01 jan 09 | women.born.today

Sarah Pierpont Edwards (09 jan 1710 – 02 oct 1758 | New Haven CT – Philadelphia PA) author, mystic, pioneer woman, minister’s wife

Rebecca Boone (09 dec 1739 – 18 mar 1813 | Winchester VA – Defiance MO) Quaker pioneer, folk figure, tavern keeper, community midwife, Kentucky State politician’s wife

Anna Bishop Riviere (09 jan 1810 – 19 mar 1884 | London UK – New York NY) English-American operatic bel canto soprano

Jennie Jerome Churchill (09 jan 1854 – 29 jun 1921 | Brooklyn NY – London UK) American-English, magazine editor, mother of Winston Churchill

Lizette Woodworth Reese (09 jan 1856 – 17 dec 1935 | Waverly MD – Baltimore MD) poet

Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton (09 jan 1857 – 25 feb 1934 | New York NY – Bronx NY) author, botanist, bryologist, educator

Carrie Chapman Catt (09 jan 1859 – 09 mar 1947 | Ripon WI – New Rochelle NY) suffragist, social activist, pamphleteer

Helen Lukens Gaut (09 jan 1872 – 17 jan 1955 | Rock Falls IL – Los Angeles CA) artist, painter, travel writer, photographer, photojournalist

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (09 jan 1875 – 18 apr 1942 | New York NY – New York NY) sculptor, art patron / collector, Whitney Museum of American Art founder

Emily Newell Blair (09 jan 1877 – 03 aug 1951 | Joplin MO – Alexandria VA) author, feminist, suffragist, Women’s Committee historian, MO suffrage publication editor, co-founded League of Women Voters, principal founder Woman’s National Democratic Club, first female national vice-chair US Democratic party

Ida Cohen Rosenthal (09 jan 1886 – 28 mar 1973 | Rakaw, Russian Empire – New York NY) dressmaker, businesswoman, co-founded Maidenform Bras

Ruth Fairchild Rogers (09 jan 1893 – 07 sep 1978 | Albion MI – Albion MI) editor, dental hygienist, fluoride activist / advocate, American Dental Assistants’ Association co-founder / president

Maurine Neuberger (09 jan 1907 – 22 feb 2000 | Cloverdale OR – Portland OR) author, politician, photographer, first / only female Oregon State Senator

Gypsy Rose Lee (09 jan 1911 – 26 apr 1970 | Seattle WA – Los Angeles CA) dancer, memoirist, playwright, mystery writer

Louise McNeill Pease (09 jan 1911 – 18 jun 1993 | Buckeye WV – Charleston WV) poet, essayist, Appalachian historian

Virginia Bickley Harper (09 jan 1915 – 09 jun 2002 | Dougherty GA – Aiken SC) US Manhattan Project member

Mollie Orshansky (09 jan 1915 – 18 dec 2006 | Bronx NY – Manhattan NY) writer, economist, statistician, developed Orshansky Poverty Thresholds (used by US Social Security Administration to determine levels of poverty guidelines)

Lynn Culbreath Noel (09 jan 1926 – Philadelphia PA) African-American news reporter, documentarian

Polly Platt (09 jan 1927 – 26 dec 2008 | Bryn Mawr PA – Vienna, Austria) author, public speaker, French-American specialist, Culture Crossings training company founder / seminar leader

Judith Krantz (09 jan 1928 – New York NY) Jewish-American romance novelist

K Callan (09 jan 1936 – Dallas TX) actress, nonfiction author, born Katherine Elizabeth Borman

Sybil [Anne] Rivers Siddons (09 jan 1936 – Fairburn GA) Southern US novelist

Peggie Lois Hartwell (09 jan 1939 – Springfield SC) former dancer, fine arts quilter, fourth-generation African-American quilter, children’s arts / quilting educator, Chairperson of Summerville Chapter of Women of Color Quilters Network

Joan Chandos Baez (09 jan 1941 – Staten Island NY) musician, folk singer-songwriter, autobiographical author, civil / LGBT / political / children’s / human rights / environmental activist, co-founded Institute for Study of Nonviolence (later Resource Center for Nonviolence), US section of Amnesty International co-founder / supporter

Ariel Bybee (09 jan 1943 – Reno NV) author, mezzo-soprano soloist, voice teacher, university opera director

Linda Joyce Greenhouse (09 jan 1947 – New York NY) journalist, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Distinguished Journalist in Residence

Jane Slaughter (09 jan 1949 – US) editor, author, co-author, journalist, labor affairs specialist, Labor Notes staff member

M. Juliana [Julie] McElrath (09 jan 1951 – US) essayist, leading international HIV immunology / vaccine researcher, director / senior vice president of vaccine and infectious disease division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Margaret L. Klenck (09 jan 1953 – Reading PA) author, former stage / screen actor, Jungian analyst, president of Jungian Psychoanalytic Association

Michiko [Michi] Kakutani (09 jan 1955 – New Haven CT) Japanese-American critic, writer, NY Times Pulitzer Prize winning literary critic

Alexandra Bugailiskis (09 jan 1956 – Hamilton, Ontario) Canadian diplomat, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Diplomat in Residence

Sally Satel (09 jan 1956 – US) author, lecturer, essayist, psychiatrist

Alison Dundes Renteln (09 jan 1960 – US) author, professor of political science, anthropology, law, and public policy, legal cultural defense advocate