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Helen Kendrick Johnson (04 jan 1844 – 03 jan 1917 | Hamilton NY – Rochester NY) poet, activist, travel writer, children’s author

Frances Hammell Gearhart (04 jan 1869 – 04 apr 1959 | Sagetown IL – Pasadena CA) teacher, landscape artist, watercoclorist, lino / woodcut printmaker, pioneer American fine art color printmaker

Selena Sloan Butler (04 jan 1872 – 09 oct 1964 | Thomasville GA – Los Angeles CA) African-American, organized first black women’s Red Cross chapter, founder / first president National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association (NCCPT)

Allie Mae Carpenter (04 jan 1887 – 02 jul 1978 | Prairie Home MO – Denver CO) artist, etcher, oil painter, pastellist, printmaker, tapestry artist, watercolorist, china painter, art educator, aka A.M. Carpenter, interior designer / decorator

Adeline De Sale Link (04 jan 1892 – 20 nov 1943 | Omaha NE – Chicago IL) author, chemist, chemistry professor

Regina Zimmerman Kelly (04 jan 1898 – 09 apr 1986 | Lafayette LA – Contra Costa CA) historical / biographical children’s / young adult novelist

Laura Crayton Boulton (04 jan 1899 – 16 oct 1980 | Conneaut OH – Scottsdale AZ) filmmaker, photographer, ornithologist, ethnomusicologist, autobiographical author

Gladys Bowery Black (04 jan 1909 –  19 jul 1998 | Pleasantville IA – Pleassantville IA) writer, ornithologist, conservationist, amateur woodcarver, public health nurse, aka Iowa’s Bird Lady, birding newspaper columnist

Ruth Currier (04 jan 1926 – 04 oct 2011 | Ashland OH – Brooklyn NY) ballerina, choreographer, principal performer, modern dance teacher, dance company founder

Betty Kennedy (04 jan 1926 – Ottawa, Ontario) author, journalist, broadcaster, executive film producer, retired Canadian Senator, political tv show panelist, former radio public affairs editor

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (04 jan 1933 – Anderson IN)  children’s / young adult fiction author

Diana E. Murphy (04 jan 1934 – Faribault MN) jurist, author, essayist, former Law Review editor, Senior Judge of US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Grace Melzia Bumbry (04 jan 1937 – St Louis MO) soprano / mezzo-soprano operatic singer

Dyan Cannon (04 jan 1937 – Tacoma WA) film editor, actress, director, producer, screenwriter, born Samille Diane Friesen

Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (04 jan 1941 – 08 aug 2001 | Los Angeles CA – Granite Bay CA) memoirist, political family member, Alzheimer’s activist / spokesperson

Doris Kearns Goodwin (04 jan 1943 – Brooklyn NY) historian, biographer, political commentator, Pulitzer Prize winner

Jean Kilbourne (04 jan 1943 – Brookline MA) author, feminist, speaker, filmmaker, alcohol / tobacco addictions activist, women’s media image reformer / researcher

Carol J. Greenhouse (04 jan 1950 – US) author, anthropologist, Chair of Anthropology at Princeton University, American Ethnological Society president

Barbara Cochran (04 jan 1951 – Claremont NH) author, newspaper writer, Olympic Gold Medalist, family member of Vermont’s The Skiing Cochrans

Susan Neville (04 jan 1951 – Indianapolis IN) short story writer, writing professor

Yasmin Ratansi (04 jan 1951 – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) Canadian politician, accountant, management consultant, first Muslim woman elected to Canadian House of Commons

Michele Faith Wallace (04 jan 1952 – Harlem NY) black feminist, author, essayist, cultural critic

Celestine Beyincé-Lawson [Tina Knowles] (04 jan 1954 – Galveston TX) fashion designer, businesswoman, founded House of Deréon

Brenda Reneau (04 jan 1954 – 05 dec 2013) Fort Hood TX – Oklahoma City OK) state politician, former Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor

April Terri Winchell Foley (04 jan 1960 – New York NY) writer, actress, comedian, voice actress, talk radio host, commentator