01 jan 03 | women.born.today

Lucretia Coffin Mott (03 jan 1793 – 11 nov 1880 | Nantucket MA – Cheltenham PA) Quaker author, speaker, educator, suffragist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist, autobiographical author

Anne Ayres (03 jan 1816 – 09 feb 1896 | London UK – Long Island NY) British-American, religious author / biographer, social service minister, nursing director / administrator of St Luke’s Hospital, First Sister / Founder of US Episcopal religious order named Sisterhood of the Holy Communion

Sophia B. Packard (03 jan 1824 – 21 jun 1891 | New Salem MA – Atlanta GA) educator, African-American women’s college co-founder [Spelman Seminary which became Spelman College]

Letitia Creighton Youmans (03 jan 1827 – 16 jul 1896 | Baltimore, Upper Canada – Toronto, Ontario) school teacher, autobiographcial author, temperance activist, founder / first president Ontario Chapter of WCTU (Women’ Christian Temperance Union)

Eliza Margaret Perry (03 jan 1828 – 03 jan 1862 | Pitosi MI – Austin TX) diarist, Texas pioneer / settler’s family member

Flora Cooke Stuart (03 jan 1836 – 10 may 1923 | Missouri – Norfolk City VA) educator, Confederate Civil War widow, founded Virginia Female Institute [which became Stuart Hall]

Anna Chapin Ray (03 jan 1865 – 13 dec 1945 | Westfield MA – New Haven CT) author, aka Sidney Howard, adult novelist, children’s book writer, one of first three women to take Yale entrance exam

Estelle Aubrey Brown (03 jan 1877 – 23 jan 1958 New York NY – Pima AZ) novelist, essayist, short story writer

Marie Josephine Sherwood Hull (03 jan 1877 – 12 mar 1957 | Newtonville MA – Bronx NY) play director, tv / stage actress

Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge (03 jan 1879 – 08 jul 1957 | Burlington VT – Northampton MA) US Presidential First Lady, deaf teacher, lip-reading instructor, civic / social / political activist

Helen Parkhurst (03 jan 1887 – 01 jun 1973 | Durand WI – New Milford CT) author, lecturer, educator, Dalton School founder

Dorothy Arzner (03 jan 1897 – 01 oct 1979 | San Francisco CA – La Quinta CA) pioneering US motion picture director

Marion Cecilia Douras Davis (03 jan 1897 – 22 sep 1961 | Brooklyn NY – Hollywood CA) film actress, producer, screenwriter, philanthropist

Carolyn Haywood (03 jan 1898 – 11 jan 1990 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) author / illustrator of children’s books

Beatrice Joy Chute (03 jan 1913 – 06 sep 1987 | Minneapolis MN – New York NY) author, professor, short fiction writer

Betty Midgley Furness (03 jan 1916 – 02 aug 1994 | New York NY – New York NY) actress, commentator, cookbook author, political activist, consumer advocate

Rachel Marilyn Laird Lloyd (03 jan 1929 – Fort Smith AR) state politician, businesswoman, domestic violence victims advocate, former owner of radio station (GA) and aviation company (TN)

Jean Carper (03 jan 1932 – New York NY) author, medical journalist, contributing editor

Anne Stevenson (03 jan 1933 – Cambridge UK) American-British poet, writer

Patricia Lee Gauch (03 jan 1934 – Lockmoor MI) children’s book author, publisher

Carla Anderson Hills (03 jan 1934 – Los Angeles CA) attorney, public figure, first female US Secretary Housing and Urban Development (HUD), third female US Cabinet officer

Judith M. LeBlanc (03 jan 1936 – Beaumont TX) author, teacher, psychologist, special education researcher

Betty Rollin (03 jan 1936 – New York NY) author, tv news correspondent, Death with Dignity movement activist

Loret Miller Ruppe (03 jan 1936 – 27 may 1996 | Milwaukee WI – Bethesda MD) author, civic leader, volunteer trainer, Peace Corps director, US Ambassador to Norway

Marcia Haufrecht (03 jan 1937 – New York NY) dancer, actress, director, playwright, acting coach / teacher, founder / artistic director of off-off Broadway Common Basis Theatre

Alma Flor Ada (03 jan 1938 – Camagüey, Cuba) Cuban-American poet, author, novelist, memoirist, children’s book author, university professor, bilingual / multicultural education advocate

Kinuko Yamabe Craft (03 jan 1940 – Kanazawa, Japan) Japanese-born American painter, illustrator, fantasy artist, children’s book illustrator

Thelma Schoonmaker (03 jan 1940 – Algiers, French Algeria) Algerian-born American, award-winning film editor

Toby Lerner Ansin (03 jan 1941 – Boston MA) ballet enthusiast, founded Miami City Ballet dance company, community arts advocate / supporter

Alison Becker Chase (03 jan 1946 – Eolia MO) dancer, teacher, Guggenheim Fellow, site-specific performance artist, dance theater founder / artistic director

Cheryl A. Rubenberg (03 jan 1946 – unknown) author, Middle East academic / researcher

Norma Elia Cantú (03 jan 1947 – Nuevo Laredo, Mexico) Mexican-American, poet, essayist, short fiction writer, English professor, Chicana author and book reviewer

Charlotte Gray (03 jan 1948 – Sheffield UK) British-born Canadian author, historian, biographer, former journalist

Peggy Ann Quince (03 jan 1948 – Norfolk VA) jurist, attorney, third female / second African-American Justice on Supreme Court of Florida

Katie Geneva Cannon (03 jan 1950 – Kannapolis NC) author, ethicist,  black / womanist / Christian theologian, first ordained African-American female minister in US Presbyterian Church

Marilyn Suzanne Miller (03 jan 1950 – Neptune NJ) tv writer, humorist, producer

Vicki Ree [Victoria] Principal (03 jan 1950 – Fukoka, Japan) American author, actress, activist, businesswoman

Mary [Jane] O’Meara Sanders (03 jan 1950 – New York NY) social worker, youth activist, political staffer, college administrator, political family member

Linda Steiner (03 jan 1950 – US) author, educator, journalist, journalism professor, editor-in-chief of journalism journal, women-in-journalism advocate / supporter

Marta Moreno Vega (03 jan 1952 – East Harlem NY) author, arts activist, founded CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute), founding member of Association for Hispanic Arts, founded Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable Institution of Colors

Hala Moddelmog (03 jan 1956 – US) non-profit executive, women-in-business advocate, first female president / CEO of Metro Atlanta [Georgia State] Chamber (MAC), first female to lead international restaurant company

Connie May Fowler (03 jan 1960 – North Carolina US) poet, novelist, essayist, memoirist, screenwriter, visiting professor, women and children’s advocate