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Rebecca Webb Pennock Lukens (06 jan 1794 – 10 dec 1854 | Marlboro Township PA – Coatesville PA) Quaker, mill owner / manager, first US female industrial CEO, autobiographical author

Charlotte Endymion Porter (06 jan 1857 – 16 jan 1942 | Towanda PA – Melrose MA) poet, editor, writer, translator, literary critic

Elisabeth Mills Reid (06 jan 1858 – 30 apr 1931 | New York NY – Nice, France) social activist, philanthropist, women’s arts / academics advocate

Frances Saville (06 jan 1862 – 08 nov 1935 | San Francisco CA – Belmont CA) operatic lyric soprano

Caro Blymyer Dawes (06 jan 1866 – 03 oct 1957 | Cincinnati OH – Evanston IL) US Second Lady, social / charity activist

Anna Agnes Maley (06 jan 1872 – 28 nov 1918 | Faxon MN – Minneapolis MN) author, teacher, lecturer, journalist, organizer, political activist, labor arbitrator, first female gubernatorial candidate in Washington State

Paula Enders Balasic (06 jan 1874 – 22 apr 1956 | Hungary – Chicago IL) Hungarian-American acrobat, circus / vaudeville performer

Maria Enders Rieffenach (06 jan 1876 – 02 mar 1956 | Hungary – Chicago IL) Hungarian-American circus performer

Effie Waller Smith (06 jan 1879 – 02 jan 1960 | Pikeville KY – Neenah WI) African-American poet

Florence Turner (06 jan 1885 – 28 aug 1946 | New York NY – Woodland Hills CA) actress, film director / producer / screenwriter

Hilda Butler Farr (06 jan 1894 – 26 aug 1969 | Chicago IL – Chicago IL) poet, pianist, composer

Kathryn Cavarly Hulme (06 jan 1900 – 25 aug 1981 | San Francisco CA – Kauai HI) author, memoirist

Evelyn La Rue Pittman (06 jan 1910 – 15 dec 1992 | McAlester OK – Oklahoma City OK) author, composer, producer, choral director, music educator

Loretta Gretchen Young (06 jan 1913 – 12 aug 2000 | Salt Lake City UT – Los Angeles CA) actress, memoirist, Catholic charities activist

Ruth Gikow (06 jan 1915 – 1982 | Ukraine – New York NY) Ukrainian-American painter, visual artist, memoirist

Maeve Brennan (06 jan 1917 – 01 nov 1993 | Dublin, Ireland – Queens NY) Irish-American critic, author, journalist, essayist, columnist, copywriter, managing editor, short fiction writer, aka The Long-Winded Lady

Leah Chase (06 jan 1923 – Madisonville LA) chef, author, tv personality, aka Queen of Creole Cuisine

Anne Rogers Clark (06 jan 1929 – 20 dec 2006 | Flushing NY – Wilmington DE) author, dog breeder / trainer

Eileen Kernaghan (06 jan 1939 – Grindrod, British Columbia) speculative fiction novelist, former elementary teacher, creative writing instructor

Shirley Love (06 jan 1940 – Detroit MI) operatic mezzo-soprano

Vicki Rogosin Lansky (06 jan 1942 – Louisville KY) author, publisher, cookbook writer, practical parenting author, parent / child read-together book writer

Nancy Ruth Rowell Jackman (06 jan 1942 – Toronto, Ontario) women’s rights activist, gay rights advocate, former / first openly lesbian Senator in Canada,

Bonnie Franklin (06 jan 1944 – 01 mar 2013 | Santa Monica CA – Los Angeles CA) actress, director, literary activist

Carolyn [C.D.] Wright (06 jan 1949 – Mountain Home AR) poet

Jessica Amanda Salmonson (06 jan 1950 – Seattle WA) poet, editor, fantasy / horror fiction author

Paula F. Fredriksen (06 jan 1951 – Kingston RI) author, historian, religious studies scholar

Teresa Gutierrez (06 jan 1951 – Bexar TX) author, lesbian, immigrant rights activist, International Action Center coordinator

Ellen Rosenblum (06 jan 1951 – Berkeley CA) attorney, US Attorney General for State of Oregon, Oregon’s first female Attorney General

Jan Eliasberg (06 jan 1954 – New York NY) tv / film / theatre writer and director

Debbe Magnusen (06 jan 1956 – Pasadena CA) author, foster care activist, founded non-profit  Project Cuddle, infant / mother health / welfare advocate

Elizabeth Strout (06 jan 1956 – Portland ME) novelist, academic, short fiction writer, Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction