01 jan 15 | women.born.today

Abigail [Abby] Kelley Foster (15 jan 1811 – 14 jan 1887 | Pelham MA – Worcester MA) suffragist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist, radical social reformer

Constance Faunt Le Roy Runcie (15 jan 1836 – 17 may 1911 | Indianapolis IN – Winnetka MO) poet, artist, author, pianist, composer, short story writer

Katharine Bement Davis (15 jan 1860 – 10 dec 1935 | Buffalo NY – Pacific Grove CA) author, criminologist, progressive era social reformer, first female NYC Correction Commissioner, science-based prison reformer, groundbreaking female sexuality researcher, first US female political science / economics PhD

Loïe Fuller (15 jan 1862 – 01 jan 1928 | Fullersburg IL – Paris, France) dancer, memoirist, choreographer, free dance practitioner, stage lighting artist / inventor / patent holder

Frances Benjamin Johnston (15 jan 1864 – 16 may 1952 | Grafton WV – New Orleans LA) pioneering photographer, early female photojournalist

Alice Rohe (15 jan 1876 – 07 apr 1957 | Lawrence KS – New York NY) author, journalist, Etruscan art objects collector, joined first US women’s journalism association, WWI first female overseas bureau chief (in Rome) for United Press

Mazo Louise de la Roche (15 jan 1879 – 12 jul 1961 | Newmarket, Ontario – Toronto, Ontario) playwright, serial novelist, short fiction writer, autobiographical author

Euphemia Charlton Fortune (15 jan 1885 – 15 may 1969 | Sausalito CA – Carmel CA) liturgical designer, Impressionist painter

Theora Alton Hamblett  (15 jan 1895 – 06 mar 1977 | Paris MS – Oxford MS) teacher, pointillist painter, religious visionary, first Mississippi artist exhibited at MoMA

Juanita Leavitt Pulsipher Brooks (15 jan 1898 – 26 aug 1989 | Bunkerville NV – St George UT) author, historian, professor, Mormon / American West specialist

Irene Corbally Kuhn (15 jan 1898 – 30 dec 1995 | New York NY – Concord MA) journalist, memoirist, syndicated columnist, founding member Overseas Press Club

Edna Louise Cress Staebler (15 jan 1906 – 12 sep 2006 | Berlin, Ontario – Waterloo, Ontario) author, essayist, journalist, literary critic, Mennonite cookbook writer, born Cora Margaret Cress (later changed legally to Edna Louise Cress), created Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Florence Rhein Bayard Bird (15 jan 1908 – 18 jul 1998 | Philadelphia PA – Ottawa, Ontario) author, memoirist, journalist, broadcaster, Canadian Senator, Chair of Royal Commission on the Status of Women

Kathleen Wilson Pilkington (15 jan 1911 – 20 jul 2005 | Girard KS – Falmouth ME) American-British radio script writer

Ruth Slenczynska (15 jan 1925 – Sacramento CA) Russian-American pianist, memoirist, non-fiction author, artist-in-residence

Ida Lewis Guillory (15 jan 1929 – Lake Charles LA) aka Queen Ida, American Creole, accordionist, music producer, cookbook author, first female accordionist to lead Zydeco band

Lee Bontecou (15 jan 1931 – Providence RI) artist, sculptor, printmaker

Arlie Russell Hochschild (15 jan 1940 – Boston MA) author, academic, founder of the sociology of emotion, professor emerita, sociological specialist of emotions, genders, and politics,

Jaune Quick–to–See Smith (15 jan 1940 – Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation MT) abstract painter / printmaker, collaborative public installation artist, Native American artist / arts activist / curator / organizer

Mary Carruthers (15 jan 1941 – US) author, professor, memory / mnemonics / medieval literature / history of spirituality specialist

Bonnie Burnard (15 jan 1945 – Petrolia, Ontario) novelist, short fiction author

Karen Carlson (15 jan 1945 – Shreveport LA) actress, director, screenwriter

Dini Petty (15 jan 1945 – Kingston-upon-Thames UK) children’s author, English-Canadian tv / radio host, first Toronto female traffic reporter / helicopter pilot

Veronica Tennant (15 jan 1946 – London UK) English-Canadian filmmaker, producer, director, former Principal Dancer with National Ballet of Canada

Dawn-Michelle Baude (15 jan 1959 – Belleville IL) poet, essayist, educator, journalist, translator, fiction / nonfiction author