04.16 | Women.Born.Before

16 apr 1812 Sarah Ann Major Harris Fayerweather
Sarah Ann Major Harris Fayerweather (16 apr 1812 – 16 nov 1878 | Norwich CT – Kingston RI) African-American activist, abolitionist, school integrationist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
16 apr 1853 Ida Elizabeth Smith Noyes
Ida Elizabeth Smith Noyes (16 apr 1853 – 05 dec 1912 | Croton DE – Chicago IL) poet, speaker, club woman, member of Daughters of the American Revolution | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
16 apr 1855 Mary Ellen Britton
Mary Ellen Britton (16 apr 1855 – 27 aug 1925 | Lexington KY – Lexington KY) educator, suffragist, journalist, columnist, civil rights activist, first female African-American physician in Lexington, original member of KY Negro Education Association | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
16 apr 1865 Grace Livingston Hill
Grace Livingston Hill (16 apr 1865 – 01 jan 1947 | Wellsville NY – Swarthmore PA) aka Marcia Macdonald, Christian novelist / short story writer | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Emily Susan Hartwell (16 apr 1859 – 02 oct 1951 | Foochow, China – Oberlin OH) philanthropist, relief worker, orphanage founder, educational missionary, founder / teacher of girls’ school at Ponasang

Alice Corbin Henderson (16 apr 1881 – 18 jul 1949 | St Louis MO – Santa Fe NM) poet, author, museum curator, poetry journal editor

Gertrude Chandler Warner (16 apr 1890 – 29 aug 1979 | Putnam CT – Putnam CT) serial children’s novelist, authored the Box Car Children

Dorothy Pulis Lathrop (16 apr 1891 – 30 dec 1980 | Albany NY – Falls Church CT) artist, author, printmaker, children’s book writer / illustrator

Pearl [Polly] Adler (16 apr 1900 – 09 jun 1962 | Yanow, Russia – Los Angeles CA) madam, bordello owner, businesswoman, autobiographical author

Elswyth Thane Ricker Beebee (16 apr 1900 – 31 jul 1984 | Burlington IA – Wilmington VT) journalist, screenwriter, scarf collector, historical romance novelist

Mary Alice Fontenot (16 apr 1910 – 12 may 2003 | Eunice LA – Lafayette LA) Cajun French / English children’s book author

Ruth Hale Oliver (16 apr 1910 – 03 oct 1988 | Philadelphia PA – Burbank CA) author, astrologer, astrology teacher

Carol Brice (16 apr 1918 – 14 feb 1985 | Sedalia NC – Norman OK) operatic contralto

Doris Jean Lemar-McLemore (16 apr 1927 – 30 aug 2016 | Andarko OK – Andarko OK) Wichita language speaker / preservationist

Vivian Dorraine Liberto Distin (16 apr 1934 – 24 may 2005 | San Antonio TX – Ventura CA) painter, crafts artist, memoirist / autobiographical author

Cynthia Toohey (16 apr 1934 – New York NY) nurse, politician, businesswoman

Elizabeth von Till Warren (16 apr 1934 – Brooklyn NY) author, historian, preservationist

Joan Snyder (16 apr 1940 – Highland Park NJ) painter, autobiographical / confessional artist

Patricia Altschul (16 apr 1941 – Jacksonville FL) socialite, tv personality, art collector, former art dealer

Mary R. Duncan (16 apr 1941 – San Diego CA) author, publisher, educator, found of Paris Writers Group and Paris Writers Press

Frances Esther Ruley Karttunen (16 apr 1942 – US) poet, author, academic, linguistic historian

Karen Ingenthron Lewis (16 apr 1945 – Philadelphia PA) author, actress, radio commentator

Margot Adler (16 apr 1946 – 28 jul 2014 | Little Rock AR – New York NY) author, Wiccan, lecturer, journalist, public radio correspondent

Laurel Mellin (16 apr 1949 – Marin CA) nonfiction / self-help author

Anne Lois Davies Romney (16 apr 1949 – Detroit MI)  equestrian, social / political activist, converted to LDS Church, political family member, former First Lady of Massachusetts

Joline Godfrey (16 apr 1950 – unknown) author,  financial fitness educator / innovator

Amy Arbus (16 apr 1954 – New York NY) author, teacher, publisher, photographer

Ellen Rona Barkin (16 apr 1954 – Bronx NY) actress, film producer

Pamela Katz (16 apr 1958 – Rhinebeck NY) novelist, director, screenwriter

Susan Allbritton Murphy (16 apr 1958 – Louisiana US) professor, statistician, focus on statistical methods applied to clinical trials of medical treatments for chronic / relapsing conditions

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04.15 | Women.Born.Before

15 apr 1835 Catherine Carney Sager Pringle
Catherine Carney Sager Pringle (15 apr 1835 – 08 aug 1910 | Union County OH – Spokane WA) diarist, pioneer, memoirist, survivor |  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
15 apr 1836 Ann Maria Miles Sprague
Ann Maria Miles Sprague (15 apr 1836 – 27 nov 1917 | Petersham MA – Westminster MA) educator | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
15 apr 1857 Arabella H. Tucker
Arabella H. Tucker (15 apr 1857 – 12 jun 1936 | North Brookfield MA – Auburn MA) author, botanist, educator, suffragist, clubwoman | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
15 apr 1858 Milicent Washburn Shinn
Milicent Washburn Shinn (15 apr 1858 – 14 aug 1940 | Niles CA – Alameda County CA) author, literary editor, child psychologist, early childhood development expert | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Emily James Smith Putnam (15 apr 1865 – 07 sep 1944 | Canandaigua NY – Kingston, Jamaica) author, women’s educator

Mina Hubbard (15 apr 1870 – 04 may 1956 | Hamilton Township, Ontario – London UK) author, explorer, cartographer, public speaker

Mary Alice Powell Lindsay (15 apr 1883 – 12 feb 1979 | Granite, Utah Territory – Taylorsville UT) LDS Church member, Mormon youth leader, first registered nurse in Utah

May Edward Chinn (15 apr 1896 – 01 dec 1980 | Great Barrington MA – New York NY) physician, first African-American female graduate Bellevue Hospital Medical College and intern Harlem Hospital

Della Puyuq Keats (15 apr 1907 – Usulak AK) Inupiaq Esimo, health care provider, autobiographical author, integrated ancestral healing practices (magico-religious) with Western medicine (empirico-rational)

Ardyth Kennelly (15 apr 1912 – 19 jan 2005 | Glenada OR – Vancouver, British Columbia) romance novelist, mixed media artist

Betty Emmy Lou Packard (15 apr 1914 – 22 feb 1998 | El Centro CA – San Francisco CA) artist, painter, muralist, printmaker

Caroline Bird Mahoney (15 apr 1915 – 11 jan 2011 | New York NY – Nashville TN) feminist, journalist, nonfiction author

Elizabeth Catlett (15 apr 1915 – 02 apr 2012 | Washington DC – Cuernavaca, Mexico) sculptor, printmaker, graphic artist

Helene Hanff (15 apr 1916 – 09 apr 1997 | Philadelphia PA – New York NY) novelist, playwright, screenwriter, non-fiction author

Gertrude Ross Marks (15 apr 1916 – 07 jun 1994 | Chicago IL – Westwood CA) film producer, documentary filmmaker

Rachael Mary Upjohn Light Meader (15 apr 1916 – 16 mar 2008 | Kalamazoo MI – Kalamazoo MI) heiress, explorer, philanthropist, aerial photographer

Norma Merrick Sklarek (15 apr 1928 – 06 feb 2012 | Harlem NY – Pacific Palisades CA) architect, aka The Rosa Parks of Architecture, first US licensed African-American female architect / fellow of American Institute of Architects

Sally Miller Gearhart (15 par 1931 – Pearisburg VA) political activist, radical feminist, science fiction writer, women and gender study program pioneer

Margaret A. Farley (15 apr 1935 – US) author, Sister of Mercy, professor of Christian ethics, first full-time Catholic female on Yale School board, past president of Catholic Theological Society of America

Sidra Levi Stone (15 apr 1937 – Brooklyn NY) author, psychotherapist, co-creator of Voice Dialogue

Bennie Lee Sinclair (15 apr 1939 – 22 may 2000 | Greenville SC – Greenville SC) poet, novelist, short story writer, South Carolina Poet Laureate (1986-2000)

Marian Zazeela (15 apr 1940 – Bronx NY) painter, designer, musician, light-artist

Patrizia von Brandenstein (15 apr 1943 – Phoenix AZ) production designer, first female Academy Award winner for production design

Joy Berry (15 apr 1944 – US) author, educator, parenting expert, character development specialist, aka Inventor of Self-Help Books for Kids

Shirley Raines (15 apr 1945 – Jackson TN) retired academic, leadership consultant, motivational speaker, former  professor of early childhood education, former president of University of Memphis

Marsha Hunt (15 apr 1946 – Philadelphia PA) editor, singer, activist, novelist, actress

Dawn Leslie Steel (15 apr 1946 – 20 dec 1997 | Bronx NY – Los Angeles CA) film producer, autobiographer

Susan E. King (15 apr 1947 – Lexington KY) artist, author, educator, ceramicist, memoirist, travel writer

Linda Joyce Bloodworth-Thomason (15 apr 1947 – Poplar Bluff MO) director, screenwriter, film producer

Barbara Trexler Rhodes (15 apr 1948 – Providence RI) aka Soeng Hyang, registered nurse, hospice caregiver, founding member of Providence Zen Center, Zen Master and Guiding Teacher of Kwan Um School of Zen

Judith Hooper (15 apr 1949 – San Francisco CA) editor, journalist, magazine writer

Sharan Newman (15 apr 1949 – Ann Arbor MI) historian, historical novelist

Cecilia Alvarez (15 apr 1950 – San Diego CA) artist, muralist, oil painter, Chicana feminist, children’s book illustrator

Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans (15 apr 1951 – Waco TX) columnist,  aka Heloise, lifestyle author / speaker

Marsha Sue Ivins (15 apr 1951 – Baltimore MD) engineer, former US astronaut, veteran of five space shuttle missions

Diane E. Meier (15 apr 1952 – Princeton NJ) author, essayist, professor, geriatrician, palliative care specialist, director of Center to Advance Palliative Care [CAPC]

Theresa A. Singleton (15 apr 1952 – US) author, archaeologist, professor of anthropology, focus on archaeology of African-Americans / slavery in the US

04.14 | Women.Born.Before

14 apr 1840 Isabella Stewart Gardner
Isabella Stewart Gardner (14 apr 1840 – 17 jul 1924 | New York NY – Cambridge MA) philanthropist, art patron / collector, museum founder | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
14 apr Jennie Drinkwater Conklin
Jennie Drinkwater Conklin (14 apr 1841 – 28 apr 1907 | Portland ME – New Vernon NJ) author, editor, social welfare activist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
14 apr 1866 Johanna [Ann] Sullivan Macy
Johanna [Anne] Sullivan Macy (14 apr 1866 – 20 oct 1936 | Feeding Hills MA – Forest Hills NY) memoirist, childhood onset blindness, teacher / companion of Helen Keller | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
14 apr 1877 Eda Nemoede Casterton
Eda Nemoede Casterton (14 apr 1877 – 08 dec 1969 | Brillion WI – Palos Verdes Estates CA) painter, oil / pastel / watercolor miniature portrait artist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Priscilla Fairfield Bok (14 apr 1896 – 11 nov 1975 | Littleton MA – Tucson AZ) author, astronomer, scientific collaborator with husband Bart Bok

Lydia Marie Clark (14 apr 1923 – 03 sep 2018 | Two Rivers WI – Santa Monica CA) actress, photographer, married to actor Charlton Heston

Loretta Webb Lynn (14 apr 1937 – Butcher Hollow KY) author, actress, singer, songwriter, commercial spokesperson, first solo female country artist to perform at US White House

Joan Kugell Darling (14 apr 1935 – Boston MA) actress, film / television director, dramatic arts instructor

Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr (14 apr 1936 – Charlottesville VA) clarinetist, music educator

Cynthia Irwin-Williams (14 apr 1936 – 15 jun 1990 | Denver CO – Reno NV) author, archaeologist

Lucy R. Lippard (14 apr 1937 – New York NY) author, curator, activist, art critic, feminist art advocate, one of first to recognize ‘dematerialization’ in conceptual art

Joan Tavares Avant (14 apr 1940 – Mashpee MA) writer, historian, columnist, aka Granny Squannit, Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leader, retired Director of Indian Education in Mashpee Public Schools

Carolyn Tanner Irish (14 apr 1940 – Salt Lake City UT) author, fourth female US Episcopal Bishop, retired Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Utah

Nina Raginsky (14 apr 1941 – Montreal, Quebec) photographer

Elizabeth Martinez (14 apr 1943 – US) librarian, professor, first Mexican-American librarian in California, former Executive Director of American Library Association

Mireille Guiliano (14 apr 1946 – Moselle France) French-American author

Pamela E. Bridgewater (14 apr 1947 – Fredericksburg VA) US diplomat, professor of political science

June Elizabeth Millington (14 apr 1948 – Manila, Philippines) guitarist, songwriter, producer, aka The Godmother of Women’s Music, co-founder / artistic director of Institute for the Musical Arts [IMA]

Berinthis [Berry] Berenson Perkins (14 apr 1948 – 11 sep 2001 | New York NY – New York NY) model, actress, photographer, died on 9/11 on American Airlines Flight 11

DeAnne Shirley Julius (14 apr 1949 – Ames IA) author, economist, British-American, former economic analyst for US Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]

Mary Geller Wings (14 apr 1949 – Chicago IL) artist, author, musician, lesbian writer

Rebecca Ann King Dreman (14 apr 1950 – Hancock IA) vocal feminist, female empowerment advocate, domestic-relations attorney specializing in divorce, known for expressing feminist political views at Miss America Pageant’s morning-after breakfast following her crowning in 1974

Lynda Rosen Obst (14 apr 1950 – New York NY) editor, scriptwriter, film producer

Cheryl Savageau (14 apr 1950 – Massachusetts US) poet, painter, Abenaki, feminist, visual artist, quiltmaker, children’s author

Rebecca [Becky] Dixon (14 apr 1951 – Coffeyville KS) tv broadcaster, news / sports anchor, television host

Shari Ellin Redstone (14 apr 1954 – Washington DC) media executive, president of National Amusements, vice-chair of Viacom and CBS Corporation

Barbara Bonney (14 apr 1956 – Montclair NJ operatic soprano

Maureen Taylor (14 apr 1956 – Rhode Island US) author, blogger, speaker, photo historian, cultural historian, genealogy expert

Donna Wick (14 apr 1956 – Texas City TX) author, speaker, publisher, talk radio host, media expert

Bobbi Brown (14 apr 1957 – Chicago IL) author, makeup artist, founder / CCO Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Aprile Millo (14 apr 1958 – New York NY) operatic spinto soprano

Marlene Behrmann (14 apr 1959 – Johannesburg, South Africa) author, professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon, focus on object recognition and cognitive neuroscience of visual perception

April Henry (14 apr 1959 – Portland OR) thriller / mystery / young-adult novelist

Roberta S. Jacobson (14 apr 1960 – New York NY) US diplomat, former Assistant Secretary of Sate for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Tina Rosenberg (14 apr 1960 – Brooklyn NY) author, journalist

04.13 | Women.Born.Before

13 apr 1825 Julia Amanda Sargent Wood
Julia Amanda Sargent Wood (13 apr 1825 – 09 mar 1903 | New London NH – St Cloud MN) poet, author, novelist, newspaper editor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
13 apr 1851 Helen Maria Winslow
Helen Maria Winslow (13 apr 1851 – 27 mar 1938 | Westfield VT – Shirley MA) poet, novelist, journalist, Club Woman, co-founded Daughters of Vermont and New England Women’s Press Association | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
13 apr 1854 Lucy Craft Laney
Lucy Craft Laney (13 apr 1854 – 23 oct 1933 | Macon GA – Augusta GA) educator, school principal, founded first black kindergarten, children’s school, and nursing school in Augusta GA | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
13 apr 1860 Sarah Hall Ladd
Sarah Hall Ladd (13 apr 1860 – 30 mar 1927 | Somerville MA – Carmel CA) pictorial / landscape photographer, Christian Science movement activist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Anna Easter Brown (13 apr 1879 – 05 mar 1957 | West Orange NJ – Rocky Mount NC) educator, history teacher, one of original founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for female African-American students

Nellie Nellalletia [Nella] Walker Larsen  (13 apr 1891 – 30 mar 1964 | Chicago IL – Brooklyn NY) nurse, librarian, novelist, short story writer, Harlem Renaissance member

Clara Mortensen Beyer (13 apr 1892 – 25 sep 1990 | Middleton CA – Washington DC) author, labor lawyer, political activist, anti-child labor / pro-minimum wage advocate

Marguerite Breithaupt Henry (13 apr 1902 – 26 nov 1997 | Milwaukee WI – Rancho Santa Fe CA) children’s novelist, picture geography author

Eudora Alice Welty  (13 apr 1909 – 23 jul 2001 | Jackson MS – Jackson MS) novelist, photographer, short story writer, Pulitzer Prize laureate

Phyllis Cerf Wagner Fraser (13 apr 1916 – 24 nov 2006 | Kansas City MO – New York NY) journalist, children’s book publisher / founder, born Helen Brown Nichols, co-founder of Beginner Books

Sylvia McNair (13 apr 1924 – 09 aug 2002 | North Korea – Evanston IL) children’s / young adult geographical author

Nancy Maginnes Kissinger (13 apr 1934 – New York NY) philanthropist, US political family member, for director of international studies for Rockefeller’s Commission on Critical Choices for Americans

Ruby Puryear Hearn (13 apr 1940 – Winston-Salem NC) African-American biophysicist

Gloria Feldt (13 apr 1942 – Temple TX) feminist author, speaker, commentator, women’s rights activist

Rae Armantrout (13 apr 1947 – Vallejo CA) Language poet

Amy Robinson (13 apr 1948 – Trenton NJ) actress, film producer, Sundance Film Festival juror

Marilyn Bowering (13 apr 1949 – Winnipeg, Manitoba) poet, novelist, playwright

Shu Lea Cheang (13 apr 1954 – Taiwan) multimedia artist, Taiwanese-American, focus on net-based installation, social interface and film production

Elizabeth Perle (13 apr 1956 – 16 aug 2015 | New York NY – San Francisco CA) author, editor, book publisher

Mary Ellen Childs (13 apr 1957 – Lafayette IN) composer, multimedia artist, ensemble founder

Amy Goodman (13 apr 1957 – Bayshore NY) author, columnist, broadcast journalist, investigative reporter

Jodie Markell (13 apr 1959 – Memphis TN) actress, film director

Mary T. Ficalora (13 apr 1960 – San Jose CA) author, educator, tv producer, event coordinator, founder / blogger at Choosing Honor

 

04.12 | Women.Born.Before

12 apr 1844 Molly Evelyn Moore [M.E.M.] Davis
Mollie Evelyn Moore [M. E. M.] Davis (12 apr 1844 – 01 jan 1909 | Talladega AL – New Orleans LA) poet, editor, author, salon hostess  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
12 apr 1868 Ella Gaunt Smith
Ella Gaunt Smith (12 apr 1868 – 02 apr 1932 | Roanoke AL – Roanoke AL) doll designer / manufacturer  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
12 apr 1883 Imogen Cunningham
Imogen Cunningham (12 apr 1883 – 24 jun 1976 | Portland OR – San Francisco CA) author, mentor, photographer  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Ethel Moseley Damon (12 apr 1883 – 01 apr 1965 | Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii – Kauai, Hawaii) author, teacher, essayist, historian, playwright, pamphleteer, decorated WW I Red Cross nurse

Eleanor [Leonia] Touroff Glueck (12 apr 1898 – 25 sep 1972 | Brooklyn NY – Cambridge MA) author, criminologist, juvenile delinquency specialist expert

Clara Ellaline Hope Leighton (12 apr 1898 – 04 nov 1989 | London UK – Waterbury CT) artist, writer, illustrator, wood engraver, aka Clare Veronica Hope Leighton

Alice Joséphine [Lily] Pons (12 apr 1898 – 13 feb 1976 | Draguignan, France – Dallas TX) actress, coloratura operatic soprano

Gladys Bagg Taber (12 apr 1899 – 11 mar 1980 | Colorado Springs CO – Hyannis MA) author, columnist, professor

Erika Giovanna Klien (12 apr 1900 – 19 jul 1957 | Borgo Valsugana, Italy – New York NY) artist, art educator

Florence Patton Reece (12 apr 1900 – 03 aug 1986 | Sharps Chapel TN – Knoxville TN) poet, folk songwriter, labor / civil rights activist

Justine Wise Polier (12 apr 1903 – 31 jul 1987 | Portland OR – New York NY) judge, first female NY Justice, anti-segregation / educational activist

Olga Maria Von Tauber (12 apr 1907 – 2002 | Vienna, Austria – New York NY) psychiatrist, philanthropist, first female director of NY State Psychiatric Hospital

Lillian Friedman Astor (12 apr 1912 – 09 jul 1989 | NY – US) fashion designer, first American female studio cartoon animator (though underrated / undercredited)

Cornelia Brierly (12 apr 1913 – 24 aug 2012 | Pennsylvania – US) architect, first female fellow of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of first five women to study architect at Carnegie Tech

Beverly Atlee Bunn Cleary (12 apr 1916 – McMinnville OR) librarian, serial children’s / young-adult novelist

Carol Emshwiller (12 apr 1921 – Ann Arbor MI) magic realism / science fiction novelist, short story writer

Lucille Sharp Times (12 apr 1922 – Egypt (Hope Hull) AL) cafe owner / operator, civil rights activist / advocate

Evelyn Berezin (12 apr 1925 – US) computer designer, designed first computer-driven word processor and first computer-controlled system for airline reservations

Lillian Drazek Gallo (12 apr 1928 – 06 jun 2012 | Springfield MA – Woodland Hills CA) tv producer, Marine Corps Captain, pioneering Hollywood collaborator with female screenwriter

Lily Lodge (12 apr 1932 – US) actress, acting coach, etiquette consultant, co-founder of NYC Actors Conservatory

Toi Derricotte (12 apr 1941 – Hamtramck MI) poet, professor of writing, co-founded Cave Canem Foundation summer workshop for African-American poets

Marcia Talley (12 apr 1943 – Cleveland OH) librarian, mystery novelist, short story writer

Loretta Jean [Deliana] Fuddy (12 apr 1948 – 11 dec 2013 | Honolulu, Hawaii – off the north coast of Molokai HI) health official, social worker, director of Hawaii Department of Health, practitioner of Subud spiritualist movement

Ellen Gittelsohn (12 apr 1948 – New York NY) aka Ellen Falcon, television director

Lynn Gottlieb (12 apr 1949 – Bethlehem PA) author, rabbi in Jewish Renewal movement

Rebecca Trachtenberg Alpert (12 apr 1950 – Brooklyn NY) rabbi, editor, author, social activist, professor of Jewish American religious history

Maryedith Burrell (12 apr 1952 – Gilroy CA) writer, actress, producer, comedienne

Louise Fili (12 apr 1951 – Orange NJ) graphic designer, non-fiction author

Emily Mann (12 apr 1952 – Boston MA) author, playwright, artistic director

Sandra [Sandy] Hill Pittman (12 apr 1955 – Los Gatos CA) author, fashion editor, mountaineer

Tama Janowitz (12 apr 1957 – San Francisco CA) novelist, short story writer

Janet Heaney (12 apr 1958 – 10 jan 1997 | Mont Vernon NH – Los Angeles CA) tv / film screenwriter

Sonia Lee (12 apr 1960 – Korea) co-founder / president Fullpower Technologies,  co-director Lee-Kahn environmental charity, landscape / still life painting collector, picture of her newborn child was first-ever camera phone picture

04.11 | Women.Born.Before

11 apr 1819 Margaret Moffette Houston
Margaret Moffette Houston (11 apr 1819 – 03 dec 1867 | Marion AL – Independence TX) political family member, First Lady of the Republic of Texas | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
11 apr 1862 Lurana Waterhouse Sheldon Ferris
Lurana Waterhouse Sheldon Ferris (11 apr 1862 – 11 jun 1945 | Hadlyme CT – York ME) poet, lecturer, novelist, suffragist, freethinker, newspaper editor, anti-prohibitionist, pen names Richard Hackstaff, Stanley Norris, Grace Shirley | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
11 apr 1864 Lillie Plummer Bliss
Lillie Plummer Bliss (11 apr 1864 – 12 mar 1931 | Boston MA – New York NY) art patron / collector, philanthropist | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
11 apr 1865 Mary White Ovington
Mary White Ovington (11 apr 1865 – 15 jul 1951 | Brooklyn NY – Newton Highlands MA) suffragist, journalist, social / civil rights activist, NAACP co-founder |  women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Genevieve Garvan Brady (11 apr 1880 – 24 nov 1938 | Hartford CT – Rome, Italy)  philanthropist, patron of Catholic charities, appointed papal duchess [1926], first woman to receive honorary degree from Georgetown University

Marion Dickerman (11 apr 1890 – 16 may 1983 | Westfield NY – Kennett Square PA) educator, suffragist, school vice-principal, intimate friend of Eleanor Roosevelt

Margaret Antoinette Clapp (11 apr 1910 – 03 may 1974 | East Orange NJ – Tyringham MA) author, scholar, educator, biographer, Wellesley College president, US cultural attaché to India, Pulitzer Prize in Biography laureate, US Information Agency Public Affairs minister-councilor

Annie Dodge Wauneka (11 apr 1910 – 10 nov 1997 | Navajo Nation AZ – Flagstaff AZ) Navajo, health / education activist, Navajo Nation Council leader 

Maura McNiel (11 apr 1921 – Minneapolis MN) feminist, social activist, women’s rights advocate

Nina Garsoïan (11 apr 1923 –  Paris, France) author, historian, specialist in Armenian and Byzantine history, dean of Princeton University Graduate School, first holder of Gevork M. Avedissian Chair in Armenian History and Civilization at Columbia University

Yolanda G. Barco (11 apr 1926 – 27 may 2000 | Meadville PA – Meadville PA) lawyer, businesswoman, cable television pioneer

Ethel Skakel Kennedy (11 apr 1928 – Chicago IL) political family member, social / political activist

Marion Naifeh (11 apr 1928 | Wuhu, China) author, educator, US Diplomat

Barbara Paulson (11 apr 1928 – US) mathematician, former human computer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of first women scientists employed at JPL, calculated rocket trajectories by hand

Constance Frye [Connie] Martinson (11 apr 1932 – Boston MA) writer, book critic, tv talk show host

Anna Pump (11 apr 1934 – 05 oct 2015 | Tarp, Germany – Bridgehampton NY) chef, baker, innkeeper, cookbook author, née Anna Heitweg Tutjer

Mary Fenner Dallman (11 apr 1935 – US) author, professor, neuroendocrinologist, first tenure-track female faculty member at University of California Department of Physiology

Judith Ann Reisman (11 apr 1935 – Newark NJ) nonfiction writer, conservative cultural critic

Reatha Clark King (11 apr 1938 – Pavo GA) chemist, businesswoman, former vice-president of General Mills, former chair / president / executive director of General Mills Foundation board of trustees

Louise Lasser (11 apr 1939 – New York NY) tv writer, actress, acting teacher

Ellen Holtz Goodman (11 apr 1941 – Newton MA) speaker, journalist, columnist, commentator

Mary Rita Cooke [M. R. C.] Greenwood (11 apr 943 – US) author, researcher, national leader in nutrition / health sciences / higher education, first female president of University of Hawai’i

Helen Conrad (11 apr 1944 – Pasadena CA) romance novelist, aka Jena Hunt, Raye Morgan

Benita Schulman Katzenellenbogen (11 apr 1945 – New York NY) author, professor of physiology and cell biology, focus on effectiveness of breast cancer endocrine treatment

Kay Koplovitz (11 apr 1945 – Milwaukee WI) USA network founder, first US female tv network president

Barbara Jean Santucci (11 apr 1947 – Chicago IL) poet, artist, lecturer, storyteller, children’s author

Dorothy Allison (11 apr 1949 – Greenville SC) writer, speaker, feminist, lesbian femme

Inez Fung (11 apr 1949 – British Hong Kong) author, essayist, climatologist, professor of atmospheric science, co-director of Berkeley Institute of the Environment

Brenda Cullerton (11 apr 1952 – Norwalk CT) novelist, fashion writer, nonfiction author, creative consultant

Sharon Mills Draper (11 apr 1952 – Cleveland OH) author, novelist, educator

Ethel Morgan Smith (11 apr 1952 – Louisville AL) author, essayist, professor

Lois Kleinsasser (11 apr 1954 – Washington DC) romance novelist, pen names: Cait Logan, Cait London

Julie Czerneda (11 apr 1955 – Canada) author, biologist, science fiction / fantasy editor, short-story writer

Rebecca Dazai Costa (11 apr 1955 – San Mateo CA) author, futurist, sociobiologist, expert in field of fast adaptation

04.10 | Women.Born.Before

10 apr 1835 Louise Chandler Moulton
Louise Chandler Moulton (10 apr 1835 – 10 aug 1908 | Pomfret CT – Boston MA) poet, critic, short-story writer, prose fiction author, literary salon hostess |  women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
10 apr 1858 Lucy Higgs Nichols
Lucy Higgs Nichols (10 apr 1838 – 25 jan 1915 | Halifax County NC – New Albany IN) escaped slave, aka Aunt Lucy, Civil War Union nurse, Grand Army of the Republic sole female honorary member |  women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
10 apr 1850 Mary Emilee Holmes
Mary Emilee Holmes (10 apr 1850 – 13 feb 1906 | Chester NY – Rockford IL) geologist, educator, first female fellow of the Geological Society of America, co-founded seminary for young black women |  women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
10 apr 1875 Margaret Sutermeister
Margaret [Daisy] Sutermeister (10 apr 1875 – 30 may 1951 | Milton MA – Milton MA) glass-plate photographer, plant nursery manager, 1800+ photographic works discovered stored in her barn a few years after her death | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Helene Carola Sanford Dow (10 apr 1874 – 08 aug 1962 | Brussels, Belgium – Derby CT) author, travel writer, aka Machesa di Poggio

Frances [Fannie Coralie] Perkins Wilson (10 apr 1880 – 14 may 1965 | Boston MA – New York NY) memoirist, politician, US Secretary of Labor, workers’ rights activist, aka The Woman Behind the New Deal

Sadie Oglesby (10 apr 1881 – 01 feb 1956 | Concord NC – Boston MA) race unity activist, early African-American Bahá’í member, secretary / treasurer of Boston Spiritual Assembly, third black pilgrim / first black woman pilgrim / first black pilgrim to meet Bahá’í leader Shoghi Effendi

Emily Taft Douglas (10 apr 1899 – 28 jan 1994 | Chicago IL – White Plains NY) author, biographer, politician, anti-nuclear advocate, helped establish the United Nations

Beatrice Fry Hyslop (10 apr 1899 – 23 jul 1973 | New York NY – Rochester NY) author, teacher, historian

Clare Boothe Luce (10 apr 1903 – 09 oct 1987 | New York NY – Washington DC) author, playwright, ambassador, first American woman appointed to major ambassadorial post abroad

Ruth Windmüller Duckworth (10 apr 1919 – 18 oct 2009 | Hamburg, Germany – Chicago IL) modernist ceramic sculptor

Thelma Pressman (10 apr 1921 – 10 aug 2010 | California US – Rancho Mirage CA) restaurateur, cookbook author, development consultant, first US microwave cooking school founder

Sonia Landy Sheridan (10 apr 1925 – Newark OH) artist, academic, founded Generative Systems research program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, honorary editor of Leonardo, Journal of the International Society for the Arts Sciences and Technology [Leonardo/ISAST]

Johnnie Lee Percy Tillmon Blackston (10 apr 1926 – 22 nov 1995 | Scott AR – Los Angeles CA) African-American, writer, feminist, welfare rights activist, Aid to Needy Children founder, National Welfare Rights director

Joan Ceciel Quigley (10 apr 1927 – 21 oct 2014 | Kansas City MO – San Francisco CA) astrologer, memoirist, US Presidential First Lady’s astrological consultant

Dolores Fernandez Huerta (10 apr 1930 – Dawson NM) author, speaker, labor leader, social justice activist

Lynne Lawner (10 apr 1935 – Dayton OH) poet, author, photographer, art historian

Bernice [Bingo] Bing (10 apr 1936 – 18 aug 1998 | San Francisco CA – Philo CA) Chinese-American artist, lesbian, Zen Buddhist, community activist, arts administrator, calligraphy-inspired abstraction painter

Garn Stephens (10 apr 1936 – Tulsa OK) tv / film actress, screenwriter, crime / mystery novelist

Barbara Steketee D’Amato (10 apr 1938 – Grand Rapids MI) novelist, serial mystery writer

Donna Hennyey (10 apr 1942 – New York NY) nutritionist, nutrition instructor, former fencer, American-born Canadian

Shirley Anne Rogers Walker (10 apr 1945 – 30 nov 2006 | Napa CA – Reno NV) jingle writer, composer, conductor, orchestrator, music arranger

Elodie Keene (10 apr 1949 – Paso Robles CA) tv / film editor, director, producer

Pamela Redmond Satran (10 apr 1953 – New York NY) entrepreneur, fiction and nonfiction author

Pamela Wallin (10 apr 1953 – Wadena, Saskatchewan) author, diplomat, broadcast journalist, corporate board member, former left-wing political activist

Anne Lamott (10 apr 1954 – San Francisco CA) activist, novelist, essayist, memoirist, nonfiction writer

Ruth E. Carter (10 apr 1960 – Springfield MA) costume designer

Katrina Elizabeth Leskanich (10 apr 1960 – Topeka KS) singer, author, actress, radio DJ, TV presenter, rhythm guitarist