01.14 | Women.Born.Before

14 jan 1809 Mary Ann Stearns Pratt
Mary Ann Frost Stearns Pratt (14 jan 1809 – 24 aug 1891 | Groton VT – Pleasant Grove, Utah Territory) midwife, essayist, early feminist, Mormon folk figure, legal / political activist, married to one or two original Church of Latter Day Saints founders | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
14 jan 1830 Katharine Prescott Wormeley
Katharine Prescott Wormeley (14 jan 1830 – 04 aug 1908 | Ipswich UK – Jackson NH) author, philanthropist, volunteer Civil War nurse, French-English translator | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
14 jan 1841 Juliet Corson
Juliet Corson (14 jan 1841 – 18 jun 1897 | Boston MA – New York NY) American author, teacher, social activist, cookbook author, cooking school founder | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
14 jan 1844 clara kathleen rogers
Clara Kathleen Rogers (14 jan 1844 – 08 mar 1931 | Cheltenham, England – Boston MA) British-American writer, singer, composer, music educator, aka Clara Doria | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Cornelia [Nellie] Cole Fairbanks (14 jan 1852 – 24 oct 1913 | Marysville OH – Indianapolis IN) suffragist, US Vice-Presidential Second Lady, women’s political activist / pathfinder, founding member all-women’s Fortnightly Literary Club

Alice Pike Barney (14 jan 1857 – 16 jul 1931 | Cincinnati OH – Los Angeles CA) painter, arts activist

Hannah Greenebaum Solomon (14 jan 1858 – 07 dec 1942 | Chicago IL – Chicago IL) Jewish-American social activist / leader /reformer, autobiographical author, founder / first president of National Council of Jewish Women

Isabel Maitland Stewart (14 jan 1878 – 05 oct 1963 | Raleigh, Ontario – Chatham NJ) Canadian-American author, educator, researcher

Ninetta [Nettie] May Runnals (14 jan 1885 – 01 jun 1980 | Dover-Foxcroft ME – Waterville ME) Colby College Dean of Women, student / faculty gender equality activist / advocate, founded Waterville ME branch of  American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Clara Strouse Beranger de Mille (14 jan 1886 – 10 sep 1956 | Baltimore MD – Hollywood CA) German-American, author, journalist, producer, screenwriter, USC School of Cinematic Arts faculty

Margery Land May (14 jan 1898 – 13 may 1932 | New Orleans LA – Shreveport LA) author, screenwriter, short fiction writer, penname Margery Land Mason

Marion E. Martin (14 jan 1900 – 10 jan 1987 | Bangor ME – Hallowell ME) politician, founded National Federation of Republican Women’s Clubs

Phyllis Virginia [Bebe] Daniels (14 jan 1901 – 16 mar 1971 | Dallas TX – London, England) American-British singer, dancer, actress, film producer, cookbook author, BBC radio show co-host

Emily Hahn (14 jan 1905 – 18 feb 1997 | St Louis MO – New York NY) Chinese-American author, essayist, journalist, early feminist, short fiction writer

Tillie Lerner Olsen (14 jan 1912 – 01 jan 2007 | Wahoo NE – Oakland CA) biographer, political activist, unfinished novelist, nonfiction author, first wave American feminist, US Communist party member, award-winning short fiction writer

Janet Baillie Hardy (14 jan 1916 – 23 oct 2008 | Duncan, British Columbia – Blatimore MD) author, pioneering pediatrician, medical researcher, pregnancy prevention program project, founded Johns Hopkins Collaborative Perinatal Project, established connection between maternal rubella and birth defects

Toyo Suyemoto (14 jan 1916 – 30 dec 2003 | Oroville CA – Columbus OH) poet, teacher, memoirist, librarian, Japanese-American WWII camp internee

Rhena Schweitzer Miller (14 jan 1919 – 22 feb 2009 | Strasbourg, France – Pacific Palisades CA) author, hospital director, humanitarian activist, co-founded Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Goldie [Grace] Hoffman (14 jan 1921 – 26 jul 2008 | Cleveland OH – Stuttgart, Germany) operatic mezzo-soprano, college music professor

Ruth du Pont Lord (14 jan 1922 – 04 aug 2014 | New York NY – New Haven CT) author, biographer, philanthropist, psychiatrist, supporter of the arts, co-founder Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Child Study Center researcher, last private resident of Winterthur mansion which became Winterthur Museum

Edna Moscelyne Larkin (14 jan 1925 – 25 apr 2012 | Miami OK – Tulsa OK) ballerina, co-founded Tulsa Civic Ballet and School, one of first Native American ballerinas called The Five Moons, taught ballet to schoolchildren and college students

Ursula Schmidt Acosta (14 jan 1933 – Hanover, Germany) author, psychologist, German-Puerto Rican, retired professor, co-founded Puerto Rican Genealogical Society

Cora Taylor (14 jan 1936 –  Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan) Canadian writer, children’s / young adult fiction author

Louise Fishman (14 jan 1939 – Philadelphia PA) artist, author, feminist, lesbian, abstract painter, Jewish-American

Francene Jen Cosman (14 jan 1941 – Windsor, Ontario) former nurse, politician, businesswoman, former president of Nova Scotia Advisory Council Status of Women

Sandra McGee Tanner (14 jan 1941 – Salt Lake City UT) author, ex-Mormon, LDS historian, publisher, co-founder / head Utah Lighthouse Ministry

Carol Bellamy (14 jan 1942 – Scotch Plains NJ) author, political activist, former Director of Peace Corps, Executive Director of UNICEF, CEO / President and CEO World Learning, first female President of New York City Council

Holland Virginia Taylor (14 jan 1943 – Philadelphia PA) playwright, tv / stage / film actress

Nina Totenberg (14 jan 1944 – New York NY) author, biographer, broadcast journalist, aka Queen of the Leaks, National Public Radio (NPR) legal affairs correspondent

Kathleen Ann Bishop Chalfant (14 jan 1945 – San Francisco CA) actress, arts / social / political activist

Enid Kent (14 jan 1945 – Los Angeles CA) school librarian, former tv / stage actress

Cathlyn Platt Wilkerson (14 jan 1945 – Brooklyn NY) author, memoirist, indicted / jailed / released as bombmaker, civil rights / women’s rights activist, former member of radical Weather Underground Organization

Jo Giese (14 jan 1947 – US) author, teacher, essayist, global traveler, community activist, award-winning radio journalist, founder / president landscaping project MalibuGreenMachine, hosted public radio show Breaking the Mold focusing on businesswomen succeeding in male-dominated career fields

Jane Sterk (14 jan 1947 – Edmonton, Alberta) academic, politician, psychologist, businesswoman, British Columbia’s Green Party leader

Mary Cennamo Robison (14 jan 1949 – Washington DC) novelist, professor, short fiction writer

Jacqueline E. Phillips [Jackie] McCullough (14 jan 1950 – Kingston, Jamaica) author, gospel musician, Bright Light Publishing owner, founding Pastor of The International Gathering at Beth Rapha, founding President JEM Ministries non-profit, founding President of Beth Rapha Christian College and Theological Seminary

Susan Bee (14 jan 1952 – New York NY) painter, book artist, arts editor / co-editor

Maureen Bridgid Dowd (14 jan 1952 – Washington DC) author, NYTimes columnist, Pulitzer Prize winning writer

Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody (14 jan 1953 – Fort Belvoir VA) retired US Army General, ending military sexual violence activist, fifth-generation Army member, first women in US military and uniformed service to achieve rank of four-star general

Rosina Lippi-Green (14 jan 1956 – Chicago IL) linguist, penname Sara Donati, historical / romance novelist

Anchee Min (14 jan 1957 – Shanghia, China) Chinese-American novelist

Virginia Inman Postrel (14 jan 1960 – Greeneville SC) libertarian, nonfiction author, political / cultural writer

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01.13 | Women.Born.Before

13 jan 1810 Ernestine Susmond Polowsky Rose
Ernestine Louise Susmond Polowsky Rose (13 jan 1810 – 04 aug 1892 | Piotrków Trybunalski, Congress Poland – Brighton, England) American author, atheist, feminist, lecturer, abolitionist, women’s rights / political activist, aka The Queen of the Platform, first US female petitioner for married women’s property rights | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
13 jan 1819 Sarah Horton Cockrell
Sarah Horton Cockrell (13 jan 1819 – 26 apr 1892 | Virginia US – Dallas TX) pioneer, philanthropist, businesswoman, one of first Texas millionaires, City of Dallas benefactor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
13 jan 1827 Ethelinda [Ethel Lynn] Eliot Beers
Ethelinda [Ethel Lynn] Eliot Beers (13 jan 1827 – 11 oct 1879 | Goshen NY – Orange NJ) US Civil War poet | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
13 jan 1848 lilla cabot perry
Lilla Cabot Perry (13 jan 1848 – 28 feb 1933 | Boston MA – Hancock NH) poet, artist, painter, translator, self-taught till age of 36 | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Charlotte E. Ray (13 jan 1850 – 04 jan 1911 | New York NY – Woodside NY) teacher, suffragist, first practicing US female African-American lawyer

Miriam Likelike Kekāuluohi Keahelapalapa Kapili (13 jan 1851 – 02 feb 1887 | Honolulu, O’ahu – Honolulu HI) songwriter, aka Princess Likelike, Governor of the Island, Princess of the Kingdom of Hawai’i

Pauline Schindler O’Neill (13 jan 1865 – 12 jan 1961 | San Francisco CA – Los Angeles CA) suffragist, legislator, suffrage leader

Ruby Pickens Tartt (13 jan 1880 – 29 nov 1974 | Livingston AL – York AL) artist, author, librarian, folklorist, ethnomusicologist

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann (13 jan 1896 – 15 sep 1991 | Constantinople, Ottoman Empire – New York NY) Armenian-American philanthropist, graduate student scholarship founder

Gertrude Mary Cox (13 jan 1900 – 17 oct 1978 | Dayton OH – Durham NC) author, professor, statistician, experimental designs researcher, founded Department of Experimental Statistics [NCSU], first female elected to International Statistical Institute

Virginia Van Upp (13 jan 1902 – 25 mar 1970 | Chicago IL – Los Angeles CA) Dutch-American, film producer, screenwriter

Ruth Harriet Louise (13 jan 1903 – 12 oct 1940 | New York NY – Los Angeles CA) photographer, first active professional female Hollywood photographer

Osa Massen (13 jan 1914 – 02 jan 2006 | Denmark – Hollywood CA) actress, newspaper photographer, born Aase Madsen

Bella Lewitzky (13 jan 1916 – 16 jul 2004 | Los Angeles CA – Pasadena CA) Russian-American dancer, dance teacher, modern dance choreographer, founded Dance Theatre of Los Angeles, founding dance department chair at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, founded Bella Lewitzky Dance Company

Edna Hibel (13 jan 1917 – 05 dec 2014 | Chelsea MA – Palm Beach Gardens FL) artist, humanitarian

Hilda Pauline Watson (13 jan 1922 – 14 jul 1997 | Kuest, Saskatchewan – Haines Junction, Yukon) schoolteacher, Canadian politician, first female Canadian political party leader whose members were elected

Pinkie Gordon Lane (13 jan 1923 – 03 dec 2008 | Philadelphia PA – Baton Rouge LA) African-American poet, editor, author, short fiction writer, first African-American Louisiana State Poet Laureate

Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (13 jan 1926 – 09 oct 2003 | East Orange NJ – New York NY) academic, feminist, nonfiction author, mystery novelist, women’s rights activist, penname Amanda Cross, first tenured female in English Department at Columbia University, end-of-life-choice advocate

Selwa Carmen Showker [Lucky] Roosevelt (13 jan 1929 – Kingsport TN) author, journalist, freelance writer, Lebanese-American, longest-serving US Chief of Protocol

Frances Yates Beal (13 jan 1940 – Binghamton NY) African-American author, essayist, feminist, peace / justice / political activist, associate editor of The Black Scholar, past co-founder SNCC Black Women’s Liberation Committee

Victoria Thorson (13 jan 1943 – US) editor, author, sculptor, art historian

Susan Morrisey Livingstone (13 jan 1946 – Carthage MO) former Acting US Secretary of the Navy, first female Navy Secretary in US history, policy management consultant, advocate to end abusive interrogation techniques at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay

Françoise David (13 jan 1948 – Montreal, Quebec) author, feminist politician, women’s rights activist, anti-poverty / women’s violence march organizer

Carol Hampton Rasco (13 jan 1948 – Columbia SC) US political aide, advocate for literacy / children / disability rights, former Director of US Domestic Policy Council

Diane [Dee] Mosbacher (13 jan 1949 – Houston TX) psychiatrist, professor, lesbian feminist activist, founded non-profit Woman Vision, documentary film director and producer, founded Mosbacher Fund for Media Studies and the Mosbacher / Gartrell Center for Media Experimentation and Activism

Pamela Jo Howell Slutz (13 jan 1949 – Chicago IL) career member of Senior US Foreign Service, former US Ambassador to Burundi and to Mongolia, first female Deputy Director of US Department of State of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, first female Acting Director / Deputy Director of American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei

Rose Marie Bravo (13 jan 1951 – Bronx NY) fashion industry businesswoman

Nora Lustig (13 jan 1951 – Buenos Aires, Argentina) US author, essayist, professor, Mexican economy expert researcher, co-founded Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA)

Sally Peterson (13 jan 1951 – Ottumwa IA) magazine editor, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

Luann Marie Ryon (13 jan 1953 – Long Beach CA) former Olympic gold medal archer

Denise Morrison (13 jan 1954 – Elberon NJ) business executive, former president / CEO of Campbell Soup Company

Euzhan Palcy (13 jan 1958 – Martinique, French West Indies) writer, producer, filmmaker, first black woman director of major Hollywood film, first black director to win Venice Film Festival Award, only female filmmaker to direct Marlon Brando

01.12 | Women.Born.Before

12 jan 1820 Caroline Maria Seymour Severance
Caroline Maria Seymour Severance (12 jan 1820 – 10 nov 1914 | Canandaigua NY – Los Angeles CA) author, abolitionist, suffragist, women’s clubs founder, aka The Mother of Clubs, first woman registered to vote in California State | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
12 jan 1874 Laura Adams Armer
Laura Adams Armer (12 jan 1874 – 16 mar 1963 | Sacramento CA – Yolo CA) artist, writer, photographer | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
12 jan 1877 Lucy Allen Smart
Lucy Allen Smart (12 jan 1877 – 07 sep 1960 | Steubenville OH – Forest Hills NY) author, editor, historian, librarian, American women’s historical performance artist, curator for Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society Museum, co-edited and co-authored (though uncredited) The Archaeological Atlas of Ohio | women.born.before© susan.powers.bourne
12 jan 1886 beatrice banning ayer patton
Beatrice Banning Ayer Patton (12 jan 1886 – 30 sep 1953 | Haverhill MA – Hamilton MA) author, sailor, speaker, novelist, translator, equestrian, political figure, married to General George Patton | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Eloise Gerry (12 jan 1885 – 09 nov 1970 | Boston MA – ??) author, research scientist, focus on southern pine trees / production of turpentine, one of first US women to specialize in forest products research, first female appointed to professional staff of US Forest Service at Forest Products Laboratory

Theresa Helburn (12 jan 1887 – 18 aug 1959 | New York NY – Norwalk CT) theatrical producer, autobiographical author

Florence Mary MacBeth (12 jan 1891 – 05 may 1966 Mankato MN – Hyattsville MD) operatic soprano, Los Angeles Opera Guild organizer

Jane Novak (12 jan 1896 – 01 feb 1990 | St Louis MO – Woodland Hills CA) silent film actress, cookbook author

Mabel McKay (12 jan 1907 – 31 may 1993 | Nice CA – Sonoma CA) Native American, basketweaver, last Cache Pomo Dreamer

Ruth Goodman Goetz (12 jan 1908 – 12 oct 2001 | Philadelphia PA – Englewood NJ) playwright, screenwriter

Mary Rosamund Haas (12 jan 1910 – 17 may 1996 | Alameda CA – Alameda CA) author, translator, historical linguist

Adele Faber (12 jan 1928 – New York NY) author, focus on families and parenting, expert on communication between adults and children

Emily Mason (12 jan 1935 – New York NY) color field / lyrical abstract painter

Bernardine Ohrnstein Dohrn (12 jan 1942 – Milwaukee WI) author, law professor, former radical / revolutionary activist, SDS / Weather Underground leader

Hilary Mary Frayne Weston (12 jan 1942 – Dublin, Ireland) Irish-Canadian author, politician, fashion maven, businesswoman, founded Ireland Fund of Canada, established Winter Garden Show, social / cultural / early education / environmental activist, co-founded / chaired the Canadian Environment Educational Foundation, most successful fundraiser in CAN cultural history

Dorothy Irene Riddle (12 jan 1944 – Chicago IL) author, feminist, psychologist, economic development specialist, created the Riddle homophobia scale, focus on homophobia / metaphysics / women’s studies

Nancy Pearl (12 jan 1945 – Detroit MI) author, librarian, literary critic, public radio commentator

Peggy Willis-Aarnio (12 jan 1948 – 06 jan 2016 | Tampa FL – Panama City FL) author, historian, choreographer, classical ballet teacher

Hélène Rioux (12 jan 1949 – Montreal, Quebec) writer, novelist, translator, literary columnist

Ann Althouse (12 jan 1951 – Wilmington DE) author, blogger, law professor

Mary Harron (12 jan 1953 – Bracebridge, Ontario) director, filmmaker, researcher, screenwriter

Sharon L. Lechter (12 jan 1954 – US) author, investor, accountant, philanthropist,  motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, founder / CEO of Pay Your Family First

Jane Ira Bloom (12 jan 1955 – Boston MA) jazz composer, soprano saxophonist, Guggenheim Fellow in composition, asteroid 6083 Janeirabloom namesake

Celia S. Friedman (12 jan 1957 – New York NY) author, educator, former costume designer, speculative fiction novelist and short fiction writer

Sonya Lea (12 jan 1960 – US) essayist, memoirist, film director, screenwriter, writing teacher at non-profit Hugo House and with Red Badge Project for female service members and veterans

01.11 | Women.Born.Before

11 jan 1801 Caroline Matilda Stansbury Kirkland
Caroline Mathilda Stansbury Kirkland (11 jan 1801 – 06 apr 1864 | New York NY – New York NY) writer, editor, social activist, Domestic School co-founder | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
11 jan 1836 Harriet Maxwell Converse
Harriet Maxwell Converse (11 jan 1836 – 18 nov 1903 | Elmira NY – New York NY) poet, author, adopted Iroquois, aka Yaiewano / Gayaneshaoh | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
11 jan 1862 Martha Strudwick Young
Martha Strudwick Young (11 jan 1862 – 09 may 1941 | Newbern AL – Greensboro AL) poet, novelist, lecturer, short fiction writer, children’s book author | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
11 jan 1864 anna schoen-rene
Anna Schoen-René (11 jan 1864 – 1942 | Berlin, Germany – New York NY) German-American author, musician, memoirist, music teacher, entrepreneur, aka Godmother of Minnesota Orchestra, considered first woman to conduct an orchestra in the USA | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice (11 jan 1870 – 10 feb 1942 | Shelbyville KY – Louisville KY) novelist

Bertha Mellen Kirk (11 jan 1873 – 14 sep 1951 | Greeley  KS – Garnett KS) folk figure, teacher for the deaf, original resident of The Kirk House (now designated historical home)

Anne Laziere Crawford Flexner (11 jan 1874 – 11 jan 1955 | Georgetown KY – Providence RI) playwright

Alice Stokes Paul (11 jan 1885 – 09 jul 1977 | Moorestown NJ – Moorestown NJ) suffragist, feminist, women’s rights activist, 19th Amendment leader / strategist

Virginia Brooks Washburne (11 jan 1886 – 15 jun 1929 | Chicago IL – Portland OR) author, suffragist, public speaker, political reformer

Isabel Bassett Wasson (11 jan 1897 – 21 feb 1994 | Brooklyn NY – La Grange Park IL) birder, author, pioneering female petroleum geologist, first female ranger at Yellowstone National Park, first (male or female) interpretive rangers of US National Park Service

Grete L. Bibring (11 jan 1899 – 10 aug 1977 | Vienna, Austria-Hungary – Cambridge MA) Austrian-American author, psychoanalyst, first female full professor Harvard Medical School

Eve La Gallienne (11 jan 1899 – 03 jun 1991 | London UK – Weston CT) English-American actress, lesbian, producer, director, essayist, memoirist, biographer

Helen Huntington Howe (11 jan 1905 – 1975 | Boston MA – Boston MA) novelist, genealogical author, satirical sketch performance artist

Betty Henninger Miles (11 jan 1910 – 09 jun 1992 | Santa Monica CA – Hughson CA) actress, equestrian, stuntwoman, drama teacher, public school educator

Bernice Gordon (11 jan 1914 – 29 jan 2015 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) abstract painter, needlepoint artist, crossword puzzle constructor / contributor, oldest NYTimes crossword constructor (at age 100)

Juanita Morris Kreps (11 jan 1921 – 05 jul 2010 | Lynch KY – Durham NC) author, economist, women’s economic status researcher, US Presidential Cabinet Secretary

Elizabeth [Betty] Callans Flanagan Bumpers (11 jan 1925 – 23 nov 2018 | Grand Prairie AR – Little Rock AR) teacher, pacifist, world peace activist, former First Lady of Arkansas, childhood immunizations advocate

Susan Reed (11 jan 1926 – 25 apr 2010 | Columbia SC – Greenport NY) author, harpist, zitherist, folk singer, hootenanny movement pioneer / performer

Marcia Marcus (11 jan 1928 – New York NY) artist, professor, figurative / self-portraiture painter

Eve Rabin Queler (11 jan 1931 – New York NY) conductor,  founded Opera Orchestra of New York (OONY), Artistic Director Emerita of OONY

Mary Rodgers (11 jan 1931 – 26 jun 2014 New York NY – New York NY) musicals composer, children’s book author

Judith Campbell Exner (11 jan 1934 – 24 sep 1999 | New York NY – Duarte CA) artist, memoirist, alleged JFK mistress, political folk figure, autobiographical author

Rosemary Cove (11 jan 1936 – New York NY) painter, sculptor, collage artist

Eva Hesse (11 jan 1936 – 29 may 1970 | Hamburg, Germany – New York NY) German-Jewish-American sculptor, feminist, artistic pioneer in latex, plastics, fiberglass

Jill Churchill (11 jan 1943 – Kansas City MO) mystery writer, non-fiction historical author, born Janice Young Brooks

Janet Campbell Hale (11 jan 1946 – Riverside CA) Native American short fiction writer

Sandra Peabody (11 jan 1948 – Portland OR) actress, screenwriter, producer and acting coach, aka Lydia Cassel, Sandra Cassell

Christine Anne [Chris] Weatherhead (11 jan 1948 – Los Angeles CA) novelist, playwright, screenwriter, tv / film / theatre actress, director, producer

Diana Gabaldon (11 jan 1952 – Arizona US) novelist, professor, historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure, science fiction/fantasy author

Carla Harryman (11 jan 1952 – Orange CA) poet, essayist, co-editor, playwright, creative writing professor, associated with Language poets

Susan R. Kadis (11 jan 1953 – Toronto, Ontario) politician, volunteer worker, newspaper publisher, children’s equal education activist

Janet Lee Carey (11 jan 1954 – New York US) professor, children’s / young adult fantasy novelist

Suzanne Bates (11 jan 1956 – Danville IL) author, gardener, tv news anchor / reporter, executive consultant, business coach, executive communication authority

01.10 | Women.Born.Before

10 jan 1770 Sally Foster Otis
Sally Foster Otis (10 jan 1770 – 06 sep 1838 | Boston MA – Boston MA) hostess, folk figure, Francophile, aka Queen of Boston Society | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
10 jan 1820 Louisa Lane Drew
Louisa Lane Drew (10 jan 1820 – 31 aug 1897 | London UK – Larchmont NY) British-American stage actress, theater owner, theatrical family matriarch | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
10 jan 1837 Larcena Ann Pennington Page Scott
Larcena Ann Pennington Page Scott (10 jan 1837 – 31 mar 1913 | Nashville TN – Tucson AZ) pioneer, Western folk heroine, Indian kidnap survivor | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
10 jan 1850 manie payne ferguson
Manie Payne Ferguson (10 jan 1850 – 08 jun 1932 | Carlow, Ireland – Los Angeles CA) hymnist, evangelist, social activist, mission co-founder, American Holiness Movement pioneer leader | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Mary Amelia Ingalls (10 jan 1865 – 17 oct 1928 | Pepin WI – De Smet SD) blind folk / literary family figure

Maud Younger (10 jan 1870 – 25 jun 1936 | San Francisco CA – Los Gatos CA) suffragist, labor reformer / organizer

Olive Higgins Prouty (10 jan 1882 – 24 mar 1974 | Worcester MA – Brookline MA) poet, novelist, memoirist, philanthropist, founded Smith College writers’ scholarship

Beatrice [Beatrix] Sherman (10 jan 1894 – 01 jan 1975 | Scranton PA – West Palm Beach FL) silhouettist, US Presidential silhouette artist

Frances Lockridge (10 jan 1896 – 19 feb 1963 | Saint Joseph MO – Tryon NC) serial mystery fiction co-author

Worth Tuttle Hedden (10 jan 1896 – 14 sep 1985 | Raleigh NC – Augusta ME) author, novelist

Katharine Burr Blodgett (10 jan 1898 – 12 oct 1979 | Schenectady NY – Schenectady NY) inventor, physicist, scientific researcher, first female PhD in Physics at University of Cambridge, invented low-reflectance invisible glass

Jessie Josephine Coe Lichauco (10 jan 1912 – Isla de los Pinos, Cuba) Cuban-born Filipino-American, philanthropist, Settlement House activist, WWII refugee advocate, field hospital operator, co-founded Red Feather Agency (later known as Community Chest)

Helen Grace (10 jan 1914 – 21 dec 2002 | Chehalis WA – Newport Beach CA) businesswoman, co-founded / headed Helen Grace Candy Chocolates

Beatrice Cynthia Freeman (10 jan 1915 – 22 oct 1988 | New York NY – San Francisco CA) novelist, interior decorator

Rosita Fernández (10 jan 1918 – 02 may 2006 | Monterrey, Mexico – San Antonio TX) Mexican-American actress, humanitarian, Tejano music singer, aka San Antonio’s First Lady of Song

Marilyn Rose Cotlow (10 jan 1924 – Minneapolis MN) operatic lyric coloratura soprano, master voice teacher

Marlene Sanders (10 jan 1931 – 14 jul 2015 | Cleveland OH – Brooklyn NY) author, television news anchor, producer, executive, correspondent, documentary filmmaker, first female / pioneer in field of television news

Elizabeth Anne Hull (10 jan 1937 – Upper Darby PA) academic, political activist, Professor Emerita, science fiction expert, Science Fiction Research Association president / newsletter editor

Afeni Shakur (10 jan 1947 – 02 may 2016 | Lumberton NC – Sausalito CA) activist, lecturer, businesswoman, former Black Panther, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur

Dorianne Laux (10 jan 1952 – Augusta ME) poet, creative writing professor

Adriana Vanelli (10 jan 1955 – 08 aug 2015 | Hazel Park MI – Springfield MO) operatic soprano, born Janet Lee Cessna, later Christian music performer

Eva Qamaniq Aariak (10 jan 1955 – Arctic Bay, Northwest Territories [now Nunavut]) teacher, reporter, women’s activist, Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, fifth female to serve as a premier in Canada

Nina Simons (10 jan 1957 – Manhattan NY) Bioneers co-CEO / co-founder, environmental / entrepreunerial activist, Cultivating Women’s Leadership intensive co-creator, gender balance / women’s leadership consultant

01.09 | Women.Born.Before

09 jan 1710 Sarah Pierpont Edwards
Sarah Pierpont Edwards (09 jan 1709 – 02 oct 1758 | New Haven CT – Philadelphia PA) author, mystic, pioneer woman, minister’s wife | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
09 jan 1739 Rebecca Bryan Boone
Rebecca Bryan Boone (09 dec 1739 – 18 mar 1813 | Winchester VA – Defiance MO) Quaker pioneer, folk figure, tavern keeper, community midwife, Kentucky State politician’s wife | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
09 jan 1802 Catherine Parr Strickland Traill
Catharine Parr Strickland Traill (09 jan 1802 – 29 aug 1899 | Rotherhithe UK – Lakefield, Ontario) author, settler, naturalist, children’s writer, pioneer Canadian natural writer | women.born.before© susan.powers.bourne
09 jan 1810 anna bishop riviere
Anna Bishop Riviere (09 jan 1810 – 19 mar 1884 | London UK – New York NY) English-American operatic bel canto soprano | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Jennie Jerome Churchill (09 jan 1854 – 29 jun 1921 | Brooklyn NY – London UK) American-English, magazine editor, mother of Winston Churchill

Lizette Woodworth Reese (09 jan 1856 – 17 dec 1935 | Waverly MD – Baltimore MD) poet

Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton (09 jan 1857 – 25 feb 1934 | New York NY – Bronx NY) author, botanist, bryologist, educator

Carrie Chapman Catt (09 jan 1859 – 09 mar 1947 | Ripon WI – New Rochelle NY) suffragist, social activist, pamphleteer

Helen Lukens Gaut (09 jan 1872 – 17 jan 1955 | Rock Falls IL – Los Angeles CA) artist, painter, travel writer, photographer, photojournalist

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (09 jan 1875 – 18 apr 1942 | New York NY – New York NY) sculptor, art patron / collector, Whitney Museum of American Art founder

Emily Newell Blair (09 jan 1877 – 03 aug 1951 | Joplin MO – Alexandria VA) author, feminist, suffragist, Women’s Committee historian, MO suffrage publication editor, co-founded League of Women Voters, principal founder Woman’s National Democratic Club, first female national vice-chair US Democratic party

Ida Cohen Rosenthal (09 jan 1886 – 28 mar 1973 | Rakaw, Russian Empire – New York NY) dressmaker, businesswoman, co-founded Maidenform Bras

Ruth Fairchild Rogers (09 jan 1893 – 07 sep 1978 | Albion MI – Albion MI) editor, dental hygienist, fluoride activist / advocate, American Dental Assistants’ Association co-founder / president

Maurine Neuberger (09 jan 1907 – 22 feb 2000 | Cloverdale OR – Portland OR) author, politician, photographer, first / only female Oregon State Senator

Gypsy Rose Lee (09 jan 1911 – 26 apr 1970 | Seattle WA – Los Angeles CA) dancer, memoirist, playwright, mystery writer

Louise McNeill Pease (09 jan 1911 – 18 jun 1993 | Buckeye WV – Charleston WV) poet, essayist, Appalachian historian

Virginia Bickley Harper (09 jan 1915 – 09 jun 2002 | Dougherty GA – Aiken SC) US Manhattan Project member

Mollie Orshansky (09 jan 1915 – 18 dec 2006 | Bronx NY – Manhattan NY) writer, economist, statistician, developed Orshansky Poverty Thresholds (used by US Social Security Administration to determine levels of poverty guidelines)

Edith Marion Marcombe Shiffert (09 jan 1916 – 01 mar 2017 | Toronto, Ontario – Kyoto, Japan) Canadian ex-patriate poet

Lynn Culbreath Noel (09 jan 1926 – Philadelphia PA) African-American news reporter, documentarian

Polly Platt (09 jan 1927 – 26 dec 2008 | Bryn Mawr PA – Vienna, Austria) author, public speaker, French-American specialist, Culture Crossings training company founder / seminar leader

Judith Krantz (09 jan 1928 – New York NY) Jewish-American romance novelist

K Callan (09 jan 1936 – Dallas TX) actress, nonfiction author, born Katherine Elizabeth Borman

Sybil [Anne] Rivers Siddons (09 jan 1936 – Fairburn GA) Southern US novelist

Peggie Lois Hartwell (09 jan 1939 – Springfield SC) former dancer, fine arts quilter, fourth-generation African-American quilter, children’s arts / quilting educator, Chairperson of Summerville Chapter of Women of Color Quilters Network

Joan Chandos Baez (09 jan 1941 – Staten Island NY) musician, folk singer-songwriter, autobiographical author, civil / LGBT / political / children’s / human rights / environmental activist, co-founded Institute for Study of Nonviolence (later Resource Center for Nonviolence), US section of Amnesty International co-founder / supporter

Ariel Bybee (09 jan 1943 – 20 mar 2018 | Reno NV – Salt Lake City UT) author, mezzo-soprano soloist, voice teacher, university opera director, active LDS church member

Linda Joyce Greenhouse (09 jan 1947 – New York NY) journalist, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Distinguished Journalist in Residence

Jane Slaughter (09 jan 1949 – US) editor, author, co-author, journalist, labor affairs specialist, Labor Notes staff member

M. Juliana [Julie] McElrath (09 jan 1951 – US) essayist, leading international HIV immunology / vaccine researcher, director / senior vice president of vaccine and infectious disease division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Margaret L. Klenck (09 jan 1953 – Reading PA) author, former stage / screen actor, Jungian analyst, president of Jungian Psychoanalytic Association

Michiko [Michi] Kakutani (09 jan 1955 – New Haven CT) Japanese-American critic, writer, NY Times Pulitzer Prize winning literary critic

Alexandra Bugailiskis (09 jan 1956 – Hamilton, Ontario) Canadian diplomat, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Diplomat in Residence

Sally Satel (09 jan 1956 – US) author, lecturer, essayist, psychiatrist

Alison Dundes Renteln (09 jan 1960 – US) author, professor of political science, anthropology, law, and public policy, legal cultural defense advocate

01.08 | Women.Born.Before

08 jan 1849 Ida Whipple Benham
Ida Whipple Benham (08 jan 1849 – 21 may 1903 | Quakertown CT –  Ledyard CT) poet, hymnist, educator, peace activist, American Peace Society director, Universal Peace Union executive committee member | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
08 jan 1859 Fanny Bullock Workman
Fanny Bullock Workman (08 jan 1859 – 22 jan 1925 | Worcester MA – Cannes, France) author, explorer, geographer, cartographer | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
08 jan 1863 Ellen Churchill Semple
Ellen Churchill Semple (08 jan 1863 – 08 may 1932 | Louisville KY – West Palm Beach FL) author, geographer, Presidential advisor, president American Geographers, first female president of any US academic organization  | women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne
08 jan 1864 mary kenney o'sullivan
Mary Kenney O’Sullivan (08 jan 1864 – 18 jan 1943 | Hannibal MO – West Medford MA) bookbinder, dressmaker, settlement house activist, labor movement organizer, founded Women’s Trade Union League, factory Inspector for MA Board of Labor and Industries women.born.before © susan.powers.bourne

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Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle (08 jan 1865 – 07 jan 1934 | South Columbia NY – New York NY) illustrator, commercial artist, prolific souvenir / postcard / greeting card artist

Emily Greene Balch (08 jan 1867 – 09 jan 1961 | Jamaica Plain MA – Cambridge MA) author, Quaker, economist, Nobel Prize winner

Sarah Jane Layton Walker Cahier (08 jan 1870 – 15 apr 1951 | Nashville TN – Manhattan Beach CA) master teacher / vocal coach, contralto / mezzo-soprano opera and lieder singer, dual American-Swedish citizenship

Linnie Marsh Wolfe (08 jan 1881 – 15 sep 1945 | Big Rapids MI – Berkeley CA) author, librarian, biographer, Pulitzer Prize winner

Alice Elinor Lambert (08 jan 1886 – 19 feb 1981 | Corvallis OR – Marysville WA) columnist, romance novelist

Nancy Faulkner (08 jan 1906 – 10 mar 2002 | Lynchburg VA – New York NY) author, young adult’s historical novelist

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck (08 jan 1908 – 23 apr 2006 | Kiev, Russia – Blue Bell PA) Russian-American author, modern dance pioneer / pedagogue, Philadelphia Dance Academy founder / director

Evelyn Nielsen Wood (08 jan 1909 – 26 aug 1995 | Logan UT – Tucson AZ) educator, businesswoman, speed reading expert

Alice Lee Marriott (08 jan 1910 – 01 jan 1992 | Wilmette IL – Oklahoma City OK) author, anthropologist, ethnographer

Frances Rich (08 jan 1910 – 14 oct 2007 | Spokane WA – Payson AZ) actress, sculptor, Lieutenant Director US Navy Reserves, Public Relations Director at Smith College, born Irene Frances Luther Deffenbaugh

Annabelle Lyon (08 jan 1916 – 04 nov 2011 | New York NY – Mansfield MA) ballerina

Caroline Rose Hunt (08 jan 1923 – 13 nov 2018 | El Dorado AR – Dallas TX) author, heiress, hotelier, philanthropist

Evelyn Schulman Lear (08 jan 1926 – 01 jul 2012 | Brooklyn NY – Sandy Spring MD) operatic soprano, Fulbright Scholar

Alexandra Ripley (08 jan 1934 – 10 jan 2004 | Charleston SC – Richmond VA) novelist, pseudonym: B. K. Ripley

Camille Yarbrough (08 jan 1938 – Chicago IL) poet, author, activist, actress, musician, television producer

Carolina Herrera (08 jan 1939 – Caracas, Venezuela) Venezuelan-American fashion designer, designs for US First Ladies, born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño

Brigette Caroline [Nena] von Schlebrügge (08 jan 1941 – Mexico City, Mexico) Swedish-American, former fashion model, former managing director of NY Open Center and Tibet House US, Menla Mountain Retreat managing director

Nancy Barbara Bond (08 jan 1945 – Bethesda MD) librarian, professor, children’s author

Betty Beaumont (08 jan 1946 – Toronto, Ontario) Canadian-American site-specific conceptual / cross-disciplinary installation artist, sculptor, photographer

Marty Davis (08 jan 1948 – Detroit MI) broadcast journalist, former network radio and television news anchor

Karen Tei Yamashita (08 jan 1951 – Oakland CA) Japanese-American novelist, professor, playwright

Valerie Fox (08 jan 1954 – New York NY) professional coach, creative and executive director, Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ) co-founder

Vanessa Theme Ament (08 jan 1955 – Glendale CA)  author, musician, academic, professor, Foley artist, voice artist

Wendy Mesley (08 jan 1957 – Montreal, Quebec) tv host, reporter, broadcast journalist, breast cancer survivor

Elizabeth [Betsy] Prince DeVos (08 jan 1958 – Holland MI) philanthropist, business woman, US Secretary of Education, arts / social / education / charter school activist