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Virginia Penny (18 jan 1826 – 04 apr 1913 | Louisville KY – Wards Island NY) author, economist, suffragist, social reformer, employment agency owner for women, first to study women’s labor markets

Sarah Blakeslee Chase (18 jan 1837 – 01 apr 1914 | New Richmond OH – Toledo OH) birth control activist, homeopathic gynecologist, first female admitted to Medical Society of Cleveland and to Homœopathic Association of Ohio

Alice H. Putnam (18 jan 1841 – 19 jan 1919 | Chicago IL – Chicago IL) educator, pioneer in kindergarten education, opened first private kindergarten in Chicago

Emma Bertha Delany (18 jan 1871 – 07 oct 1922 | Fernandina Beach FL – Fernandina Beach FL) African-American missionary fundraiser, Baptist missionary to Malawai and Liberia in Africa, co-founded Providence Industrial Mission (Malawi) and Suehn Industrial Mission (Liberia)

Irene Osgood Andrews (18 jan 1877 – 01 feb 1963 | Big Rapids MI – New York NY) author, social activist, women’s labor expert

Pearl Anderson Wanamaker (18 jan 1899 – 04 dec 1984 | Mabana WA  – Seattle WA) author, legislator, politician, short story writer, public instruction superintendent

Mollie Huston Lee (18 jan 1907 – 26 jan 1982 | Columbus OH – Raleigh NC) African-American author, librarian, public library founder, public library community outreach leader / activist / innovator

Gwethalyn Graham Erichsen-Brown (18 jan 1913 – 25 nov 1965 | Toronto, Ontario – Montreal, Quebec) novelist, first Canadian novelist to become #1 NYTimes Best Seller

Elizabeth [Liz] Walbert Crandall (18jan 1914 – 09 nov 2009 | Columbus KS – Brusnwick ME) author, feminist, essayist, home economist, environmentalist, women’s rights activist

Shelby Hearon (18 jan 1931 – Marion KY) novelist, short story writer

Linda Mary Montano (18 jan 1942 – Saugerties NY) sculptor, performance artist

Denise Bombardier (18 jan 1941 – Montreal, Quebec) novelist, essayist, journalist, producer, media personality

Kay Granger (18 jan 1943 – Greenville TX) author, politician

Janet Sternburg (18 jan 1943 – Boston MA) poet, essayist, memoirist, fine art photographer

Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden (18 jan 1944 – New York NY) consultant, urban planner

LaVonne Salleé (18 jan 1946 – Roswell NM) found / recycled / conceptual artist

Kiki Smith (18 jan 1954 – Nuremberg, West Germany) West German-born American artist, author, sculptor, drawer, printmaker

Victoria Valentine (18 jan 1954 – Westchester NY) poet, author, entrepreneur, indie book publisher