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Queen Emma Kalanikaumakaʻamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke of Hawaiʻi (02 jan 1836 – 25 apr 1885 | Honolulu  or Kawaihae, Sandwich Islands – Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) Queen monarch, social activist, hospital founder, advocated Hawaii’s independence

Alice Mary Robertson (02 jan 1854 – 01 jul 1931 | Tullahassee Mission, Creek Nation – Muskogee OK) politician, educator, social worker, anti-feminist, Native American rights advocate

Martha Carey [Minnie] Thomas (02 jan 1857 – 02 dec 1935 | Baltimore MD – Philadelphia PA) linguist, suffragist, Bryn Mawr founder / president, first female Johns Hopkins’ student / honorary graduate

Anne Sewell Young (02 jan 1877 – 15 aug 1961 | Bloomington WI – Claremont CA) author, astronomer, astronomy professor

Mary Hamilton Swindler (02 jan 1884 – 16 jan 1967 | Bloomington IN – Haverford PA) author, archaeologist, art historian, classical art scholar, first female Editor-in-Chief American Journal of Archaeology

Agnes Elizabeth Ernst Meyer (02 jan 1887 – 01 sep 1970 | New York NY – Pelham NY) German-American writer, journalist, art collector, philanthropist

Edith Banfield Jackson (02 jan 1895 – 05 jun 1977 | Colorado Spring CO – Denver CO) author, child psychologist, pediatric psychology professor, infants’ rooming-in activist / innovator

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (02 jan 1898 – 01 nov 1989 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) editor, attorney, civil rights activist, first African-American PhD economics, first female JD UPenn Law 

Robyna Neilson Ketchum (02 jan 1901 – 09 nov 1972 | Winona MN – Cos Cob CT) stage actress, radio broadcaster, antique bell / chime collector, musical instruments patron

Beatrice Alice Hicks (02 jan 1919 – 21 oct 1979 | Orange NJ – Princeton NJ) engineer, engineering firm owner, first female engineer hired by Western Electric, co-founder / first president of the Society of Women Engineers

Katherine Westphal (02 jan 1919 – Los Angeles CA) author, fiber artist, textile designer, helped establish quilting as a fine art form

Crosby Newell Bonsall (02 jan 1921 – 10 jan 1995 | Queens NY – Boston MA) artist, children’s book author / illustrator

Lillian Davis Roberts (02 jan 1928 – US) first black female NY State Industrial Commissioner, Executive Director of largest municipal union in New York City

Marion Loretta Reid (02 jan 1929 – North Rustico, Prince Edward Island) former Canadian politician, first female PEI Lieutenant Governor, first female Speaker of PEI Legislative Assembly

Jean Little (02 jan 1932 – Formosa, Taiwan) Canadian poet, writer, novelist, children’s author, disabled children’s educator, autobiographical author, professor of children’s literature

Marianne McDonald (02 jan 1937 – Chicago IL) author, scholar, playwright, philanthropist, Distinguished Professor, Greek and Irish texts preservationist

Lynn Ann Conway (02 jan 1938 – White Plains NY) author, inventor, computer scientist, electrical engineer, transgender activist

Dana Ulery (02 jan 1938 – East St Louis MO) author, computer scientist, pioneering expert in scientific computer applications

Alicia Nitecki (02 jan 1942 – Warsaw, Poland) author, essayist, translator, English Literature professor, Polish authors / holocaust literature specialist

Marlene Rasnick (02 jan 1944 – 18 nov 2001 | Los Angeles CA – Los Angeles CA) playwright, improv director, stage / film actress, workshop leader, medical marijuana activist, Public Works Improvisational Theatre co-founder, Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center advocate / supporter

Judith Miller (02 jan 1948 – New York NY) memoirist, journalist, nonfiction author, conservative, commentator, member Council on Foreign Relations

Joyce Judith Wadler (02 jan 1948 – US) writer, humorist, reporter, journalist, memoirist, contributing editor, breast and ovarian cancer survivor

Jocelyne Felx (02 jan 1949 – Saint-Lazare de Vaudreuil, Quebec) writer, novelist, literary critic

Charlotte Pritt (02 jan 1949 – Charleston WV) educator, state politician, businesswoman

Joan Petersilia (02 jan 1951 – US) author, criminologist, faculty co-director of Stanford Criminal Justice Center, prisoner reentry research specialist / expert

Marianne Leone Cooper (02 jan 1952 – Boston MA) essayist, memoirist, screenwriter, tv / film actress, disabled children’s activist

Gretchen Morgenson (02 jan 1956 – State College PA) finance / investment writer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist