01 jan 16 | women.born.today

Virginia Caroline Tunstall Clay-Clopton (16 jan 1825 – 23 jan 1915 | Nash County NC – Gurley AL) author, memoirist, political wife, suffragist, United Daughters of the Confederacy member

Ellen Russell Emerson (16 jan 1837 – 12 jun 1907 | New Sharon ME – Cambridge MA) author, ethnologist

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (16 jan 1843 – 19 jun 1864 | New York NY – New Orleans LA) US folk figure, aka Lyons Wakeman, letter correspondent, disguised female Civil War Union soldier

Ella Flagg Young (16 jan 1844 – 26 oct 1918 | Buffalo NY – Washington DC) author, essayist, theorist, educator, first female superintendent of major school district, first female president of National Education Association (NEA)

Anna Agnes Maley (16 jan 1872 – 24 nov 1918 | Faxon MN – Minneapolis MN) teacher, journalist, political activist, newspaper editor

Margaret Wilhelmina Wilson (16 jan 1882 – 06 oct 1973 | Traer IA – Droitwich UK) novelist, aka G.D. Turner

Claudine West (16 jan 1884 – 11 apr 1943 | Nottingham UK – Beverly Hills CA) British-American novelist, screenwriter

Ruth Schoedsack Rose (16 jan 1896 – 08 jun 1978 | Somerville MA – Santa Monica CA) screenwriter, King Kong classic movie writer / editor

Margaret Booth (16 jan 1898 – 28 oct 2002 | Los Angeles CA – Los Angeles CA) film editor, producer

Laura Reichental Riding (16 jan 1901 – 02 sep 1991 | New York NY – Sebastian FL) poet, critic, novelist, essayist, short story writer, member of The Fugitives

Gilda Galán (16 jan 1917 – 21 jun 2009 | Guayama, Puerto Rico – Carolina, Puerto Rico) poet, author, actress, dramatist, comedian, scriptwriter

Doris Gwendolyn Willett Tate (16 jan 1924 – 10 jul 1992 | Houston TX – Palos Verdes CA) Crime Victims Rights Movement leader, mother of Manson murder victim Sharon Tate, Coalition on Victims’ Equal Rights (COVER) founder

Joy Hakim (16 jan 1931 – Forest Hills NY) author, historian, schoolteacher, young adult science / history writer

Dian Fossey (16 jan 1932 – c. 26 dec 1985 | San Francisco CA – Virunga Mountains, Rwanda) author, zoologist, primatologist, anthropologist, mountain gorilla researcher / conservationist, murdered in her tent (open unsolved case)

Elaine Baxter (16 jan 1933 – Chicago IL) schoolteacher, state politician, civic activist / preservationist

Susan Rosenblatt Sontag (16 jan 1933 – 28 dec 2004 | New York NY – New York NY) author, novelist, teacher, essayist, bisexual, filmmaker, playwright, social / political activist, public intellectual

Judy Jacobson Erola (16 jan 1934 – Sudbury, Ontario) former politician, tv / radio broadcaster, first female Canadian weather reporter, first female Minister for Status of Women, Equal Voice board member, Canadian women in politics activist / advocate / supporter

Marilyn Horne (16 jan 1934 – Bradford PA) memoirist, autobiographical author, operatic mezzo-soprano, founded Marilyn Horne Foundation, vocal recital preservationist, Voice Program Director at Music Academy of the West (CA)

Linda King Newell (16 jan 1941 – US) author, biographer, Mormon historian

Donna Lewis Friess (16 jan 1943 – Los Angeles CA) author, professor, incest survivor, public speaker, children’s rights / child abuse prevention activist

Marcelite J. Harris (16 jan 1943 – Houston TX) civil rights activist, first African-American female US Air Force General, NAACP Atlanta (GA) Branch treasurer

Jill Cornell Tarter (16 jan 1944 – US) author, astronomer, extraterrestrial life researcher

Honey Lee Cottrell (16 jan 1946 – 21 sep 2015 | Astoria OR – Santa Cruz CA) lesbian activist, filmmaker, photographer, San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project co-founder

Laura Catherine Schlessinger (16 jan 1947 – Brooklyn NY) author, aka Dr. Laura, psychologist, talk radio host, marriage / family therapist, socially conservative commentator

Ruth Reichl (16 jan 1948 – New York NY) chef, novelist, memoirist, food writer, cookbook author, culinary editor, last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine

Linda Arrigo (16 jan 1949 – Virginia US) author, political activist, human rights advocate, academic researcher, international affairs officer for Green Party Taiwan

Anne F. Beiler (16 jan 1949 – Lancaster County PA) memoirist, Old Order Amish, businesswoman, autobiographical author, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels founder

Deborah Kaye [Debbie] Allen (16 jan 1950 – Houston TX) actress, dancer, tv producer, tv / film director, choreographer, member US President’s Committee on the Arts

Harriet Scott Chessman (16 jan 1951 – Newark OH) novelist, nonfiction author

Mary Karr (16 jan 1955 – Texas US) poet, feminist, essayist, memoirist, Guggenheim Fellow, pro-choice / pro-women’s ordination Catholic convert

Marla Frazee (16 jan 1958 – Los Angeles CA) children’s author / illustrator

Juanita Bynum (16 jan 1959 – Chicago IL) author, actress, gospel singer, Pentecostal televangelist

Anita Alvarez (16 jan 1960 – Chicago IL) lawyer, first Hispanic female IL State Attorney