01 jan 12 | women.born.today

Caroline Maria Seymour Severance (12 jan 1820 – 10 nov 1914 | Canandaigua NY – Los Angeles CA) author, abolitionist, suffragist, women’s clubs founder, aka The Mother of Clubs, first woman registered to vote in California State

Laura Adams Armer (12 jan 1874 – 16 mar 1963 | Sacramento CA – Yolo CA) artist, writer, photographer

Lucy Allen Smart (12 jan 1877 – 07 sep 1960 | Steubenville OH – Forest Hills NY) author, editor, historian, librarian, American women’s historical performance artist, curator for Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society Museum, co-edited and co-authored (though uncredited) The Archaeological Atlas of Ohio

Beatrice Banning Ayer Patton (12 jan 1886 – 30 sep 1953 | Haverhill MA – Hamilton MA) author, sailor, speaker, translator, equestrian

Theresa Helburn (12 jan 1887 – 18 aug 1959 | New York NY – Norwalk CT) theatrical producer, autobiographical author

Florence Mary MacBeth (12 jan 1891 – 05 may 1966 Mankato MN – Hyattsville MD) operatic soprano, Los Angeles Opera Guild organizer

Jane Novak (12 jan 1896 – 01 feb 1990 | St Louis MO – Woodland Hills CA) silent film actress, cookbook author

Mabel McKay (12 jan 1907 – 31 may 1993 | Nice CA – Sonoma CA) Native American, basketweaver, last Cache Pomo Dreamer

Ruth Goodman Goetz (12 jan 1908 – 12 oct 2001 | Philadelphia PA – Englewood NJ) playwright, screenwriter

Mary Rosamund Haas (12 jan 1910 – 17 may 1996 | Alameda CA – Alameda CA) author, translator, historical linguist

Emily Mason (12 jan 1935 – New York NY) color field / lyrical abstract painter

Bernardine Ohrnstein Dohrn (12 jan 1942 – Milwaukee WI) author, law professor, former radical / revolutionary activist, SDS / Weather Underground leader

Hilary Mary Frayne Weston (12 jan 1942 – Dublin, Ireland) Irish-Canadian author, politician, fashion maven, businesswoman, founded Ireland Fund of Canada, established Winter Garden Show, social / cultural / early education / environmental activist, co-founded / chaired the Canadian Environment Educational Foundation, most successful fundraiser in CAN cultural history

Nancy Pearl (12 jan 1945 – Detroit MI) author, librarian, literary critic, public radio commentator

Peggy Willis-Aarnio (12 jan 1948 – Tampa FL) author, historian, choreographer, classical ballet teacher

Hélène Rioux (12 jan 1949 – Montreal, Quebec) writer, novelist, translator, literary columnist

Mary Harron (12 jan 1953 – Bracebridge, Ontario) director, filmmaker, researcher, screenwriter

Jane Ira Bloom (12 jan 1955 – Boston MA) jazz composer, soprano saxophonist, Guggenheim Fellow in composition, asteroid 6083 Janeirabloom namesake

Celia S. Friedman (12 jan 1957 – New York NY) author, educator, former costume designer, speculative fiction novelist and short fiction writer

Sonya Lea (12 jan 1960 – US) essayist, memoirist, film director, screenwriter, writing teacher at non-profit Hugo House and with Red Badge Project for female service members and veterans