Women.Born.Restored | 12.15

15 dec 1845 Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
Anne Hollingsworth Wharton (15 dec 1845 – 29 jul 1928 | Southampton Furnace PA – Philadelphia PA) author, essayist, genealogist, US Colonial / Revolutionary historian | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
15 dec 1860 Vita Dutton Scudder
Vida Dutton Scudder (15 dec 1861 – 09 oct 1954 | Madurai, India – Wellesley MA) author, essayist, lecturer, professor, memoirist, autobiographer, social gospel movement / welfare activist | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
15 dec 1869 Myra Albert Wiggins
Myra Albert Wiggins (15 dec 1869 – 13 jan 1956 | Salem OR – Seattle WA) author, painter, pictorial photographer, Photo-Secession member | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Eslanda [Essie] Cardozo Goode Robeson (15 dec 1896 – 13 dec 1965 | Washington DC – New York NY) African-American actor, author, activist, anthropologist

Elizabeth [Betty] Whener Smith (15 dec 1896 – 17 jan 1972 | Brooklyn NY – Shelton CT) novelist, dramatist, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Irene Lentz (15 dec 1901 – 15 nov 1962 | Baker MT – Los Angeles CA) aka Irene, costume designer / director / supervisor

Eliza Atkins Gleason (15 dec 1909 – 15  dec 2009 | Winston-Salem NC – Chicago IL) author, librarian, educator, first African-American female PhD Library Science, first dean and founder of Atlanta U School of Library Science

Bernice Alexandra [Ray] Kaiser Eames (15 dec 1912 – 21 aug 1988 | Sacramento CA – Los Angeles CA) artist, designer, filmmaker, innovator in textiles, furniture, photography, architecture, manufacturing, and industrial design

Muriel Rukeyser (15 dec 1913 – 12 feb 1980 | New York NY – New York NY) Jewish-American poet, political activist

Bernice [Bee] Falk Haydu (15 dec 1920 – Montclair NJ) aviator, memoirist, oral historian, women’s advocate, WWII Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), independent documentary filmmaker

Jacqueline Malino Wilentz (15 dec 1927 – 29 mar 1989 | New York NY – New York NY) artist, art historian, philanthropist

Minnie Lou Ottinger Bradley (15 dec 1931 – Hinton OK) teacher, Texas ranch matriarch, women’s trailblazer in livestock breeding and ranch management, first woman to win International Livestock Judging contest, first / only female president of American Angus Association

Gertrude [Ann] Breault (15 dec 1938 – Moncton, New Brunswick) Canadian teacher, physician, journalist, philanthropist, former politician

Asha Seth (15 dec 1939 – Lucknow, India) Indian-Canadian author, physician, politician, philanthropist

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (15 dec 1942 – New Iberia LA) author, teacher, politician, public servant, first female Governor of Louisiana [during Hurricane Katrina]

Heather Booth (15 dec 1945 – Brookhaven MS) feminist, civil rights activist, community organizer, progressive political strategist

Marie Harriet Brenner (15 dec 1949 – San Antonio TX) author, memoirist, investigative journalist, magazine writer-at-large

Melanie Chartoff (15 dec 1950 – New Haven CT) actress, voice artist, inventor, co-invented Grayway Rotating Drain (domestic-use graywater recycling device)

Vicki Fujii Matsumori (15 dec 1950 – Murray UT) journalist, LDS Church leader

Lorian Hemingway (15 dec 1951 – Los Angeles CA) essayist, short story writer, fiction / non-fiction author

Julie Taymor (15 dec 1952 – Newton MA) author, costume designer, film / stage / opera director

Debora Kuller Shuger (15 dec 1953 – New York NY) author, scholar, literary historian

Ava Clayton Spencer (15 dec 1954 – Concord NC) attorney, policymaker, academic administrator, second female president of Bates College in Maine

Sara Driver (15 dec 1955 – Westfield NJ) independent filmmaker, coined term necro-tourism after increase in NYC tourism to Ground Zero of Twin Towers

Laura Molina (15 dec 1957 – Los Angeles CA) Mexican-American artist, actress, musician

Marsha Lane Hatley Farney (15 dec 1958 – Dallas TX) civic activist, state politician, former realtor, teacher, professor, school counselor

Donna Lease Brazile (15 dec 1959 – Kenner LA) author, academic, memoirist, cookbook author, political analyst / commentator

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Women.Born.Restored | 12.14

14 dec 1851 Mary Tappan Wright
Mary Tappan Wright (14 dec 1851 – 25 aug 1916 | Steubenville OH – Cambridge MA) novelist, short story writer | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

 

14 dec 1882 Lavinia Norman
Lavinia Norman (14 dec 1882 – 22 jan 1983 | Montgomery WV – Washington DC) lifelong educator, French / English / Latin teacher, original founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority / first sorority founded by African-American women at Howard University | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
14 dec 1882 Helen Steketee
Helen Steketee (14 dec 1882 – 23 aug 1974 | Grand Rapids MI – Grand Rapids MI) artist, still-life painter | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Jane Bailey Cowl (14 dec 1883 – 22 jun 1950 | Boston MA – Santa Monica CA) playwright, stage / film actress, WWII co-director of NYC Stage Door Canteen

Ethel Browne Harvey (14 dec 1885 – 02 sep 1965 | Baltimore MD – Falmouth MA) author, zoologist, embryologist, women’s educational rights activist / advocate

Marguerite Bertsch (14 dec 1889 – 1967 | New York NY – unknown) author, film director, playwright, screenwriter

Katherine Agnew MacDonald (14 dec 1891 – 04 jun 1956 | Pittsburgh PA – Santa Barbara CA) actress, film producer, cosmetics entrepreneur

Laura Houghtaling Ingalls (14 dec 1893 – 10 jan 1967 | Brooklyn NY – Burbank CA) pilot, aviator, Nazi sympathizer, convicted as WWII spy for Germany, first American woman to fly Andes solo / first solo flight by woman from North to South America / first solo flight around South America by man or woman / first complete flight by land plane around South America by man or woman [Please note this editor’s aversion to Ingalls’ Nazi sympathies; but, due to her many firsts as a woman and aviator, she is noted here.]

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith (14 dec 1897 – 29 may 1995 | Skowhegan ME – Skowhegan ME) author, politician, professor

Helen Blair Bartlett (14 dec 1901 – 25 aug 1969 | Sharpsville PA – Southern Pines NC) geologist, spark plug insulator material inventor / innovator

Virginia Keys Jones Coffey (14 dec 1904 – 26 dec 2003 | Wheeling WV – Cincinnati OH) educator, social reformer, civil rights activist, member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP], national / international organizational leader / adviser / consultant

Marya Mannes (14 dec 1904 – 13 sep 1990 | New York NY – San Francisco CA) author, novelist, literary critic, pen name: Sec

Rosalyn Tureck (14 dec 1914 – 17 jul 2003 | Chicago IL – New  York NY) pianist, composer, conductor, harpsichordist, International Bach Society founder

Shirley Hardie Jackson (14 dec 1916 – 08 aug 1965 | San Francisco CA – North Bennington VT) author, mystery / horror novelist

Elyse Knox (14 dec 1917 – 15 feb 2012 | Hartford CT – Los Angeles CA) model, actress, fashion designer, née Elsie Lillian Kornbrath

June Taylor (14 dec 1917 – 16 may 2004 | Chicago IL – Miami FL) dancer, choreographer, founded June Taylor Dancers

Margery Stewart Johnson (14 dec 1919 – 26 apr 2012 | Wabash IN – Studio City CA) model, actress, aka Uncle Sam’s Poster Girl, WWII US Army poster model

Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein (14 dec 1921 – 07 nov 2013 | New York NY – Laguna Beach CA) artist, author, designer, printmaker, art historian, pioneer women-in-art-history professor

Ann Wood Waldron (14 dec 1924 – 02 jul 2010 | Birmingham AL – Princeton NJ) biographer, child / young adult novelist, murder mystery writer

Karan Armstrong (14 dec 1941 – Havre MT) operatic soprano, singing-actress

Rachel Blau DePlessis (14 dec 1941 – Brooklyn NY) poet, essayist, professor emerita, feminist critic, scholar with special focus on modernist / contemporary poetry

Ellen Jane Willis (14 dec 1941 – 09 nov 2006 | New York NY – Queens NY) activist, journalist, radical feminist, political essayist, pop music critic

Lin Farley (14 dec 1942 – US) author, feminist, journalist, coined term ‘sexual harassment’, expert on issue of workplace sexual harassment

Susan Westerberg Prager (14 dec 1942 – Sacramento CA) legal scholar, law school dean, family / community property / historic preservation law specialist

Linda Laughlin McIntosh (14 dec 1943 – Montreal, Quebec) artist, author, teacher, illustrator, politician, tv commentator, educational inclusion advocate

Andrea Elizabeth Gerson Michaels (14 dec 1943 – Rab, Croatia) US author, speaker, meeting and event producer, Extraordinary Events CEO / founder

Catherine Elizabeth Snow (14 dec 1945 – Toledo OH) author, applied linguist, educational psychologist

Anna Marie [Patty] Duke (14 dec 1946 – 29 mar 2016 | Elmhurst NY – Coeur d’Alene ID) tv / stage / film actress, mental health advocate, autobiographical author, nuclear disarmament activist

Valerie Bobbett Gardner (14 dec 1947 – Boston MA) author, violinist, pedagogue

Marilyn Jager Adams (14 dec 1948 – US) author, professor, cognitive / developmental psychologist, cognition and education specialist

Amy Hempel (14 dec 1951 – Chicago IL) journalist, short story writer, creative writing professor

Susan Meehan [S. M.] Smoller (14 dec 1952 – US) author, aka Sudi, librarian, biographer

Dee-Deborah [Rachel] Martin (14 dec 1954 – Austin TX) writer, painter, musician, printmaker, draftswoman, performance artist

Deidre Macnab (14 dec 1955 – New York NY) social / community activist, women’s / voting rights advocate, former president League of Women Voters of Florida

Jill Catherine Pipher (14 dec 1955 – Harrisburg PA) author, academic, mathematician, cryptography expert / researcher

Mary Beth Harrell (14 dec 1956 – New York NY) attorney, Assisi Animal Refuge chief operator, former television talk show host / producer

Alice Schroeder (14 dec 1956 – Texas US) author, columnist, former senior advisor / insurance analyst

Catherine Grace [Cady] Coleman (14 dec 1960 – Charleston SC) chemist, NASA astronaut, former US Air Force officer, two space shuttle missions veteran

Women.Born.Restored | 12.13

13 dec 1788 Sarah Bush Lincoln
Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln (13 dec 1788 – 12 apr 1869 | Elizabethtown KY – Coles County IL) mother, educational mentor, political family figure, Abraham Lincoln’s step-mother | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
13 dec 1818 Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln (13 dec 1818 – 16 jul 1882 | Lexington KY – Springfield IL) US Presidential First Lady, born 30 years to the day after Abraham Lincoln’s step-mother Sarah Bush Lincoln | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
13 dec 1840 Pauline Jacobus
Pauline Jacobus (13 dec 1840 – 1930 | Chicago IL – Dousman WI) potter, founded Pauline Pottery company, opened first art pottery in Chicago | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Emily Carr (13 dec 1871 – 02 mar 1945 | Victoria, British Columbia – Victoria, British Columbia) artist, author, Canadian cultural icon

Eleanor Robson Belmont (13 dec 1879 – 24 oct 1979 | Wigan, England – New York NY) English-American actress, patron of arts, philanthropist

Jane Edna Hunter (13 dec 1882 – 19 jan 1971 | Pendleton SC – Cleveland OH) African-American social worker, children / family advocate, autobiographical author

Belle da Costa Greene (13 dec 1883 – 10 may 1950 | Washington DC – New York NY) Bohemian, fashion figure, private librarian to J. P. Morgan

Annie Dale Biddle Andrews (13 dec 1885 – 14 apr 1940 | Hanford CA – Oakland CA) writer, professor, first woman to earn PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley

Rose A. Furlong (13 dec 1885 – ?? sep 1972 | Texas US – Kansas City MO) Daughter of the Choctaw Nation

Dorothy Graham Bennett (13 dec 1893 – 22 jun 1959 | New Rochelle NY – New York NY) author, essayist, geographer, magazine writer, short story writer, world traveler

Ella Josephine Baker (13 dec 1903 – 13 dec 1986 | Norfolk VA – New York NY) African-American civil / human rights activist / mentor

Hilda Chedomille Masden (13 dec 1910 – 01 may 1981 | Brussels, Belgium – Phillipsburg NJ) British-American artist, photographer, dog breeder

Lillian Rutstein Roth (13 dec 1910 – 12 may 1980 | Boston MA – New York NY) singer, actress, memoirist, autobiographical author

Louise Audino Tilly (13 dec 1930 – Orange NJ) author, editor, scholar, historian, interdisciplinary researcher

Harriet Anna Mayor Fulbright (13 dec 1933 – New York NY) author, teacher, world traveler, college board president, arts / humanities advocate

Lorna Ann Milne (13 dec 1934 – Toronto, Ontario) academic, former physics professor, former Canadian Senator, social / political /community activist

Antoinette Rodez Schiesler (13 dec 1934 – 08 apr 1996 | Chicago IL – Wilmington DE) chemist, academic, Catholic nun, Episcopal deaconess, African-American, born Carole Virginia Rodez

Margery Beddow (13 dec 1937 – 03 jan 2010 | Grosse Pointe MI – New York NY) dancer, actress, director, ballerina, choreographer

Lise Bissonnette (13 dec 1945 – Rouyn, Quebec) Canadian author, journalist

Kathleen Marie [Kathy] Garver (13 dec 1945 – Long Beach CA) producer, cookbook author, tv / film / stage / voice over actress

Marilyn Jean Buck (13 dec 1947 – 03 aug 2010 | Midland TX – Brooklyn NY) poet, author, convict, feminist, Marxist revolutionary

Roberta Ann [R. A.] MacAvoy (13 dec 1949 – Cleveland OH) science-fiction / fantasy author

Brenda Love (13 dec 1950 – United States) author, sexologist, international lecturer

Nancy Tellem (13 dec 1952 – Danville CA) media entertainment executive

Rina [Irena] Tannenbaum (13 dec 1953 – Israel) author, essayist, lecturer, researcher, materials scientist, chemical engineer, Israeli-American, professor of Chemical and Molecular Engineering at SUNY Stony Brook

Emma Bull (13 dec 1954 – Torrance CA) science-fiction / fantasy author

Tamora Pierce (13 dec 1954 – South Connellsville PA) young adult fantasy fiction author

Amy Elizabeth Stoch-Poynton (13 dec 1958 – Cleveland OH) actress, academic, PhD theatre history / theory / criticism

Women.Born.Restored | 12.12

12 dec 1826 Martha Jane Coston
Martha Jane Coston (12 dec 1826 – 09 jul 1904 | Baltimore MD – Philadelphia PA) businesswoman, patented first emergency marine flare, inventor / purveyor of Coston emergency marine flares| women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
12 dec 1835 Sarah Brown Ingersoll Cooper
Sarah Brown Ingersoll Cooper (12 dec 1835 – 11 dec 1896 | Cazenovia NY – San Francisco CA) editor, educator, suffragist, philanthropist, women’s rights activist, kindergarten advocate / founder, treasurer for General Federation of Women’s Clubs, founded Jackson Street Kindergarten Association [in 1879, later renamed Golden Gate Kindergarten Association] | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
12 dec 1839 Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls
Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls (12 dec 1839 – 20 apr 1924 | Brookfield WI – De Smet SD) aka Ma Ingalls, folk / literary / mother / pioneer figure | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Charlotte Frances Felt Wilder (12 dec 1839 – 03 dec 1916 | Templeton MA – Manhattan KS) author, novelist, civic leader, club woman, magazine writer, juvenile religious writer

Charlotte [Lottie] Digges Moon (12 dec 1840 – 24 dec 1912 | Albemarle County VA – Kobe Harbor, Japan) teacher, evangelist, missionary

Lillian Nordica (12 dec 1857 – 10 may 1914 | Farmington ME –  Jakarta, Indonesia) memoirist, operatic dramatic soprano

Clara Damrosch Mannes (12 dec 1869 – 16 mar 1948 | Breslau, Silesia – New York NY) German-American editor, musician, music teacher / school founder

Rose Emily [Lola] Ridge (12 dec 1873 – 19 may 1941 | Dublin, Ireland – Brooklyn NY) Irish-American editor, feminist, anarchist, avant-garde poet

Rachel Crothers (12 dec 1878 – 05 jul 1958 | Bloomington IL – Danbury CT) feminist, playwright, theatre director

Lillian Eugenia Smith (12 dec 1897 – 28 sep 1966 | Jasper FL – Atlanta GA) Southern US novelist, memoirist, social critic, civil rights activist

Ruth Kaiko Sato (12 dec 1904 – 09 dec 1992 | New York NY – San Diego CA) chorus dancer, gossip columnist, musician promoter, nightclub manager, aka first Japanese chorus girl on Broadway

Karen Morley (12 dec 1909 – 08 mar 2003 | Ottumwa IA – Woodland Hills CA) actress, political activist, blacklisted by House Un-American Activities [1947]

Margo Jones (12 dec 1911 – 24 jul 1955 | Livingston TX – Dallas TX) author, stage director / producer, US regional theatre movement innovator

Italia Pennino Coppola (12 dec 1912 – 21 jan 2004 | Brooklyn NY – Los Angeles CA) Italian-American actress, matriarch, cookbook author

Elizabeth [Betita] Martinez (12 dec 1925 – Washington DC) author, educator, Chicana feminist, community organizer, first Latina to graduate from Swarthmore College

Helen Frankenthaler (12 dec 1928 – 27 dec 2011 | New York NY – Darien CT) abstract expressionist painter / printmaker

Mary McGee (12 dec 1936 – Juneau AK) US motorsport racing pioneer, first woman to compete in motorcycle road racing and motocross events in the US

Carol Lowery Delaney (12 dec 1940 – New York NY) author, cultural anthropologist, gender and religion specialist

Frances Louise Willard (12 dec 1940 – US) mentalist, magician

E. Jean Carroll (12 dec 1943 – Detroit MI) journalist, advice columnist

Arleen Schloss (12 dec 1943 – Brooklyn NY) curator, director, art pioneer, sound poet, film / video artist,performance art pioneer

Ginjer Buchanan (12 dec 1944 – Pittsburgh PA) social worker, short fiction writer, sci-fi / fantasy book publisher editor-in-chief for Penguin Books

Lynn Theresa Garafola (12 dec 1946 – New York NY) critic, author, linguist, curator, academic, lecturer, educator, researcher, dance historian

Euvester Simpson (12 dec 1946 – Itta Bena MS) educator, voting / civil rights activist, member Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Paula Sue Kauffman Wagner (12 dec 1946 – Youngstown OH) film executive, film producer

Amy Ellen Richlin (12 dec 1951 – US) author, professor of classics, specialist areas include Latin literature /  history of sexuality /  feminist theory

Li Liu (12 dec 1953 – China) author, translator, archaeologist, Chinese-American, research focus on Neolithic / Bronze Age Chinese archaeology, professor of Chinese Archaeology

Su Friedrich (12 dec 1954 – New Haven CT) avant-garde filmmaker

Pat Marie Gagnon (12 dec 1955 – Orem UT) singer, actress, aka Patti Miner, entrepreneur, nonfiction author

Sheila Escovedo (12 dec 1957 – Oakland CA) singer, actress, memoirist, social activist, percussionist, aka Sheila E. and The Queen of Percussion

Brenda Marie Osbey (12 dec 1957 – New Orleans LA) poet

Katherine Connella (12 dec 1958 – Dallas TX) actress, screenwriter, autobiographical author

Elizabeth Maguire (12 dec 1958 – 08 apr 2006 | New York NY – New York NY) editor, novelist, publisher

Kris Zimmerman Salter (12 dec 1958 – Cleveland OH) voice / casting director

Sheree Julienne Wilson (12 dec 1958 -Rochester MN) model, actress, producer, businesswoman

Martha Southgate (12 dec 1960 – Cleveland OH) novelist, essayist

Women.Born.Restored | 12.11

11 dec 1773 Leonora Sansay
Leonora Sansay (11 dec 1773 – 12 nov 1821 | Philadelphia PA – Newent, England) novelist, painter, memoirist, political / literary figure, aka Mary Hassal, born Honora Davern, artificial flower-making business owner | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
11 dec 1813 Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier
Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier (11 dec 1813 – 26 apr 1888 | Plainfield NJ – New York NY) feminist, suffragist, physician, founded / directed New York Medical College and Hospital for Women, president of New York City Suffrage League and National Women’s Suffrage Association | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
11 dec 1862 Mary Belle King Sherman
Mary Belle King Sherman (11 dec 1862 – 15 jan 1935 | Albion NY – Denver CO) author, clubwoman, national park activist, aka The National Park Lady | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Annie Jump Cannon (11 dec 1863 – 13 apr 1941 | Dover DE – Cambridge MA) author, astronomer, pioneer cataloguer / developer of contemporary stellar classification

Louise Brown [Annie] Leslie (11 dec 1869 – 07 oct 1948 | Perry ME – Detroit MI) editor, journalist, women’s advice columnist, pen name: Nancy Brown, aka Dear Nancy

Ada Louise Comstock (11 dec 1876 – 12 dec 1973 | Moorehead MN – New Haven CT) author, scholar, women’s education pioneer, first dean of women at University of Minnesota, first full-time president of Radcliffe College

Helen Nessa Cohen (11 dec 1885 – 16 dec 1976 | New York NY – New York NY) sculptor, philanthropist

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (11 dec 1893 – 27 mar 1982 | Newark NJ – Tewksbury NJ) Nancy Drew juvenile mystery fiction author, pen name: Carolyn Keene

Marjorie Lyman Henderson Buell (11 dec 1904 – 30 may 1993 | Philadelphia PA – Elyria OH) cartoonist, pen name Marge, Little Lulu and Tubby creator / illustrator

Mildred Imoch Cleghorn (11 dec 1910 – 15 apr 1997 | Fort Sill OK – Apache OK) aka Eh-Ohn and Lay-a-Bet, Chiricahua Apache educator, traditional dollmaker, home extension agent, home economics teacher, first chairperson of Fort Sill Apache Tribe

Helen Kreis Wallenda (11 dec 1910 – 09 may 1996 | Germany – Sarasota FL) German-American, aerialist / circus performer, member of Flying Wallendas

Grace Goodside Paley (11 dec 1922 – 22 aug 2007 | Bronx NY – Thetford VT) poet, teacher, political activist, short story writer

Lillian Lenovitz Cahn (11 dec 1923 – 04 mar 2013 | Hungary – Manhattan NY) businesswoman, co-founded Coach company, created first line of Coach handbags, goat farmer / cheesemaker as retiree with husband after selling Coach company

Joan Elizabeth Manning (11 dec 1923 – Sidney, British Columbia) Canadian etcher, painter, teacher, watercolorist

Donna Mills (11 dec 1940 – Chicago IL) actress, television producer

Jacki Apple (11 dec 1941 – US) writer, director producer, audio composer, visual / performance / and media artist

Elizabeth Brackett (11 dec 1941 – 17 jun 2018 | Chicago IL – Chicago IL) author, journalist, television host / correspondent, world champion triathlete

Stephanie Braxton (11 dec 1944 – Boston MA) actress, playwright, television scriptwriter

Teri Ann Garr (11 dec 1944 – Lakewood OH) singer, dancer, actress, comedian, philanthropist, anti-nuclear activist, retired after diagnosis of multiple sclerosis

Ann Swidler (11 dec 1944 – US) author, cultural sociologist, professor of sociology

Pauline Gedge (11 dec 1945 – Auckland, New Zealand) Canadian historical fiction novelist, sci-fi / fantasy / horror author

Susan Eloise Spaeth Kyle (11 dec 1946 – Cuthbert GA) author, journalist, science fiction / romance novelist, pen names: Diana Palmer, Diana Blayne, Katy Currie, and Susan S. Kyle

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (11 dec 1948 – Cincinnati OH) romance novelist, pen name: Justine Cole, aka Queen of Romantic Comedy

Ida Lorentzen (11 dec 1951 – New York NY) Norwegian-American visual artist

Kathy Smith (11 dec 1951 – Arizona US) personal trainer, fitness / nutrition program presenter / videomaker

Carolyn Anne Wahlstrom Beug (11 dec 1952 – 11 sep 2011 | Los Angeles CA – New York NY) filmmaker, video producer, died on Flight 11 on 9/11

Jennifer Wootton Mascall (11 dec 1952 – Canada) modern dance teacher, performer, choreographer, EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music) cofounder

Susan Seidelman (11 dec 1952 – Philadelphia PA) writer, actress, director / producer

Mary Jo Heath (11 dec 1954 – Iowa City IA) radio music host

Sheree-Lee Olson (11 dec 1954 – Picton, Ontario) Canadian poet, novelist, journalist

Vicki Randle (11 dec 1954 – San Francisco CA) singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, first / only female member of The Tonight Show Band [starting 1992]

Lani Brockman (11 dec 1956 – Seattle WA) director, theatre actress, founder / artistic director of Studio East, co-founded Dementia Unlimited musical adaptation company

Stefi Baum (11 dec 1958 – Chicago IL) astronomer, helped develop Hubble telescope, director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Imaging Science, dean of science faculty / professor of physics and astronomy at University of Manitoba

Lisa Morton (11 dec 1958 – Pasadena CA) screenwriter, horror author

Charlotte Golar Richie (11 dec 1958 – Brooklyn NY) MA state politician, one of three Commissioners of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Leslie Esdaile [L. E.] Banks (11 dec 1959 – 02 aug 2011 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) African-American, women’s fiction / crime suspense / dark fantasy / horror / non-fiction multi-genre author

Mary [M.] Rickert (11 dec 1959 – Port Washington WI) fantasy fiction author

Siona Benjamin (11 dec 1960 – Bombay, India) Indian-American visual artist

Wendy Hilliard (11 dec 1960 – Detroit MI) gymnast, gymnastics teacher, Olympic sportscaster, Broadway performer,  founded Wendy Hilliard Gymnastic Foundation for urban youth in NYC / Detroit, first African-American President of Women’s Sports Foundation, first African-American US representative in international rhythmic gymnastics competition

Nea Anna Simone (11 dec 1960 – US) novelist

Women.Born.Restored | 12.10

10 dec 1812 Caroline Mehetabel Fisher Sawyer
Caroline Mehetable Fisher Sawyer (10 dec 1812 – 19 may 1894 | Newton MA – Somerville MA) poet, author, essayist, translator, social activist, short fiction writer, Universalist’s women’s and children’s societies advocate | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
10 dec 1829 Jane [Jeanie] McDowell Foster
Jane [Jeanie] McDowell Foster (10 dec 1829 – 17 jan 1903 | Pittsburgh PA – Pittsburgh PA) diarist, wife of songwriter Stephen Foster, aka Jane Denny McDowell Wiley, inspiration for song “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
10 dec 1830 Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson (10 dec 1830 – 15 may 1886 | Amherst MA – Amherst MA) poet, baker | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Mary Louisa Parmalee Peebles (10 dec 1833 – 25 apr 1915 | Lansingburgh NY – Lansingburgh NY) children’s author, pen name: Lynde Palmer

Anna Henrietta Mebus Martin (10 dec 1843 – 10 jul 1925 | Germany – Mason County TX) German-American, seamstress, entrepreneur, textile trader, Texas rancher, bank owner / founder

Amanda Belle [Anna] Brewster Morgan (10 dec 1844 – 11 jul 1902 | Atlantic City NJ – Topeka KS) folk figure, captured in Cheyenne raid, rescued after 6 months captivity

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (10 dec 1850 – 05 aug 1936 | Honesdale PA – Bayside NY) etcher, painter, designer, illustrator, commercial artist

Mary Ellen Bamford (10 dec 1857 – 21 may 1946 | Healdsburg CA – Oakland CA) novelist

Alice MacGowan (10 dec 1858 – 10 mar 1947 | Perrysburg OH – Los Gatos CA) poet, novelist, short fiction writer

Orrie Latham Hatcher (10 dec 1869 – 01 apr 1946 | Petersburg VA – Richmond VA) educator, lecturer, professor, women’s education activist

Elizabeth Faulkner Baker (10 dec 1885 – 30 jan 1973 | Abilene KS – Seattle WA) author, academic, economist, WWII hearing officer for National War Labor Board, specialist in scientific management / roles of women / relationship between employment and technological change

Victoria Trude Victor Wolff (10 dec 1903 – 16 sep 1992 | Heilbronn, Germany – Los Angeles CA) novelist, essayist, screenwriter, autobiographical author

Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (10 dec 1913 – 30 nov 1988 | London UK – New York NY) author, photographer, member WWII Free French Army, jazz / bebop musician friend / patron / hostess, aka Bebop Baroness or Jazz Baroness,

Agnes Eckhardt Nixon (10 dec 1922 – 28 sep 2016 | Chicago IL – Haverford PA) television writer and producer, aka Queen of Modern American Soap Opera

Carolyn Kizer (10 dec 1925 – 09 oct 2014 | Spokane WA – Sonoma CA) poet, author, feminist

Neena Betty Schwartz (10 dec 1926 – 15 apr 2018 | Baltimore MD – Evanston IL) author, feminist, LGBT activist, memoirist, endocrinologist, founding member Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Women in Endocrinology cofounder / president

Lila R. Gleitman (10 dec 1929 – Pennsylvania US) linguist, author, academic, language acquisition scholar / expert

Beryl Fox (10 dec 1931 – Winnipeg, Manitoba) film producer, documentary film director

Karen [formerly Kenneth] Frances Ulane (10 dec 1941 – 22 may 1989 | Chicago IL – near DeKalb IL) airline pilot, transsexual, for US Army combat pilot in Vietnam War, fired by Eastern Airlines after sex reassignment surgery, appeal set legal precedent for transsexual people under Civil Rights Act of 1964

Charlotte Gingras (10 dec 1943 – Quebec City, Quebec) visual artist, schoolteacher, children’s author, young adult novelist

Sharon Lee Percy Rockefeller (10 dec 1944 – Oakland CA) social activist, former WV State First Lady, public broadcast advocate, low-income quilters’ Mountain Artisans founder

Ruth Whipple Crocker (10 dec 1946 – Mystic CT) author, essayist, memoirist

Kellye Nakahara Wallett (10 dec 1950 – Oahu HI) watercolor artist, former actress, Nurse Kellye in 165 episodes of tv show M*A*S*H

Jan Lisa Huttner (10 dec 1951 – Newark NJ) film critic, feminist, columnist, journalist, women artists’ activist / advocate

Julianne Baird (10 dec 1952 – Statesville NC) operatic soprano, voice teacher, Baroque works specialist

Janny Wurts (10 dec 1953 – Bryn Mawr PA) fantasy novelist / illustrator

Margaret Ann [Peggy] Salinger (10 dec 1955 – New York NY) actress, memoirist, literary family member

Marie Bountrogianni (10 dec 1956 – Hamilton, Ontario) Greek-Canadian academic, politician, psychologist, university dean, former Royal Ontario Museum president / director

Jacquelyn [Jackie] Mitchard (10 dec 1956 – Chicago IL) author, journalist

Tracy M. Barker (10 dec 1957 – Washington DC) author, researcher, herpetologist, python specialist

Cornelia Maria Funke (10 dec 1958 – Dorsten, West Germany) children’s fantasy and adventure author

Mariann Edgar Budde (10 dec 1959 – New Jersey US) author, Episcopal diocesan bishop

Laurie Anne Helgoe (10 dec 1960 – Billings MT) psychologist, non-fiction author, personality development / psychology of desire specialist

Women.Born.Restored | 12.09

09 dec 1799 Sarah [Tabitha] Babbitt
Sarah [Tabitha] Babbitt (09 dec 1799 – 10 dec 1853 | Hardwick MA – Harvard MA) Shaker, inventor, weaver, tool-maker, member of Harvard Shaker Community, invented false teeth / circular saw / spinning wheel head [but did not patent any of her inventions] | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
09 dec 1806 Elizabeth Buffum Chace
Elizabeth Buffum Chace (09 dec 1806 – 12 dec 1889 | Providence RI – Providence RI) Quaker, abolitionist, social reformer, women’s rights activist, president Rhode Island Suffrage, Pembroke College co-founder | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne
09 dec 1832 Mary Fletcher Benton Scranton
Mary Fletcher Benton Scranton (09 dec 1832 – 08 oct 1909 | Belchertown MA – Seoul, Korea) Methodist Episcopal missionary, first Woman’s Foreign Missionary in Korea, founded Tal Syeng Day School for Women in Seoul and the Training School for Bible Women | women.born.restored © susan.powers.bourne

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Emma Abbott (09 dec 1850 – 05 jan 1891 | Chicago IL – Salt Lake City UT) operatic soprano, impresario / opera company founder

Ida Sophia Scudder (09 dec 1870 – 23 may 1960 | Ranipet, India – Kodaikanal, India) doctor, medical missionary, women’s health activist, fought plague, leprosy, cholera, founded Christian Medical College & Hospital in India

Marguerite Kamehaokalani Ashford (09 dec 1891 – 03 mar 1970 | Honolulu HI – Honolulu HI) first female attorney to practice in the Territory of Hawaii

Lorraine Collett Petersen (09 dec 1892 – 30 mar 1983 | Kansas City MO – Fresno CA) nurse, restaurateur, nursing home owner, original Sun-Maid Raisin Girl

Margarete Moller Kollisch (09 dec 1893 – 11 oct 1979 | Vienna, Austria – Staten Island NY) Austrian-American poet, author, translator, massage therapist

Léonie Fuller Adams (09 dec 1899 – 27 jun 1988 | Brooklyn NY – New Milford CT) mystical poet

Margaret Brundage (09 dec 1900 – 09 apr 1976 | Chicago IL – Chicago IL) artist, painter, illustrator, Weird Tales pulp magazine cover pastel artist, born Margaret Hedda Johnson

Carlotta Corpron (09 dec 1901 – 17 apr 1988 | Blue Earth MN – Denton TX) abstract / Bauhaus fine art photographer

Margaret Hamilton (09 dec 1902 – 16 may 1985 | Cleveland OH – Salisbury CT) character actress, cookbook author, tv food show host, disabled veterans activist

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (09 dec 1906 – 01 jan 1992 | New York NY – Arlington VA) aka Amazing Grace, computer scientist, mathematician, Navy rear-admiral, information age pioneer / innovator

Esther Eggertsen Peterson (09 dec 1906 – 20 dec 1997 | Provo UT – Washington DC) memoirist, professor, organizer, women’s / consumer rights activist, US Assistant Secretary of Labor, Director of US Women’s Bureau

Eloise Jarvis McGraw (09 dec 1915 – 30 nov 2000 | Houston TX – Portland OR) young adult novelist, children’s book author

Retha Walden Gambaro (09 dec 1917 – 09 sep 2013 | Indian Territory OK – Stafford VA) Native American artist, sculptor, inventor

Jeanne Quint Benoliel (09 dec 1919 – 23 jan 2012 | National City CA – Seattle WA) nurse, author, nursing educator, founded PhD program at University of Washington School of Nursing, researched role of end-of-life nursing care

Elsie Hilliard Hillman (09 dec 1925 – 04 aug 2015 | Fox Chapel PA – Pittsburgh PA) activist, philanthropist, civic / political leader

Joan Winsor Blos (09 dec 1928 – 12 oct 2017 | New York NY – Ann Arbor MI) writer, teacher, historical novelist, children’s literacy advocate

Ellen Moers Mayer (09 dec 1928 – 25 aug 1979 | New York NY – New York NY) author, feminist, literary academic scholar, pioneered gynocriticism

Sarah Elizabeth Wright (09 dec 1928 – 13 sep 2009 | Wetipquin MD – New York NY) poet, novelist, biographer, nonfiction author

Joan M. Jensen (09 dec 1934 – St Paul MN) author, historian, women’s history researcher

Mary Downing Hahn (09 dec 1937 – College Park MD) young adult novelist

Bertrice Small (09 dec 1937 – 24 feb 2015 | New York NY – Southold NY) erotic / historical romance novelist

Nancy Reddin Kienholz (09 dec 1943 – Los Angeles CA) mixed media artist including assemblage, photography, installation, lenticular printing

Ki Longfellow (09 dec 1944 – Staten Island NY) novelist, playwright, entrepreneur, theatre director, born Baby Kelly, theatrical producer, dual US / UK citizenship

Susanna Moore (09 dec 1945 – Bryn Mawr PA) author, actress, memoirist, production designer, costume designer

Lynne Kobashigawa Waihee (09 dec 1946 – Territory of Hawaii) author, biographer, First Lady of Hawaii [1986-1994], children’s literacy activist, co-founded children’s museum, created First Lady’s Outstanding Volunteers Program

Eileen Myles (09 dec 1949 – Cambridge MA) poet, author, novelist, librettist, playwright, performance artist

Kay Schallenkamp (09 dec 1949 – Salem SD) professor, education administrator, university president

Sarah Hall (09 dec 1951 – Hamilton, Ontario) author, stained glass artist

Cynthia S. [Cindy] Ross (09 dec 1952 – Wakita OK) retired higher education administrator, first female president of Cameron University

Jane Hanson (09 dec 1955 – US) broadcast journalist

Patricia N. [Pat] Battle (09 dec 1959 – Neptune Township NJ) tv journalist

Jenifer Fox (09 dec 1960 – Milwaukee WI) author, speaker, educator, strengths-based advocate, leader of Strengths Movement in Schools