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Ida Whipple Benham (08 jan 1849 – 21 may 1903 | Quakertown CT –  Ledyard CT) poet, hymnist, educator, peace activist, American Peace Society director, Universal Peace Union executive committee member

Fanny Bullock Workman (08 jan 1859 – 22 jan 1925 | Worcester MA – Cannes, France) author, explorer, geographer, cartographer

Ellen Churchill Semple (08 jan 1863 – 08 may 1932 | Louisville KY – West Palm Beach FL) author, geographer, Presidential advisor, president American Geographers, first female president of any US academic organization

Mary Kenney O’Sullivan (08 jan 1864 – 18 jan 1943 | Hannibal MO – West Medford MA) bookbinder, dressmaker, settlement house activist, labor movement organizer, founded Women’s Trade Union League, Inspector for MA Board of Labor and Industries

Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle (08 jan 1865 – 07 jan 1934 | South Columbia NY – New York NY) illustrator, commercial artist, prolific souvenir / postcard / greeting card artist

Emily Greene Balch (08 jan 1867 – 09 jan 1961 | Jamaica Plain MA – Cambridge MA) author, Quaker, economist, Nobel Prize winner

Sarah Jane Layton Walker Cahier (08 jan 1870 – 15 apr 1951 | Nashville TN – Manhattan Beach CA) master teacher / vocal coach, contralto / mezzo-soprano opera and lieder singer, dual American-Swedish citizenship

Linnie Marsh Wolfe (08 jan 1881 – 15 sep 1945 | Big Rapids MI – Berkeley CA) author, librarian, biographer, Pulitzer Prize winner

Alice Elinor Lambert (08 jan 1886 – 19 feb 1981 | OR or CA – Marysville WA) columnist, romance novelist

Nancy Faulkner (08 jan 1906 – 10 mar 2002 | Lynchburg VA – New York NY) author, young adult’s historical novelist

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck (08 jan 1908 – 23 apr 2006 | Kiev, Russia – Blue Bell PA) Russian-American author, modern dance pioneer / pedagogue, Philadelphia Dance Academy founder / director

Evelyn Nielsen Wood (08 jan 1909 – 26 aug 1995 | Logan UT – Tucson AZ) educator, businesswoman, speed reading expert

Alice Lee Marriott (08 jan 1910 – 01 jan 1992 | Wilmette IL – Oklahoma City OK) author, anthropologist, ethnographer

Frances Rich (08 jan 1910 – 14 oct 2007 | Spokane WA – Payson AZ) actress, sculptor, Lieutenant Director US Navy Reserves, Public Relations Director at Smith College

Annabelle Lyon (08 jan 1916 – 04 nov 2011 | New York NY – Mansfield MA) ballerina

Caroline Rose Hunt (08 jan 1923 – Texas US) author, heiress, hotelier, philanthropist

Evelyn Schulman Lear (08 jan 1926 – 01 jul 2012 | Brooklyn NY – Sandy Spring MD) operatic soprano, Fulbright Scholar

Alexandra Ripley (08 jan 1934 – 10 jan 2004 | Charleston SC – Richmond VA) novelist, pseudonym: B. K. Ripley

Camille Yarbrough (08 jan 1938 – Chicago IL) poet, author, activist, actress, musician, television producer

Carolina Herrera (08 jan 1939 – Caracas, Venezuela) Venezuelan-American fashion designer, designs for US First Ladies, born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño

Brigette Caroline [Nena] von Schlebrügge (08 jan 1941 – Mexico City, Mexico) Swedish-American, former fashion model, former managing director of NY Open Center and Tibet House US, Menla Mountain Retreat managing director

Nancy Barbara Bond (08 jan 1945 – Bethesda MD) librarian, professor, children’s author

Betty Beaumont (08 jan 1946 – Toronto, Ontario) Canadian-American site-specific conceptual / cross-disciplinary installation artist, sculptor, photographer

Marty Davis (08 jan 1948 – Detroit MI) broadcast journalist, former network radio and television news anchor

Karen Tei Yamashita (08 jan 1951 – Oakland CA) Japanese-American novelist, professor, playwright

Valerie Fox (08 jan 1954 – New York NY) professional coach, creative and executive director, Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ) co-founder

Vanessa Theme Ament (08 jan 1955 – Glendale CA)  author, musician, academic, professor, Foley artist, voice artist

Wendy Mesley (08 jan 1957 – Montreal, Quebec) tv host, reporter, broadcast journalist, breast cancer survivor

Elizabeth [Betsy] Prince DeVos (08 jan 1958 – Holland MI) philanthropist, businesswoman, US Secretary of Education-elect, arts / social / education / charter school activist