12 | women.born.december | 04

Cornelia Foster Bradford (04 dec 1847 – 15 jan 1935 | Granby NY – Montclair NJ) social worker, kindergarten advocate, social activist and reformer, founded Whittier House [first settlement house in New Jersey]

Mary Reed (04 dec 1854 – 08 apr 1943 | Lowell OH – Chandag, India) missionary social worker, leprosy colony missionary

Lillian Russell (04 dec 1861 – 06 jun 1922 | Clinton IA – Pittsburgh PA) singer, actress, columnist, suffragist, née Helen Louise Leonard

Gertrude Ethel Mallette (04 dec 1887 – 22 jan 1976 | New York US – Alameda CA) author, essayist, juvenile novelist, short story writer, aka Alan Gregg and Pedar Larssen

Pauline Elizabeth Murphy Williams (04 dec 1912 – 04 oct 2004 | Virginia Beach VA – Norfolk VA) poet, artist, painter, short fiction writer

Helen Wallbank Milliken (04 dec 1922 – 16 nov 2012 | Michigan US – Traverse City MI) author, women’s / equal rights activist, environmentalist, longest-serving First Lady of Michigan

Anne Carroll Bell George (04 dec 1927 – 14 mar 2001 | Montgomery AL – Birmingham AL) poet, teacher, detective novelist

Isabelle Juliette Martha Rapin (04 dec 1927 – 24 may 2017 | Lausanne, Switzerland – Rhinebeck NY) author, essayist, leading authority on autism, professor of neurology and pediatrics

Rebecca Quinn [Becky] Morgan (04 dec 1938 – Hanover NH) social activist, former State Senator, businesswoman, philanthropist, cofounded Morgan Family Foundation

Joan Brady (04 dec 1939 – San Francisco CA) American-British novelist, former ballerina, autobiographical author

Nanette Rainone (04 dec 1942 – 23 may 2016 | Queens NY – Manhattan NY) editor, feminist, pioneering public radio reporter and programmer, created Womankind WBAI radio program, founded Brooklyn Information & Culture (BRIC)

Elizabeth Ann Murphy Whelan (04 dec 1943 – 11 sep 2014 | Manhattan NY – Manahawkin NJ) author, epidemiologist, safe consumer product activist, founded American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

Roberta Bondar (04 dec 1945 – Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) Canadian author, educator, scientist, astronaut, neurologist, artistic photographer

Jane Lubchenco (04 dec 1947 – Denver CO) author, marine ecologist, environmental scientist

Alex Finlayson (04 dec 1951 – Tyler TX) playwright

Patricia Wettig (04 dec 1951 – Cincinnati OH) actress, playwright

Laurie Shrage (04 dec 1953 – US) author, moral / political / social change philosopher

Shirley Ann Turner Coleman (04 dec 1955 – Sunflower MS) pastor, politician, former alderman, sole African-American Chicago female ordained minister alderman

Mary Ann Vecchio (04 dec 1955 – Palermo, Sicily) Italian-American, folk figure, speaker, subject of Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph of Kent State shootings

Jeannette Marie Wing (04 dec 1956 – US) author, editor, computer scientist

Cathleen Ann [Cathy] O’Brien (04 dec 1957 – Muskegon MI) author, memoirist, conspiracy theorist

Kathryn Reiss (04 dec 1957 – Cambridge MA) children’s / young adult fiction author