01 jan 05 | women.born.today

Olympia Brown (05 jan 1835 – 23 oct 1926 | Prairie Ronde Township MI – Baltimore MD) author, suffragist, first female US theological school graduate, first ordained American female minister

Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (05 jan 1868 – 24 jun 1933 | Portsmouth VA – Providence RI) African-American grand opera / light opera / popular music soprano

Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate (05 jan 1871 – 28 dec 1930 | Vanleer TN – Philadelphia PA) African-American, author, preacher, Bishop Mother, religious leader, Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of Truth founder

Frances Nacke Noel (05 jan 1873 – 24 apr 1963 | Saxony, Germany – Los Angeles CA) suffragist, women’s labor activist, women’s rights advocate, Socialist Labor Party member, cross-class alliance advocate, aka The Most Eloquent Female Orator of Southern California

Clara Gardner Mairs (05 jan 1878 – 24 may 1963 | Hastings MN – Ramsey MN) artist, etcher, printmaker

Ola Elizabeth Winslow (05 jan 1885 – 27 sep 1977 | Grant City MO – Damariscotta ME) author, historian

Mabel Leigh Hunt (05 jan 1892 – 03 sep 1971 | Coatesville IN – Indianapolis IN) librarian, children’s book author

Agnes H. von Kurowsky Stanfield (05 jan 1892 – 25 nov 1984 | Germantown PA – Pinellas FL) diarist, author, literary folk figure, WWII Red Cross nurse

Elizabeth [Libba] Nevills Cotten (05 jan 1893 – 29 jun 1987 | Chapel Hill NC – Syracuse NY) folk figure, musician, banjo player, singer-songwriter, domestic worker, self-taught left-handed guitarist, original innovator of Cotten-picking guitar playing

Sigrid Schultz (05 jan 1893 – 14 may 1980 | Chicago IL – Berlin, Germany) Norwegian-American reporter, journalist, war correspondent

Lily May Perry (05 jan 1895 – 11 mar 1992 | Havelock, New Brunswick, Canada – Hingham MA) Canadian-American author, botanist, illustrator

Jeannette Piccard (05 jan 1895 – 17 may 1981 | Chicago IL – Minneapolis MN) Episcopal priest, former high-altitude balloonist

Véra Yevseyevna Slonim Nabokov (05 jan 1902 – 07 apr 1991 | Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire – Vevey, Switzerland) muse, critic, editor, writer, typist, translator, biographer, proofreader, Russian-American, literary family member

Jeane L. Dixon (05 jan 1904 – 25 jan 1997 | Medford WI – Washington DC) writer, psychic, astrologist, columnist

Erika Morini (05 jan 1904 – 31 oct 1995 | Vienna, Austria – Manhattan NY) child prodigy violinist, adult solo / concert violinist and recording artist

Lucienne Bloch (05 jan 1909 – 13 Mar 1999 | Geneva, Switzerland – Gualala CA) Swiss-American artist, muralist, sculptor, photographer, children’s book illustrator

Jane Wyman (05 jan 1917 – 10 sep 2007 | Saint Joseph MO – Rancho Mirage CA) artist, singer, dancer, painter, actress, philanthropist, born Sarah Jane Mayfield, first wife of former US President Ronald Reagan

Joan Riddell Cook (05 jan 1922 – 05 feb 1995 | Portland OR – New York NY) editor, journalist, trade union leader, founding director of JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium), journalism scholarship founded in her name

Dorothy Foreman Cotton (05 jan 1930 – Goldsboro NC) African-American Civil Rights Movement leader, Educational Director for Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Citizen Education Program activist, SCLC’s highest-ranking female member, Negro spiritual singer / preservationist

Kay Tobin Lahusen (05 jan 1930 – Cincinnati OH) author, reference librarian, political activist, Gay Activists Alliance founding member, first openly gay female US photojournalist

Florence Virginia King (05 jan 1936 – 06 jan 2016 | Washington DC – Fredericksburg VA) novelist, essayist, columnist, political conservative

Cynthia [Cindy Robbins] Chenault (05 jan 1937 – Hammond LA) tv writer / actress / producer

DeeDee Halleck (05 jan 1940 – St Louis MO) author, media activist, Paper Tiger Television founder, Deep Dish Satellite Network co-founder, Professor Emerita in UC San Diego Department of Communication

Lynn Di Nino (05 jan 1945 – Roswell NM) self-taught mixed-media artist and sculptor

Dorothy Dobbie (05 jan 1945 – Canada) gardener, essayist, publisher, former Canadian politician, co-founder / president Pegasus Publications

Diane Hall Keaton (05 jan 1946 – Los Angeles CA) author, film actress, director, producer, photographer, real estate developer

Saskia Sassen (05 jan 1947 – The Hague, Netherlands) Dutch-American author, sociologist, professor, coined term ‘global city,’ globalization / international human migration expert

Kathrine Virginia [Kathy] Switzer (05 jan 1947 – Amberg, Germany) author, journalist, tv commentator, marathon runner, first woman to enter Boston Marathon (1967)

Ericka Jenkins Huggins (05 jan 1948 – Washington DC) poet, activist, author, educator, sociology professor, former Black Panther Party leader

Joyce Ann Karlin (05 jan 1951 – Caracas, Venezuela) US jurist, attorney, politician, former US Assistant Attorney in Los Angeles

Donna Baier Stein (05 jan 1951 – Kansas City MO) poet, editor, author, copywriter, publisher, short fiction writer

Lynne Cherry (05 jan 1952 – Philadelphia PA) film producer, children’s nature-themed author / illustrator

Jade Wu (05 jan 1953 – Tokyo, Japan) Asian-American actress, playwright, film editor, producer, director, public speaker, essayist, food stylist, photographer

Maryse Lassonde (05 jan 1954 – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) Canadian author, academic, neuropsychologist, brain disorder research specialist