01 jan 07 | women.born.today

Ann Mayes Rutledge (07 jan 1813 – 25 aug 1835 | Henderson KY – New Salem IL) US folk figure, aka [US President Abraham] Lincoln’s First Love

Julia Thompson von Stosch Schayer (07 jan 1842 – 29 mar 1928 | Deering ME – Bronxville NY) short fiction author

Louise Imogen Guiney (07 jan 1861 – 02 nov 1920 | Roxbury MA – Chipping Campden UK) poet, editor, essayist

Harriet Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks (07 jan 1871 – 05 feb 1951 | London UK – New York NY) heiress, American folk figure, Hetty Green’s daughter / heiress

Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer (07 jan 1873 – 24 jun 1943 | Allentown PA – Nashville TN) painter, illustrator, printmaker, white-line woodcut creator / innovator

Florence Winger Bagley (07 jan 1874 – 1952 | Clay Lick PA – US author, psychologist, Fechner’s color aesthetics specialist, PhD candidate but did not finish thesis due to marriage and motherhood

Lizzie Edith Irvine (07 jan 1884 – 14 aug 1949 | Sheep Ranch CA – Mokelumne Hill CA) teacher, photographer, famous for photos of San Francisco earthquake

Virginia Tyler Hudson Brightman (07 jan 1886 – 1916 | Gratz KY – US) journalist, screenwriter

Myrtle Vail Damerel (07 jan 1888 – 18 sep 1978 | Joliet IL – Kansas City MO) vaudeville actress, radio host / writer / actor

Zora Neale Hurston (07 jan 1891 – 28 jan 1960 | Notasulga AL – Fort Pierce FL) African-American author, folklorist, anthropologist

Thelma Butterfly McQueen (07 jan 1900 – 22 dec 1995 | Tampa FL – Augusta GA) atheist, actress, Free Thought activist / heroine

Ruth Landshoff-Yorck Levy (07 jan 1904 – 19 jan 1966 | Berlin, Germany – New York NY) German-American poet, writer, actress, novelist, translator, magazine columnist

Evelyn Trout (07 jan 1906 – 24 jan 2003 | Greenup IL – San Diego CA) aviator, author, aka Bobbi, pioneering female pilot, first woman to win non-refueling endurance record for women (1929)

Edna Phillips Rosenbaum (07 jan 1907 – 02 dec 2003 | Reading PA – Philadelphia PA) harpist, master teacher, aka Miss Phillips, commissioned harp solo music

Dorothy Lavinia Brown (07 jan 1919 – 13 jun 2004 | Philadelphia PA – Nashville TN) surgeon, essayist, legislator, educator, orphan / foster child, autobiographical author, inspirational guide book writer, first black female surgeon from Southeastern US, first black TN State Representative, first known single TN woman to legally adopt a child

Dorothy Maclean (07 jan 1920 – Guelph, Ontario) educator, spiritual writer, deva communicator, co-founded Findhorn spiritual community in Scotland

Jenny Belzberg (07 jan 1928 – Calgary, Alberta) Jewish-Canadian philanthropist

Ann Smith Bedsole (07 jan 1930 – Selma AL) politician, philanthropist, businesswoman

Marian Ilitch (07 jan 1933 – Dearborn MI) Macedonian-American philanthropist, businesswoman, Ilitch Charities for Children co-founder, Little Caesars Love Kitchen disaster outreach founder

Marion Meade (07 jan 1934 – Pittsburgh PA) novelist, biographer

Maxine Hough (07 jan 1942 – East Troy WI) educator, politician

Elizabeth [Liz] Safian Berube (07 jan 1943 – Brooklyn NY) inker, editor, colourist, pencillist, cartoonist, comic book artist

Shulamith [Bath Shmuel Ben Ari Feuerstein] Firestone (07 jan 1945 – 28 aug 2012 | Ottawa, Ontario – New York NY) artist, author, cyberfeminist, aka Shulie or Shuloma, Canadian-born American, second wave feminist, psychiatric patient in and out of institutions, founding member of New York Radical Women / Redstockings / New York Radical Feminists

Diane Thomas (07 jan 1946 – 21 oct 1985 | Sault Ste. Marie MI – Malibu CA) screenwriter, died in drunk driving accident

Marshall Chapman (07 jan 1949 – Spartanburg SC) author, actor, singer-songwriter

Erin Gray (07 jan 1950 – Honolulu HI) actress, casting agent, non-fiction author

Jeanne Silverthorne (07 jan 1950 – Philadelphia PA) artist, rubber sculptor

Dionne Brand (07 jan 1953 –  Guayaguayare, Trinidad and Tobago) Canadian poet, novelist, essayist, documentarian, third Poet Laureate of Toronto

Katherine Anne [Katie] Couric (07 jan 1957 –  Arlington VA) author, news anchor, journalist, television personality, documentary film producer

Donna Rice Hughes (07 jan 1958 – Vienna VA) author, speaker, film producer, internet safety expert, president / CEO Enough Is Enough (EIE)

Anne Marie Balsamo (07 jan 1959 – US) author, academic, focuses on connections among art, culture, gender, and technology

Roberta Grossman (07 jan 1959 – Los Angeles CA) documentary film maker, writer, producer, director