Chair NAACP

Rosemary Kuhlmann (30 jan 1922 – New York NY) operatic mezzo-soprano, Broadway musical actress, WWII Morse code operator

Mary Jane Phillips-Matz (30 jan 1926 – 19 jan 2013 | Lebanon OH – New York NY) American author, biographer, opera specialist

Shirley Hazzard (30 jan 1931 – 12 dec 2016 | Sydney, Australia – New York NY) Australian-British-American, novelist, short fiction writer, non-fiction author

Linda Weinberg Nochlin (30 jan 1931 – 29 oct 2017 | New York NY – New York NY) author, essayist, feminist, art historian, university professor, women’s arts activist

Sylvia Edwards (30 jan 1937 – 25 oct 2018 | Boston MA – London UK) abstract artist, known for UNICEF cards / poster prints / limited edition silk-screen prints

Zsuzsanna Emese Mokcsay Budapest (30 jan 1940 – Budapest, Hungary) Hungarian-American author, activist, journalist, playwright, Hungarian songwriter, Dianic Wicca / feminist spiritual specialist

Cheryl Clark Lant (30 jan 1944 – Provo UT) LDS leader, teacher, preschool founder, phonics-based reading program innovator

Sharon Pratt (30 jan 1944 – Washington DC) former mayor of Washington DC, first African-American woman to serve as mayor of any major American city, management consultant with federal / state / local agencies and non-profit groups

Barbara Wood (30 jan 1947 – Lancashire UK) English-American, historical romance novelist, aka Kathryn Harvey

Barbara [Willy] Mendes (30 jan 1948 – US) cartoonist, fine artist, art gallery owner, one of first female member of the underground comix movement

Dann Thomas (30 jan 1952 – US) comic book writer, born Dannette Maxx Couto

Linda Pisti Basile Katehi-Tseregounis (30 jan 1954 – Athens, Greece) author, Greek-American, professor of electrical engineering, former university administrator, removed from office for violations of university policies over nepotism

Christine Ann Kapostasy [Kris Jansing] (30 jan 1957 – Fairpoint Harbor OH) broadcast journalist

Vikky Alexander (30 jan 1959 – Victoria, British Columbia) photo-conceptual / mixed-media installation artist

Ellen Weiss (30 jan 1959 – Westchester NY) author, journalist, former NPR executive producer, past executive editor for Center for Public Integrity

Evelyn Kathleen Samuels Welch (30 jan 1959 – Boston MA) American-English, Renaissance-Early Modern arts scholar / author / researcher

01.29 | Women.Born.Before

29 jan 1820 Araminta Harriet Ross Tubman
Araminta Harriet Ross Tubman (29 jan 1820 – 10 mar 1913 | Bucktown MD – Auburn NY) African-American, US folk figure, former slave, Civil War spy / nurse, abolitionist leader, Underground Railroad conductor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
29 jan 1835 Sarah Chauncey Woolsey aka Susan Coolidge
Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (29 jan 1835 – 09 apr 1905 | Cleveland OH – Newport RI) poet, aka Susan Coolidge, short fiction writer, children’s book author | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
29 jan 1850 Sarah Loguen Frasier
Sarah Loguen Fraser (29 jan 1850 – 09 apr 1933 | Syracuse NY – Washington DC) African-American, social activist, medical pioneer, first black female graduate Upstate Medical University, first black female doctor in Dominican Republic  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
29 jan 1850 jeannette meyer thurber
Jeannette Meyer Thurber (29 jan 1850 – 02 jan 1946 | Delhi NY – Bronxville NY) pioneering music educator, American Opera Company founder, one of first major US classical music patron, founded National Conservatory of Music of America, sponsored the debut of Boston Symphony in New York, created / funded scholarships to blacks / women / handicapped | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau (29 jan 1859 – 25 jul 1915 | New Orleans LA – Paris, France) American-French, artist’s model, Parisian socialite

Mary Jobe Akeley (29 jan 1878 – 19 jul 1966 | Tappan OH – Mystic CT) author, explorer, naturalist, photographer, cartographer

Alice Catherine Evans (29 jan 1881 – 05 sep 1975 | Neath PA – Alexandria VA) author, microbiologist, US Agriculture bacteriologist, US Public Health Service infectious disease researcher

Muna Lee (29 jan 1895 – 03 apr 1965 | Raymond MS – San Juan, Puerto Rico) lyric poet, novelist, feminist, Pan-American, translator, women’s activist, US-Puerto Rico Cultural Affairs specialist

Mary Sybil Kidd Lewis (29 jan 1897 – 31 dec 1941 | Hot Springs AR – New York NY) operetta / vaudeville / grand opera singer

Viña Delmar (29 jan 1903 – 19 jan 1990 | New York NY – Los Angeles CA) née Alvina Croter, Jewish-American novelist, playwright, screenwriter

Geraldine [Jerri] Pittman Woods (29 jan 1921 – 27 jan 1999 | West Palm Beach FL – Aliso Viejo CA) African-American, science administrator, community service activist, advocate for programs promoting minorities in STEM fields / basic and scientific research

Nancy Oestreich Lurie (29 jan 1924 – 13 may 2017 | Milwaukee WI – Milwaukee WI) author, scholar, professor, anthropologist, ethno-historian, Native American land rights activist / legal expert witness

Ann Burgess Ford Hopps (29 jan 1928 – 25 oct 2015 | Rowayton CT – Camden ME) artist, birder, sailor, kayaker, nature lover, found object artist, environmental activist

Helen Corbin (29 jan 1931 – 29 jan 2008 | Pennsylvania – Prescott AZ) author, editor, journalist, Arizona state historian

Mary Marr Platt (29 jan 1939 – 27 jul 2011 | Fort Sheridan IL – New York NY) film producer, screenwriter, production designer

Katharine Ross (29 jan 1940 – Hollywood CA) stage / film actress, children’s book author

Robin Morgan (29 jan 1941 – Lake Worth FL) poet, author, lecturer, journalist, political theorist / activist

Rosemary Wells (29 jan 1943 – New York NY) children’s book author / illustrator

Linda Brown Buck (29 jan 1947 – Seattle WA) author, biologist, Nobel laureate, olfactory systems specialist / researcher

Carol Voisin (29 jan 1947 – Colby KS) political activist, university professor, academic administrator, ethics / writing / critical thinking specialist

Cristina Maria Saralegui (29 jan 1948 – Miramar, Cuba) actress, journalist, television personality / talk show host, Cuban-born American

Janice Radway (29 jan 1949 – Englewood NJ) author, literary / cultural studies scholar

Oprah Winfrey (29 jan 1954 – Kosciusko MS) African-American actress, activist, producer, philanthropist, tv talk show host

Judy Graves Norton Taylor (29 jan 1958 – Santa Monica CA) actor, theater director

 

01.28 | Women.Born.Before

28 jan 1857 Josephine Meeker
Josephine Meeker (28 jan 1857 – 20 dec 1882 | Ohio US – Colorado US) teacher, memoirist, physician, Ute tribe / Meeker Massacre captive / survivor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
28 jan 1880 Dorothy Donnelly
Dorothy Donnelly (28 jan 1880 – 03 jan 1928 | New York NY – New York NY) actress, lyricist, librettist, playwright, producer, director  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
28 jan 1882 Anna Althea Hill
Anna Althea Hills (28 jan 1882 – 13 jun 1930 | Ravenna OH – Laguna Beach CA) plein-air impressionist landscape painter, president Laguna Beach Art Association, driving force behind Laguna Beach Art Museum | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
28 jan 1884 lily strickland anderson
Lily Strickland Anderson (28 jan 1884 – 06 jun 1958 | Anderson SC – Hendersonville NC) writer, painter, composer, songwriter, aka South Carolina’s Gift to Music | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Nancy [Nannie] Jones (28 jan 1860 – unknown | Hopkinsville KY – unknown) born in slavery, college graduate, first unmarried Baptist African-American female missionary commissioned by American Board of Foreign Missions

Waldine Amanda Tauch (28 jan 1892 – 31 mar 1986 | Schulenburg TX – San Antonio TX) sculptor

Alice Neel (28 jan 1900 – 13 oct 1984 | Merion Square PA – New York NY) artist, author, memoirist, expressionistic portrait painter

Edris Edythe Eckhardt (28 jan 1905 – 27 apr 1998 | Cleveland OH – Cleveland Heights OH) ceramic artist, glass sculptor, Cleveland School member / teacher

Verda Evelyn Ruby Bilger Bryant (28 jan 1910 – 30 aug 2011 | Norfolk NE – Independence MO) religious author

Virginia I. Douglas (28 jan 1927 – London, Ontario) author, psychologist, professor emerita at McGill University, research focus / contributions on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and pharmacotherapy effects on children with ADHD

Vera B. Williams (28 jan 1927 – 16 oct 2015 | Hollywood CA – Narrowsburg NY) non-violent activist, children’s writer / illustrator

Edith Marie Flanigen (28 jan 1929 – Buffalo NY) author, chemist, known for work on synthesis of emeralds / zeolites for molecular sieves, received US National Medal of Technology, first woman at Union Carbide to be named corporate research fellow

Florence Harriet Levin Denmark (28 jan 1931 – Philadelphia PA) author, professor, social psychologist, past president of American Psychological Association, pioneering female / feminist psychologist, research focus on psychology of women and human rights, chaired first research conference focused on women and psychological research

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (28 jan 1932 – Philadelphia PA) poet, author, professor, feminist / lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender theology specialist

Blenda Jacqueline Wilson (28 jan 1941 – Perth Amboy NJ) retired university administrator / educational executive, first African-American woman to become president of US university larger than 25,000 students

Jeri Lynn Mooney (28 jan 1944 – Marshall TX) aka Susan Howard, author, actress, political activist, screenwriter, member of Writers Guild of America

Debbie Meisterlin Steinbach (28 jan 1953 – Fullerton CA) author, broadcaster, fold instructor, professional golfer, motivational speaker

Suzan Denise Johnson Cook (28 jan 1957 – New York NY) author, pastor, activist, academic, theologian, US presidential advisor, first female senior pastor of American Baptist Churches USA, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, first / former / only official female chaplain of New York Police Department

Ranee Kathryn Gupta Brylinski (28 jan 1957 – Detroit MI) author, mathematician, professor of mathematics, co-founded Brylinski Research mathematical consulting company, known for research in representation theory and quantum logic gates

Harley Susan Jane Kozak (28 jan 1957 – Wilkes-Barre PA) actress, novelist

Heather Neff (28 jan 1957 – Akron OH) author, academic, professor, specialist in literature of the African Diaspora

 

01.27 | Women.Born.Before

27 jan 1803 eunice hale cobb
Eunice Hale Waite Cobb (27 jan 1803 – 02 may 1880 | Kennebunk ME – East Boston MA) author, activist, memoirist, public speaker | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
27 jan 1826 Eliza Allen Billings
Eliza Allen Billings (27 jan 1826 – 1866 | Eastport ME – Eastport ME) memoirist, adventurer, disguised male soldier George Mead in Mexican-American War | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
27 jan 1853 Ella Weed
Ella Weed (27 jan 1853 – 10 jan 1894 | Newburgh NY – New York NY) author, educator, satirical novelist, Barnard College fundraiser / founding member | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
27 jan 1865 Augusta Foss Heindel
Augusta Foss Heindel (27 jan 1865 – 15 may 1949 | Mansfield OH – Oceanside CA) Danish-American author, esoteric astrologer | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Geneva Mercer (27 jan 1889 – 02 mar 1984 | Jefferson AL – Demopolis AL) painter, sculptor

Georgia Neese Clark Gray (27 jan 1898 – 26 oct 1995 | Richland KS – Topeka KS) stage actress, bank owner, first female Treasurer of the United States

Margaret Walton Mayall (27 jan 1902 – 06 dec 1995 | Iron Hill MD – Cambridge MA) essayist, astronomer, focused on photometry / spectral classes of viable stars

Olivia Joyce Compton (27 jan 1907 – 13 oct 1997 | Lexington KY – Los Angeles CA) nurse, actress, memoirist, devout Christian, protested ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype

Anyda Marchant (27 jan 1911 – 11 jan 2006 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rehoboth Beach DE) author, early female DC lawyer, pen-name: Sarah Aldridge, lesbian press co-founder / publisher

Donna Reed (27 jan 1921 – 14 jan 1986 | Denison IA – Beverly Hills CA) actress, social icon, peace / political / anti-nuclear activist, born Donna Belle Mullenger

Helen Chenoweth-Hage (27 jan 1938 – 02 oct 2006 | Topeka KS – near Tonopah NV) politician, private property rights activist, only female Senator to date from Idaho State

Clarissa Pinkola Estés (27 jan 1945 – Indiana US) poet, author, Jungian analyst, post-trauma expert specialist

Janet Gezari (27  jan 1945 – Newark NJ) scholar, professor, literary critic

Sherry Wolf (27 jan 1949 – Baltimore MD) photorealist painter, jewelry / fashion designer, former commercial artist, member / fundraiser Bereaved Parents of the USA

Karen Kondazian (27 jan 1950 – Newton MA) novelist, columnist, non-fiction author

Candace O’Connor (27 jan 1950 – St Louis MO) freelance writer / editor

Michaela-Marie Roessner-Hermann (27 jan 1950 – San Francisco CA) sci-fi author, writing professor

Fay Chiang (27 jan 1952 – 20 oct 2017 | Bronx NY – Bronx NY) poet, painter, Chinese-American cultural activist and non-profit leader

Tam Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy (27 jan 1952 – San Andreas CA) educator, children’s science writer, science education company co-founder, former professional tennis player

Deb Bixler (27 jan 1953 – York PA) chef, tv host, non-fiction author, children’s book writer, motivational speaker, health / wellness educator, direct / home party sales entrepreneur

Ruth Kedar (27 jan 1955 – Campinas, Brazil) Brazilian-American artist, designer, Art.net co-founder, Google logo creator, consultant art professor

Miriam [Mimi] Spickler Rogers (27 jan 1956 – Coral Gables FL) tv / film actress, producer, Scientologist, competitive poker player

01.26 | Women.Born.Before

26 jan 1826 Julia Boggs Dent Grant
Julia Boggs Dent Grant (26 jan 1826 – 14 dec 1902 | St Louis MO – Washington DC) memoirist, US Presidential First Lady | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
26 jan 1831 mary mapes dodge
Mary Mapes Dodge (26 jan 1831 – 21 aug 1905 | New York NY – Tannersville NY) editor, children’s book author | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
26 jan 1833 Franzisca Bernadina Wilhelmina Elizabeth [Elisabet] Ney
Franzisca Bernadina Wilhelmina Elisabeth [Elisabet] Ney (26 jan 1833 – 29 jun 1907 | Münster, Germany – Austin TX) German-American sculptor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
26 jan 1839 anna eliza hardy
Anna Eliza Hardy (26 jan 1839 – 15 dec 1934 | Bangor ME – Jamaica Plain MA) artist, floral still-life specialist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Mabel Osgood Wright (26 jan 1859 – 16 jul 1934 | New York NY – Fairfield CT) bird / nature / gardening author

Gertrude Farquharson Boyle Kanno (26 jan 1878 – 14 aug 1937 | San Francisco CA – San Francisco CA) editor, sculptor

Josephine Dillon Gable (26 jan 1884 – 11 nov 1971 | Denver CO – Glendale CA) author, acting teacher, film / stage actress, unpublished autobiographical author

Elizabeth [Bessie] Coleman (26 jan 1892 – 30 apr 1926 | Atlanta TX – Jacksonville FL) African-American, first black US female aviator, studied in France since US aviation schools did not allow black or female students

Zara Frances Cully (26 jan 1892 – 28 feb 1978 | Worcester MA – Los Angeles CA) tv actress at age 74, stage play actor / writer / producer / director, aka Florida’s Dean of Drama and One of the World’s Greatest Elocutionists

Carrie Mary McLain (26 jan 1895 – 30 may 1973 | Astoria NY – Nome AK) author, teacher, Nome museum namesake

May Sullivan Miller (26 jan 1899 – 08 feb 1995 | Washington DC – Washington DC) African-American poet, playwright, educator, member of Harlem Renaissance

Madeline Gleason (26 jan 1903 – 22 apr 1979 | Fargo ND – San Francisco CA) poet, dramatist, San Francisco Poetry Guild founder, directed first US poetry festival

Maria Augusta von Trapp (26 jan 1905 – 28 mar 1987 | Vienna, Austria-Hungary – Morrisville VT) Austrian-American, singer, author, innkeeper, matriarch, WWII survivor

Cora Baird (26 jan 1912 – 07 dec 1967 | New York NY – New York NY) marionette puppeteer

Annette Greenfield Strauss (26 jan 1924 – 14 dec 1998 | Houston TX – Houston TX) author, fundraiser, philanthropist, community activist, homeless family advocate, Family Gateway visionary, second female / Jewish Mayor of Dallas

Ruth Schacter Morgenthau (26 jan 1931 – 04 nov 2006 | Vienna, Austria – Boston MA) author, politician, Presidential Advisor to three US Presidents, social / environmental activist, professor emeritus of international politics

Marjorie Virginia Strider (26 jan 1931 – 27 aug 2014 | Guthrie OK – Saugerties NY) artist, sculptor, Pop Art painter, performance artist, soft-sculpture installation artist

M. J. [Mary Jane] Engh (26 jan 1933 – McLeansboro IL) science fiction author, pen name Jane Beauclerk, independent Roman scholar, named author emerita by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Barbara Bluestein Simons (26 jan 1941 – Boston MA) author, computer scientist, electronic voting specialist, founder / former chair US Public Policy Committee for ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Joan Elaine Argetsinger Steitz (26 jan 1941 – Minneapolis MN) professor, biochemist, molecular biologist, innovative RNA researcher

Diana Oughton (26 jan 1942 – 06 mar 1970 | Dwight IL – New York NY) student activist, American Friends Service field worker, Children’s Community School teacher, Students for a Democratic Society and Weatherman member, died while constructing a nail bomb that exploded

Sherian Grace Cadoria (26 jan 1943 – Marksville LA) retired US Army Brigadier General, first African-American female US Army General

Susan Griffin (26 jan 1943 – Los Angeles CA) eco-feminist author

Maureen Ann Orth (26 jan 1943 – Berkeley CA) author, journalist, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine

Nancy Cassis (26 jan 1944 – Long Island NY) teacher, psychologist, former Michigan State politician

Angela Yvonne Davis (26 jan 1944 – Birmingham AL) author, political activist, academic scholar

Denise Eisenberg Rich (26 jan 1944 – Worcester MA) US-born Austrian socialite, philanthropist, singer-songwriter, political fundraiser

Barbara Kruger (26 jan 1945 – Newark NJ) author, collagist, arts professor, conceptual artist, tv / film / culture critic, large-scale mixed-media installation artist

Susan Jean Poete Friedlander (26 jan 1946 – London UK) UK-born American author, mathematician, professor of mathematics, director of Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences at USC, first female editor-in-chief Bulletin of American Mathematical Society

Gayle Marie LaJaunie Bird Benson (26 jan 1947 – New Orleans LA) heiress, billionaire, philanthropist, businesswoman, sports franchise owner

Veryl Goodnight (26 feb 1947 – Ashland OH) equine sculptor

Miriam [Mimi] Leder (26 jan 1952 – New York NY) film director / producer / script supervisor

Wendy M. Grossman (26 jan 1954 – New York NY) author, blogger, essayist, journalist, folk singer, founder / editor UK magazine The Skeptic

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (26 jan 1958 – Metairie LA) writer, actress, tv host, producer, comedian

01.25 | Women.Born.Before

25 jan 1810 Clarina Irene Howard Nichols
Clarina Irene Howard Nichols (25 jan 1810 – 11 jan 1885 | West Townshend VT – Potter Valley CA) author, abolitionist, journalist, lobbyist, public speaker, temperance worker, women’s rights activist, Underground Railroad conductor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
25 jan 1822 Virginia Jane Kyle Campbell
Virginia Jane Kyle Campbell (25 jan 1822 – 30 jan 1882 | Raleigh NC – St Louis MO) Irish-American philanthropist, social / political hostess, St. Louis high society matron / activist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
25 jan 1853 Ann Ralston James
Ann Ralston James (25 jan 1853 – 06 jul 1944 | Independence MO – Excelsior Springs MO) American folk figure, wife of Western outlaw / reformed businessman Frank James | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
25 jan 1859 bertha feiring tapper
Bertha Feiring Tapper (25 jan 1859 – 02 sep 1915 | Oslo, Norway – New York NY) pianist, author, altruist, composer, humanitarian, music editor, music teacher | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Maud Wood Park (25 jan 1871 – 08 may 1955 | Boston MA – Reading MA) activist, author, lecturer, playwright, suffragist

Jean Hortense Norris (25 jan 1877 – after 1935 | Brooklyn NY – unknown) judge, attorney, first female magistrate in New York City, disbarred [1931] for judicial malfeasance

Amelia Ford Porter Walton (25 jan 1883 – 08 mar 1973 | Centerville UT – Centerville UT) teacher, civic activist, Mormon, Daughters of Utah Pioneers member

Mabel Wood Martin (25 jan 1888 – 13 jun 1956 | unknown – unknown [buried in Arlington National Cemetery with husband] novelist, short story writer

Josephine Lyons Scott Pinckney (25 jan 1895 – 04 oct 1957 | Charleston SC – Charleston SC) poet, novelist, founded Poetry Society of South Carolina

Eugenia Drabek Smetisko Smith (25 jan 1899 – 31 jan 1997 | Bukovina, Austria-Hungary – North Kingstown RI) public speaker, false memoirist / autobiographical author, Romanov impostor who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia

Edna Andrade (25 jan 1917 – 17 apr 2008 | Portsmouth VA – Philadelphia PA) pioneering Op Artist, geometric abstract painter

Macy Elkins Morse (25 jan 1921 – Molalla OR) anti-nuclear / non-violent peace activist

Shirley Ardell Mason (25 jan 1923 – 26 feb 1998 | Dodge Center MN – Lexington KY) folk figure, visual artist, sixteen separate personalities, aka Sybil Isabel Dorsett, aka The Most Famous Psychiatric Patient in History

Vivian Gussine Paley (25 jan 1929 – Chicago IL) author, children’s book writer, preschool / kindergarten teacher, early childhood education researcher

Ruth Kligman (25 jan 1930 – 01 mar 2010 | Newark NJ – Bronx NY) Jewish-American writer, abstract artist

Anne Innis Dagg (25 jan 1933 – Toronto, Ontario) author, biologist, feminist, zoologist, animal activist, aka the Jane Goodall of Giraffes

Judith Ann [Judy] Mayotte (25 jan 1937 – Wichita KS) author, ethicist, professor, producer, humanitarian, former Catholic religious sister

Sybille Pearson (25 jan 1937 – Prague, Czechoslovakia) Czech-American author, lyricist, librettist, playwright

Jane Shelby Richardson (25 jan 1941 – Teaneck NJ) biophysicist, sketch artist, Richardson ribbon diagram developer

Helaine Fendelman (25 jan 1942 – Riverside IL) author, tv co-host / instructor, antiques generalist, folk art specialist, fine arts / collectibles appraiser

Sabra Moore (25 jan 1943 – Texarkana TX) artist, author, activist, focus on reinterpreting social / family / natural history through artist’s books / large-scale collaborative installations / sewn and constructed sculptures and paintings

Sarah Ann Douglas (25 jan 1944 – Asheville NC) computer scientist, professor emerita of Computer and Information Science, research focus on human-computer interaction [HCI]

Emőke Jolán Erzsébet Szathmáry (25 jan 1944 – Hungary) author, scholar, professor, university administrator, physical athropologist, human genetics specialist, Hungarian-Canadian, Distinguished Lecturer

Nancy Deborah Goldring (25 jan 1945 – Oak Ridge TN) artist, etcher, professor, multi-media / foto-projections artist

Trudy Huskamp Peterson (25 jan 1945 – Estherville IA) author, archivist, former US Acting Archivist

Ann Fisher-Wirth (25 jan 1947 – Washington DC) poet, scholar, born Ann Carolyn Welpton

Brenda Boozer (25 jan 1948 – Atlanta GA) operatic / concert mezzo-soprano

Sheila Crump Johnson (25 jan 1949 – McKeesport PA) African-American, producer / filmmaker, sports team owner, spa / hospitality businesswoman, first black US female billionaire

Katherine Ann Power (25 jan 1949 – Denver CO) poet, author, professor, AIDS activist, former ex-convict / long-time fugitive, born Alice Louise Metzinger

Gloria Naylor (25 jan 1950 – 28 sep 2016 | New York NY – Christiansted USVI) African-American novelist, educator

Kim Gandy (25 jan 1954 – Bossier City LA) feminist, attorney, former president National Organization of Women (NOW), CEO / president National Network to End Domestic Violence

Naamah Kelman-Ezrachi (25 jan 1955 – New York NY) author, American-born Rabbi, Dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, first woman in Israel ordained as rabbi

Joan Jeanrenaud (25 jan 1956 – Memphis TN) avant-garde cellist, former member of Kronos Quartet

Dinah Beth Manoff (25 jan 1956 – New York NY) television director, film / stage / television actress

Christina M. [Tina] Tchen (25 jan 1956 – Columbus OH) lawyer, community activist, former US Presidential / First Lady Chief of Staff, Executive Director of White House Council on Women and Girls

Karen A. Cerulo (25 jan 1957 – Perth Amboy NJ) author, sociologist, professor of sociology, Sociological Forum journal editor, culture / cognition / communication specialist

Dinah Beth Manoff (25 jan 1958 – New York NY) actress, tv director

Nancy Gibbs (25 jan 1960 – New York NY) essayist, author / co-author, managing editor Time magazine, commentator on US politics and values

Kerry Noonan (25 jan 1960 – US) former actress, founding member LA City Stage Theatre Company, professor of folklore and mythology, women / religion specialist