Women.Born.Alive | 05.08

08 may 1753 Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley (08 may 1753 – 05 dec 1784 | Gambia or Senegal, Africa – Boston MA) poet, letter correspondent, first female African-American published author | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
08 may 1821 Ella Elvira Gibson.jpg
Ella Elvira Gibson (08 may 1821 – 08 mar 1901 | Winchendon MA – Barre MA) poet, editor, educator, essayist, Freethinker, pamphleteer, ordained minister, first female US Army chaplain | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
08 may 1835 Augusta Evans Wilson
Augusta Evans Wilson  (08 may 1835 – 09 may 1909 | Columbus GA – Mobile AL) author, novelist, Southern literature pioneer | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

Lucretia Longshore Blankenberg (08 may 1845 – 29 mar 1937 | New Lisbon OH – Philadelphia PA) club woman, civic leader, social activist, political family member

Mary Alice Bird Babb (08 may 1850 – 21 nov 1926 | Mount Pleasant IA – Aurora IL) women’s education activist, founding member Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)

Agnes Mathilde Wergeland (08 may 1857 – 06 march 1914 | Oslo, Norway – Laramie WY) Norwegian-American poet, educator, historian, first female PhD in Norway

Georgia Lydia Stevens (08 may 1870 – 28 mar 1946 | Boston MA – Albany NY) author, musician, religious sister, sacred music composer

Mary Edna Tobias Marcy (08 may 1877 – 08 dec 1922 | Belleville IL – Bowmanville IL) poet, author, Socialist, pamphleteer, magazine editor

Sybil Brand (08 may 1899 – 17 feb 2004 | Chicago IL – Beverly Hills CA) civic leader, social activist, philanthropist, women’s prison reformer

Dorothy Mackaye (08 may 1899 – 05 jan 1940 | Denver CO – Los Angeles CA) actress, playwright, auto accident victim

Sylvia Sleigh (08 may 1906 – 24 oct 2010 | Llandudno, Wales – New York NY) Welsh-born American realist painter, visual artist

Mary Lou Williams (08 may 1910 – 28 may 1981 | Atlanta GA – Durham NC) jazz pianist / composer / arranger

Carmen Sylvia Mathews (08 may 1911 – 31 aug 1995 | Philadelphia PA – Redding CT) actress, philanthropist, environmentalist, land preservationist

Charlotte Hughes Johnston Bruner (08 may 1917 – 04 dec 1999 | Urbana IL – Ames IA) author, professor, translator, African women’s literature specialist

Mary Quintard Govan Steele (08 may 1922 – 06 jul 1992 | Chattanooga TN – Chapel Hill NC) author, naturalist, pen-names: J. N. Darby, Wilson Gage

Louise Meriwether (08 may 1923 – Haverstraw NY) novelist, journalist, civil rights / peace activist, children’s author, African-American biographer

Nora Marks Dauenhauer (08 may 1927 – 25 sep 2017 | Hoonah AK) – Juneau AK) poet, author, scholar, translator, researcher, short story writer, elementary school volunteer, former Poet Laureate of Alaska, Tlingit language and traditions specialist expert

Helen Fogwill Porter (08 may 1930 – St. John’s, Newfoundland) poet, author, novelist, playwright, short fiction writer, women’s rights activist, creative writing teacher, arts / poetry activities volunteer, founding member of Canada’s Newfoundland Status of Women Council

Sandy Haas (08 may 1946 – Orange CA) attorney, innkeeper, Vermont State legislator, Progressive political leader

Francesca Rochberg Halton (08 may 1952 – Philadelphia PA) author, novelist, Assyriologist, Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Elizabeth Becker [Beth] Henley (08 may 1952 – Jackson MS) actress, playwright, screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize for Drama laureate

Pamela [Pam] Arciero (08 may 1954 – Honolulu HI) puppeteer, voice-over artist

Kimberly Marshall (08 may 1959 – Winston-Salem NC) author, organist, essayist, translator, organ scholar, professor of music

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Women.Born.Alive | 05.07

07 may 1818 Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins.jpg
Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins (07 may 1818 – 09 mar 1890 | Jefferson County WV – Washington DC) US Civil War Confederate nurse, aka Florence Nightingale of the South | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
07 may 1823 Harriet Starr Cannon
Harriet Starr Cannon (07 may 1823 – 29 mar 1896 | Charleston SC – Peekskill NY) religious, school founder, children’s advocate, spiritual leader / organizer, founded Episcopalian Sisterhood of St Mary | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

 

07 may 1826 Varina Banks Howell Davis
Varina Banks Howell Davis (07 may 1826 – 16 oct 1906 | Natchez MS – New York NY) writer, memoirist, columnist, Confederate States First Lady, post-war reconciliation activist | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

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Euphemia Vale Blake (07 may 1824 – 21 oct 1904 | Hastings UK – Brooklyn NY) critic, author, journalist, British-born American

Margaret Elizabeth [Lizzie] Crozier French (07 may 1851 – 14 may 1926 | Knoxville TN – Washington DC) educator, suffragist, social reform activist

Mary [Maize] Gamble Rogers (07 may 1882 – 1920 | Pittsburgh PA – New York NY) artist, oil painter, arts advocate, watercolorist, focus on still-lifes, miniatures, and landscapes, co-founder / director of Society of Independent Artists

Mildred Valley Thornton (07 may 1890 – 27 jul 1967 | Rutherford, Ontario – Vancouver, British Columbia) portrait / landscape painter

Serafina di Leo (07 may 1912 – 23 oct 2007 | New York NY – West Sussex UK) operatic soprano

Elizabeth Lindley Post (07 may 1920 – 24 apr 2010 | Edgewood NJ – Naples FL) etiquette editor / author / columnist

Gloria Heath (07 may 1922 – 16 dec 2017 | New York NY – Greenwich CT) pilot, WWII WASP, flight safety pioneer, founding member Flight Safety Foundation, former head of International Academy of Astronautics

Anne Pitts Carter (07 may 1925 – New York NY) author, economist, professor, research fellow, member of Harvard Economic Research Project (HERP)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (07 may 1927 – 03 apr 2013 | Cologne, Germany – New York NY) novelist, screenwriter, short story writer

Nonny Hogrogian (07 may 1932 – New York NY) Armenian-American children’s book author / illustrator

Kim Chernin (07 may 1940 – Bronx NY) poet, feminist, memoirist, pastoral counselor, fiction / nonfiction writer

Marion [Mimi] Alford (07 may 1943 – Red Bank NJ) memoirist, political figure, autobiographical author, aka Marion Beardsley Alford, Marion Fahnestock

Wendy Rose (07 may 1948 – Oakland CA) poet, artist, Hopi / Miwok, social scientist, anthropologist, aka Chiron Khanshendel, born Bronwen Elizabeth Edwards

Deborah Kay Butterfield (07 may 1949 – San Diego CA) sculptor / found object artist

Janina Fialkowska (07 may 1951 – Montreal, Quebec) classical pianist

Amy Heckerling (07 may 1954 – Bronx NY) film writer / director / producer

Leda Cosmides (07 may 1957 – Philadelphia PA) author, psychologist

Kristina M. Johnson (07 may 1957 – St. Louis MO) academic, engineer, business executive, former government official, women’s STEM leadership / education advocate, Chancellor of SUNY, founded Enduring Hydro energy firm

Tamara [Tammy] Jernigan (07 may 1959 – Chattanooga TN) scientist, former NASA astronaut, veteran of five shuttle missions

Linda Maguire (07 may 1959 – Newport News VA) music / sensory therapies researcher, opera / classical singer / recording artist

Women.Born.Alive | 05.06

06 may 1823 Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard (06 may 1823 – 01 aug 1902 | Mattapoisett MA – Manhattan NY) poet, novelist | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
06 may 1829 Phebe Coffin Hanaford
Phebe Coffin Hanaford (06 may 1829 – 02 jun 1921 | Siasconset MA – Rochester NY) poet, author, minister, suffragist, Universalist | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
06 may 1830 Estelle Skidmore Doremus
Estelle Skidmore Doremus (06 may 1830 – 21 may 1905 | New York NY – Brooklyn NY) patron of arts, DAR regent / charter member, leading member of Americans in Paris during Second French Empire | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

Mary Clemmer Ames (06 may 1831 – 18 aug 1884 | Utica NY – Washington DC) poet, author, journalist

Annetta Seabury Dresser (06 may 1844 – 10 may 1893 | Boston MA – Boston MA) pioneering New Thought practitioner

Laura Joyce Bell (06 may 1854 – 30 may 1904 | London UK – New York NY) actress, light opera contralto singer

Anna Head (06 may 1857 – 25 dec 1932 | Boston MA – Oakland CA) pioneering educator, founder / director school for girls

Esther Leonora [Nora] Clench Streeton (06 may 1867 – 17 may 1938 | St Mary’s, Canada West – Toorak, Australia) child prodigy, Canadian violinist

Ann[a] Haven Morgan (06 may 1882 –05 jun 1966 | Waterford CT – South Hadley MA) author, ecologist, zoologist

Anna Wescott [Nancy] Hale (06 may 1908 – 24 sep 1988 | Boston MA – Charlottesville VA) novelist, memoirist, playwright, short fiction writer, co-founded Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Lillian Craig Harris (06 may 1913 – 15 apr 1998 | US – US) author, Army officer, original WACs member / executive officer

Henrietta Boggs (06 may 1918 – Spartanburg SC) author, activist, memoirist, journalist, former First Lady of Costa Rica

Marguerite Clair Lucille Luft Piazza (06 may 1920 – 02 aug 2012 | New Orleans LA – Memphis TN) operatic soprano, entertainer, philanthropist

Patricia Kennedy Lawford (06 may 1924 – 17 sep 2006 | Brookline MA – Manhattan NY) author, socialite, political figure, addictions activist, National Committee of Literary Arts founder

Eva Mae Fleming Scott (06 may 1926 – Amelia County VA) pharmacist, politician, businesswoman

Mary Ellen Avery (06 may 1927 – 04 dec 2011 | Camden NJ – West Orange NJ) author, pioneering pediatrician, infants’ disease researcher

Dagmar Renate Kirchner Henney (06 may 1931 – Berlin, Germany) mathematician, German-born American, former professor of calculus, finite mathematics, measure and integration

Nancy Randall Clark (06 may 1938 – 28 dec 2015 | Freeport ME – Freeport ME) state politician, schoolteacher, civic / social activist

Gladys Nilsson (06 may 1940 – Chicago IL) painter, one of original Chicago Imagists

Carolyn Elizabeth Adams Garcia (06 may 1946 – Poughkeepsie NY) author, social  activist, pro-marijuana advocate, aka Mountain Girl, former Merry Prankster

Martha Craven Nussbaum (06 may 1947 – New York NY) author, ethicist, feminist, philosopher

Olga Broumas (06 may 1949 – Hermoupolis, Greek) Greek-American poet

MaryJane Butters (06 may 1953 – Utah US) author, organic farmer, environmental activist, entrepreneur, MaryJanesFarm magazine founding editor, grassroots self-sufficiency movement leader

Alile Sharon Larkin (06 may 1953 – Chicago IL) L. A. Rebellion member, film writer / producer / director, co-founded Black Filmmakers Collective

Lynn Butler-Smith Whitfield (06 may 1953 – Baton Rouge LA) actress, producer

Barbara McClintock (06 may 1955 – Flemington NJ) children’s book author / illustrator

Dorothy Morrison (06 may 1955 – US) author, teacher, High Priestess, founded Coven of the Crystal Garden, focus on magic / Wicca  / Neo-Paganism

Lori Hope Lefkowitz (06 may 1956 – US) author, essayist, co-editor, professor of Jewish Studies, founding director of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women and Gender Studies

Phyllis Treigle (06 may 1960 – New Orleans LA) operatic soprano

Women.Born.Alive | 05.05

05 may 1751 Judith Sargent Murray
Judith Sargent Murray (05 may 1751 – 09 jun 1820 | Gloucester MA – Natchez MS) poet, essayist, feminist, playwright, letter writer, pioneering women’s rights advocate | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
05 may 1853 Ella Sterling Mighels
Ella Sterling Mighels (05 may 1853 – 10 dec 1934 | Mormon Island CA – San Francisco CA) author, California pioneer, literary historian, pen name: Aurora Esmerelda | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
05 may 1861 Mary Virginia McCormick
Mary Virginia McCormick (05 may 1861 – 24 may 1941 | Chicago IL – Pacific Palisades CA) heiress, traveler, millionaire recluse, declared mentally incompetent at age 19, daughter of industrialist Cyrus McCormick | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (05 may 1864 – 27 jan 1922 | Cochran’s Mills PA – New York NY) inventor, novelist, industrialist, charity worker, pen name Nellie Bly, pioneering investigative journalist

Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler (05 may 1883 – 26 mar 1966 | Hawarden IA – Bryn Mawr PA) professor, mathematician, focus on linear algebra of infinite dimension

Helen Redfield (05 may 1900 – 1988 | Archbold OH – US) essayist, geneticist, zoologist

Dorothy Louise Taliaferro [Del] Martin (05 may 1921 – 27 aug 2008 | San Francisco CA – San Francisco CA) lesbian activist, co-founded Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), associate member of Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP)

Cathleen Synge Morawetz (05 may 1923 – 08 aug 2017 | Toronto, Ontario – New York NY) essayist, mathematician, Canadian-American, professor emerita / former director of NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Elizabeth [Betty] Anne McMahan (05 may 1924 – Pino NC) author, cartoonist, professor, entomologist, psychologist, world traveler, children’s book writer

Mary Randlett (05 may 1924 – Seattle WA) photographer, focus on nature, public art,  architecture, Northwest writers,  Northwest School artists

Olga Isabel Viscal Garriga (05 may 1929 – ?? jun 1995) Brooklyn NY – San Juan, Puerto Rico) public orator, political activist, Puerto Rican independence advocate, student leader for Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Ri Piedras branch

Norma Hason Nahmias Yaeger (05 may 1930 – Brooklyn NY) author, activist, stockbroker, entrepreneur

Arlene Louise Croce (05 may 1934 – Providence RI) author, essayist, film critic, founded Ballet Review magazine, former dance critic for New Yorker magazine

Joe Anna Hibler (05 may 1939 – Shattick OK) educator, business teacher, academic administrator, civic / social activist, board chair for Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, former president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, first woman in 55 years named college president in Oklahoma State

Diane Edmund Griffin (05 may 1940 – US) microbial biology researcher, distinguished professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Marsha M. Linehan (05 may 1943 – Tulsa OK) author, professor, psychologist, created DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), research focus borderline personality disorder

Margret Mona Kopala (05 may 1945 – Glendon, Alberta) author, essayist, social activist, public policy analyst, documentary movie producer

Susan Schmidt Bies (05 may 1947 – Buffalo NY) banker, economist, former board member of US Federal Reserve System

Linda Fairstein (05 may 1947 – Mount Vernon NY) crime novelist, former prosecutor of crimes against women and children, former head of  sex crimes unit at Manhattan District Attorney’s office

Katherine Freund (05 may 1950 – Long Island NY) essayist, social activist, alternative senior transportation advocate, founding president of Independent Transportation Network (ITN)

Bunita Marcus (05 may 1952 – Madison WI) composer, lecturer, music coach, music writer, focus on partner / collaborator Martin Feldman’s music

Mary Anita Thigpen Perry (05 may 1952 – Haskell TX) nurse, health care advocate, political family member, namesake for two nursing endowments, longest-serving First Lady of Texas (2000-2015)

Deborah Wiles (05 may 1953 – Mobile AL) children’s book author, documentary novelist

Judith S. Beck (05 may 1954 – US) author, psychologist, research studies consultant, president of Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, distinguished founding fellow / past president of Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Ella Mae Lentz (05 may 1954 – Berkeley CA) poet, author, teacher, deaf advocate, American Sign Language (ASL) researcher, training / educational material developer

Lisa Jane Persky (05 may 1955 – Atlanta GA) artist, author, actress, journalist, photographer, photojournalist

JoAnn Berman (05 may 1957 – New York NY) fashion and furniture designer, focus on up-cycled reconstructive clothing, aka Queen of Reconstruction

Kaye Gibbons (05 may 1960 – Nash County NC) novelist, suffers bipolar disorder

Women.Born.Alive | 05.04

04 may 1823 Mary Elizabeth Surratt
Mary Elizabeth Surratt (04 may 1823 – 07 jul 1865 | Waterloo MD – Washington DC) boarding house owner / operator, historical / political folk figure, tried as Lincoln assassination co-conspirator, first American female sentenced by US goverment to execution by hanging | | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
04 may 1852 Julia Britton Hooks
Julia Britton Hooks (04 may 1852 – 10 mar 1942 | Frankfort KY – Memphis TN) pianist, social worker, civil rights leader, juvenile court officer, second female African-American college graduate, founded Julia Hooks Cottage School and Julia Hooks School of Music | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
04 may 1896 Mary Ellis Peltz
Mary Ellis Peltz (04 may 1896 – 24 oct 1981 | New York NY – New York NY) poet, editor, author, music / drama critic, founding editor Opera News magazine  | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

Joy Bright Hancock (04 may 1898 – 20 aug 1986 | Wildwood NJ – Bethesda MD) pilot, WAVES activist, early female Naval officer, autobiographical author

Mary Agnes Hallaren (04 may 1907 – 13 feb 2005 | Lowell MA – McLean VA) women’s activist, first official female Army officer, Women’s Army Corps (WACs) director, US Department of Labor Women in Community Service director

Bernice Goetz (04 may 1909 – 30 dec 1958 | Cleveland OH – Brooklyn NY) poet, author, teacher, lecturer, explorer

Rose Laub Coser (04 may 1916 – 21 aug 1994 | Berlin, Germany – Wellfleet MA) author, educator, sociologist, social justice activist

Jane Butzner Jacobs (04 may 1916 – 25 apr 2006 | Scranton PA – Toronto, Ontario) author, activist, journalist

Heloise Bowles Cruse (04 may 1919 – 28 dec 1977 | Fort Worth TX – San Antonio TX) Hints from Heloise author / originator / columnist

Eugenie Clark (04 may 1922 –  25 feb 2015 | New York NY – Sarasota FL) author, ichthyologist, aka The Shark Lady

Kay Rose (04 may 1922 – 11 dec 2002 | New York NY – Burbank CA) sound editor, first female sound editor Oscar winner

Audrey Hepburn (04 may 1929 – 20 jan 1993 | Brussels, Belgium – Vaud, Switzerland) actress, ballerina, humanitarian, film / fashion icon, social / children’s activist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Doris Leader Charge (04 may 1930 – 20 feb 2001 | Rosebud SD – Mission SD) Lakota linguist, educator, actress

Roberta [Peterman] Peters (04 may 1930 – 18 jan 2017 | Bronx NY – Rye NY) operatic coloratura soprano, recitalist

Shirley Mathis McBay (04 may 1935 – Bainbridge GA) former MIT Dean for Student Affairs, founder / former president of QEM (Quality Education for Minorities Network), first African-American female PhD. in Mathematics University of Georgia

Eleanor Coppola (04 may 1936 – Los Angeles CA) artist, writer, documentary filmmaker

Helene Antionia Winter von Damm (04 may 1938 – Ulmerfeld, Austria) US diplomat, memoirist, political figure, former US ambassador

Nancy Woloch (04 may 1940 – New York NY) author, historian, professor, focus on women’s history and history of education

Ellen S. Hurwitz (04 may 1942 – US) author, historian, college president

Rosemary Aubert (04 may 1946 – Niagara Falls NY) poet, critic, author, crime novelist, Canadian-American

Melissa Meyer (04 may 1946 – The Bronx NY) painter, watercolorist, printmaker

Nancy Flourny (04 may 1947 – Long Beach CA) essayist, professor, statistician, statistical researcher

Theda Skocpol (04 may 1947 – Detroit MI) author, sociologist, political scientist

Jeanne Frances Loring (04 may 1950 – Tucson AZ) author, lecturer, essayist, geneticist, stem cell biologist, developmental neurobiologist, patient education advocate

Jane Anne Gallop (04 may 1952 – Duluth MN) author, editor, essayist, professor, memoirist, biographer

Kim Edwards (04 may 1958 – Killeen TX) novelist, educator

Dolores [Dori]  Judith Maynard (04 may 1958 – 24 feb 2015 | Manhattan NY – Oakland CA) author, journalist, activist / educator, president of Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Mari-Alice Randall (04 may 1959 – Detroit MI) author, educator, songwriter, screenwriter

Jill Bolte Taylor (04 may 1959 – Louisville KY) author, neuroanatomist, inspirational public speaker

Women.Born.Alive | 05.03

03 may 1825 Laura Matilda Towne
Laura Matilda Towne (03 may 1825 – 22 feb 1901 | Pittsburgh PA – St Helena Island SC ) educator, abolitionist, first freedmen’s school founder | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
03 may 1839 Anna Etheridge Hooks
Anne Etheridge Hooks (03 may 1839 – 23 jan 1913 | Detroit MI – Georgetown VA) aka Gentle Annie, Civil War Union nurse / vivandiere, one of two women to receive Kearny Cross | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
03 may 1866 George Madden Martin
George Madden Martin (03 may 1866 – 30 nov 1946 | Louisville KY – Louisville KY) novelist, social reform / civil rights / prohibition activist, Commission on Interracial Co-operation charter member, Association of Southern Women for Prevention of Lynching leader / advocate | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

Angel De Cora (03 may 1871 – 06 feb 1919 | Thurston NE – Northampton MA) Winnebago teacher, painter, illustrator, Native American rights activist

Maud O’Farrell Swartz (03 may 1879 – 22 feb 1937 | County Kildare, Ireland – Brooklyn NY) labor activist

Carrie Marcus Neiman (03 may 1883 – 06 mar 1953 Louisville KY – Dallas TX) businesswoman, fashion promoter, co-founder / board chair

Phyllis Greenacre (03 may 1894 – 24 oct 1989 | Chicago IL – Ossining NY) author, psychoanalyst, gifted infant researcher

Septima Poinsette Clark (03 may 1898 – 15 dec 1987 | Charleston SC – St Johns Island SC) educator, civil rights activist, autobiographical author

Dorr Hodgson Bothwell (03 may 1902 – 24 sep 2000 | San Francisco CA – Fort Bragg CA) painter, printmaker

Mary Astor (03 may 1906 – 25 sep 1987 | Quincy IL – Woodland Hills CA) actress, novelist, autobiographical author

Anna Roosevelt Dall Boettiger Halsted (03 may 1906 – 01 dec 1975 | New York NY – Bronx NY) writer, children’s book author, public relations consultant, US Presidential family member, newspaper owner / editor / publisher, women’s rights / human rights activist

Helen Margaret Duncan (03 may 1920 – 14 aug 1971 | Medford OR – Virginia City MT) author, geologist, paleontologist, pioneering geology scholar, focus on fossil records and stratigraphy

May Sarton (03 may 1912 – 16 jul 1995 | Wondelgem, Belgium – York ME) poet, novelist, essayist, memoirist, journalist

Betty Cohen Comden (03 may 1917 – 23 nov 2006 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) lyricist, librettist, screenwriter

Traute Lafrenz (03 may 1919 – Hamburg, Germany) physician, anthroposophist, former member WWII White Rose anti-Nazi group

Jane Scott (03 may 1919 – 4 jul 2011 | Cleveland OH – Cleveland OH) rock music critic / columnist

Deborah Shainman Szekely (03 may 1920 –  Brooklyn NY) writer, activist, philanthropist

Hendrika Bestebreurtje Cantwell (03 may 1925 – Berlin, Germany) author, essayist, retired physician, parenting educator, professor emerita of pediatrics, advocate for abused / neglected children

Helen Armstrong Schreider (03 may 1926 – Coalinga CA) artist, author, essayist, painter, explorer

Nancy LeMay (03 may 1936 – US) civic activist, philanthropist, car enthusiast / collector, founded LeMay Family Collection Foundation

Carol Smallwood (03 may 1939 – Cheboygan MI) poet, novelist, librarian, creative nonfiction author

Mavis Jukes (03 may 1947 – Nyack NY) fiction / non-fiction children’s / young adult writer

Miriam Ben-Shalom (03 may 1948 – Waukesha WI) activist, educator, creative writer, first openly gay / lesbian reinstated after military discharge

Amy Marie Madigan (03 may 1950 – Chicago IL) singer, actress, producer

Maxine Trottier (03 may 1950 – Grosse Pointe Farms MI) writer, educator, American-born Canadian, children’s / young adult book author

Patrice M. Regnier (03 may 1953 – Minneapolis MN) inventor, director, producer, choreographer

Regina [Gina] McCarthy (03 may 1954 – Brighton MA) professor, politician, US EPA administrator, air quality / environmental health expert

Jennifer Luce (03 may 1960 – Montreal, Canada) designer, architect, site-specific artist, principal/ founder Luce et Studio Architects

Women.Born.Alive | 05.02

02 may 1839 Rhoda Lavinia [Vinnie] Goodell
Rhoda Lavinia [Vinnie] Goodell (02 may 1839 – 31 mar 1880 | Utica NY – Janesville WI) first licensed female lawyer in Wisconsin State | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
02 may 1849 Katharine Putnam Hooker
Katharine Putnam Hooker (02 may 1849 – 07 jan 1935 | Milwaukee WI – Santa Barbara CA) socialite, philanthropist, travel writer | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne
02 may 1860 Margaret Hill McCarter.jpg
Margaret Hill McCarter (02 may 1860 – 31 aug 1938 | Carthage IN – Topeka KS) teacher, novelist, founded Western Sorosis women’s club | women.born.alive © susan.powers.bourne

Hallie Erminie Rives (02 may 1874 – 16 aug 1956 | Hopkinsville KY – New York NY) novelist

Isabel González (02 may 1882 – 11 jun 1971 | San Juan, Puerto Rico – New Jersey US) pioneering Puerto Rican immigration activist / leader

Nannie Helen Burroughs (02 may 1883 – 20 may 1961 | Orange VA – Washington DC) orator, activist, educator, religious leader

Hedda Hopper (02 may 1890 – 01 feb 1966 | Hollidaysburg PA – Hollywood CA) actress, journalist, gossip columnist

Margaret Leech (02 may 1893 – 24 feb 1974 | Newburgh NY – New York NY) author, historian

Helen Richardson Dreiser (02 may 1894 – 22 sep 1955 | Pennsylvania – Glendale CA) author, memoirist

Margaret Frances [Peggy] Bacon (02 may 1895 – 04 jan 1987 | Ridgefield CT – Kennebunk ME) writer, painter, printmaker, illustrator

Charlotte Armstrong (02 may 1905 – 18 jul 1969 | Vulcan MI – Glendale CA) novelist, screenwriter, fashion reporter

Mildred Walker (02 may 1905 – 27 may 1998 | Philadelphia PA – Portland OR) novelist, creative-writing professor

Florence Kopleff (02 may 1924 – 24 jul 2012 | New York NY – Atlanta GA) classical contralto, voice teacher / professor, first artist-in-residence Georgia State University

Joanna Rogers Macy (02 may 1929 – Berkeley CA) author, Buddhist scholar, environmental activist, focus on deep ecology and general systems theory

Ruth Fainlight (02 may 1931 – New York NY)  poet, short story writer, translator, librettist

Martha Grimes (02 may 1931 – Pittsburgh PA) detective fiction novelist

Evangeline Montgomery (02 may 1933 – New York NY) artist, curator, lithographer, printmaker, metalwork artist, progressive activist

Susan Shreve (02 may 1939 – Toledo OH) editor, novelist, memoirist

Jan Showers (02 may 1942 – Hillsboro TX) author, interior designer, antiques dealer

June Millington (02 may 1948 – Manila, Philippines) guitarist, songwriter, producer, instructor, former all-female rock band founder, Institute for Musical Arts (IMA) co-founder / artistic director, musical video / documentary co-director

Florence Donald Shapiro (02 may 1948 – New York NY) teacher, politician, children / women’s activist, pr / ad / special events agency owner

Anne Kristine Stuart (02 may 1948 – Philadelphia PA) romance novelist, Romance Writers of America‘s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (02 may 1950 – 12 apr 2009 | Dayton OH – New York NY) poet, critic, author, academic, queer / gender / critical studies scholar

Nancy J. Duff (02 may 1951 – US) author, Presbyterian minister, professor of theology

Christine Jane Baranski (02 may 1952 – Buffalo NY) singer, actress, producer

Kim Jones (02 may 1958 – Sonoma CA) author, marathoner, road runner, distance running coach

Penny Sue Pritzker (02 may 1959 – Chicago IL) civic leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist, business executive, US Secretary of CommerceCanadian MP, businesswoman, charitable foundation founder / leader