01 jan 17 | women.born.today

Mary Jane Coggeshall (17 jan 1836 – 22 dec 1911 | Milton IN – Des Moines IA) writer, speaker, suffragist, first editor Woman’s Standard, aka the Mother of Woman Suffrage in Iowa, first woman west of Mississippi to join the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)

Alva Erskine Smith Belmont (17 jan 1853 – 26 jan 1933 | Mobile AL – Paris, France) socialite, suffragist, librettist, philanthropist, multi-millionaire, architectural endower / decorator

Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Gerry (17 jan 1873 – 21 dec 1958 | Newport RI – Providence RI) socialite, social activist, philanthropist, wealthiest woman in Rhode Island

Josie Bassett (17 jan 1874 – 01 may 1964 | Hot Springs AR – Jensen UT) rancher, Western folk figure, affiliated with The Wild Bunch Gang

Cora Wilson Stewart (17 jan 1875 – 02 dec 1958 | Farmers KY – Columbus NC) educator, social reformer, founded Moonlight Schools to teach illiterate adults

Vera de Bosset Stravinsky (17 jan 1888 – 17 sep 1982 | St Petersburg, Russia – New York NY) German-Russian-American artist, dancer

Evelyn Dunn Scott (17 jan 1893 – 03 aug 1963 | Clarksville TN – New York NY) poet, critic, novelist, essayist, playwright, aka Daughter of Tennessee

Helmi Dagmar Juvonen (17 jan 1903 – 18 oct 1985 | Butte MT – Elma WA) Finnish-American artist, arts activist, puppeteer, dollmaker, illustrator, printmaker, Pacific Northwest specialist

Peggy Gilbert (17 jan 1902 – 12 feb 2007 | Sioux City IA – Hollywood CA) multi-instrumentalist, pioneer all-girl bandleader, women’s musician advocate, WWII USO volunteer entertainer, née Margaret Fern Knechtges

Edith Louise Starrett Green (17 jan 1910 – 21 apr 1987 | Trent SD – Tualatin OR) educator, politician, Title IX advocate, women’s rights / education activist, second female US Representative in Oregon State

Ruth Swanson Venn (17 jan 1910 – 27 jan 2003 | Michigan US – Battle Creek MI) baker, franchise bakery businesswoman, Archway Cookies founder / director

Nora Kaye (17 jan 1920 – 28 feb 1987 | New York NY – Los Angeles CA) Jewish-Russian-American, ballerina, producer, choreographer, art collector, aka The Duse of Dance

Hannah Tompkins (17 jan 1920 – 25 oct 1995 | New York NY – Clearwater FL) Russian-Polish-Jewish-American artist, printmaker, Shakespeare-based painter

Lorna Cooke deVaron (17 jan 1921 – Western Springs IL) choral conductor, choral conducting teacher / professor

Eloise R. Giblett (17 jan 1921 – 16 sep 2009 | Tacoma WA – Seattle WA) hematologist, medical pioneer, genetic scientist, research professor, discovered first immunodeficiency disease

Betty Marion White Ludden (17 jan 1922 – Oak Park IL) writer, actress, comedian, social icon

Jewel Plummer Cobb (17 jan 1924 – 01 jan 2017 | Chicago IL – Maplewood NJ) African-American, author, biologist, cancer researcher, academic administrator, first black woman to lead California State University, Fullerton

Eartha Kitt (17 jan 1927 – 25 dec 2008 | North SC – Weston CT) singer, dancer, author, activist, memoirist, comedian, voice artist, née Eartha Mae Keith, German-Cherokee-African-American

Shari Lewis (17 jan 1933 – 02 aug 1998 | New York NY – Los Angeles CA) puppeteer, ventriloquist, children’s entertainer

Martha P. Cotera (17 jan 1938 – Chihuahua, Mexico) Mexican-American, author, librarian, Chicana / feminist activist, founded Chicana Research and Learning Center [Austin, Texas]

Wendy Masako Yoshimura (17 jan 1943 – Manzanar Internment Camp CA) Japanese-American artist, author, art teacher, still life watercolor painter, former radical political activist

Jessica Benjamin (17 jan 1946 – Washington DC) author, feminist, psychoanalyst, social thought expert / specialist

Lucy Saroyan (17 jan 1946 – 11 apr 2003 | San Francisco CA – Thousand Oaks CA) actress, photographer, film library archivist

Helaine Head (17 jan 1947 – Los Angeles CA) tv / film / theatre director, professor of directing USC School of Cinematic Arts

Anita Borg (17 jan 1949 – 06 apr 2003 | Chicago IL – Sonoma CA) author, computer scientist, women’s activist / advocate

Emily Rooney (17 jan 1950 – Rowayton CT) journalist, identical twin, tv / radio talk show host, former news producer, television personality

Monique Proulx (17 jan 1952 – Quebec City, Quebec) novelist, screenwriter, short fiction writer

Geraldine Lee Richmond (17 jan 1953 – Salina KS) author, chemist, physical chemist, academic chair, Director and co-Founder of COACh international grassroots mentoring / advocacy group for women scientists

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago (17 jan 1954 – Puerto Rico) author, distinguished professor, expert in public policy, social capital, community development, migration of women, diversity management, organizational leadership

Ann [Annie] Nocenti (17 jan 1957 – US) comics writer, editor, teacher, journalist, filmmaker, documentary co-director

Liz Balmaseda (17 jan 1959 – Puerto Padre, Cuba) Cuban-American, two-time Pultizer Prize-winning journalist in Commentary and Breaking-News Reporting