01 jan 21 | women.born.today

Eliza Roxcy Smith Snow Young (21 jan 1804 – 05 dec 1887 | Becket MA – Salt Lake City UT) poet, Mormon historian, married to Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Lorenzo Snow

Anna White (21 jan 1831 – 16 dec 1910 | Brooklyn NY – Mount Lebanon NY) Shaker religious sister, social / political / peace activist

Willie Betty Newman (21 jan 1863 – 06 feb 1935 | Murfreesboro TN – Nashville TN) portrait artist, exhibited in Paris salons

Zelda Paldi Sears (21 jan 1873 – 19 feb 1935 | Brockway MI – Hollywood CA) painter, actress, novelist, playwright, librettist, screenwriter, newspaper columnist

Concha Meléndez (21 jan 1895 – 26 jun 1983 | Caguas, Puerto Rico – San Juan, Puerto Rico) poet, author, educator, professor emeritus, first woman in history of Mexico to earn a PhD, first female member of Puerto Rican Academy of Languages

Fanchon Royer (21 jan 1902 – 13 dec 1981 | Des Moines IA – Teziutlan, Mexico) journalist, publicist, film producer, screenwriter, playwright, theatre director

Bess Lomax Hawes (21 jan 1921 – 27 nov 2009 | Austin TX – Portland OR) folklorist, memoirist, researcher, folk musician, folk music scholar, WWII Office of War Information radio broadcaster, professor of anthropology, created National Heritage Fellowships, first Director of NEA’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program

Evelyn Hofer (21 jan 1922 – 02 nov 2009 | Marburg, Germany – Mexico City, Mexico) German-American, author, portrait and documentary photographer

Marjorie Eilers [Nonnie] Moore (21 jan 1922 – 19 feb 2009 | Plainfield NJ – Manhattan NY)  fashion editor at Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ

Dina Gottliebová Babbitt (21 jan 1923 – 29 jul 2009 | Brno, Czechoslovakia – Felton CA) artist, sculptor, animator, watercolorist, Holocaust survivor, Auschwitz portrait painter

Judith Josephine Grossman (21 jan 1923 – 12 sep 1997 | Boston MA – Toronto CA) editor, political activist, science fiction author, pen name Judith Merril, short fiction writer, aka The Little Mother of Science Fiction

Patricia Ann McGillis Locke (21 jan 1928 – 20 oct 2001 | Fort Hall ID – Phoenix AZ) activist-educator, converted to Bahá’í, Lakota name Tawacin WasteWin, first Native American woman to serve on National Spiritual Assembly of US Bahá’ís

Norma Champion (21 jan 1933 – US) retired professor, former state politician, former children’s tv show host, first female inducted into Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Blu Greenberg (21 jan 1936 – Seattle WA) poet, writer, professor, modern Judaism / women’s issues specialist

Lynn Schusterman (21 jan 1939 – Kansas City MO) philanthropist, Jewish arts / culture / education supporter, chair / co-founder Charles and Lynnn Schusterman Family Foundation

Margaret Read MacDonald (21 jan 1940 – Indiana US) folklorist, storyteller, librarian, children’s author, folklore / storytelling educator

Elaine Cottler Showalter (21 jan 1941 – Boston MA) critic, author, scholar, feminist, developed concept / practice of gynocritics, co-founded US academic field of feminist literary criticism

Gretel Ehrlich (21 jan 1946 – Santa Barbara CA) poet, essayist, travel writer

Carolyn Zonailo (21 jan 1947 – Vancouver, British Columbia) poet, publisher, founded Caitlin Press, studied Jungian psychology, mythology, astrology

Jane Holland Smith (21 jan 1948 – Sabine Parish LA) retired educator, former State politician, family / health and fitness activist / advocate

Constance Laux (21 jan 1952 – Cleveland OH) romance novelist, pen names: Connie Deka, Connie Lane, Casey Daniels, Kylie Logan, Zoe Daniels, Miranda Bliss

Penny Severns (21 jan 1952 – 21 feb 1998 | Decatur IL – Decatur IL) State politician, secret lesbian, namesake for Penny Severns Breast and Cervial Cancer Research Fund

Virginia Elizabeth [Geena] Davis (21 jan 1956 – Wareham MA) writer, actress, film producer, former archer, social activist, founded Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Susanne Mentzer (21 jan 1957 – Philadelphia PA) operatic mezzo-soprano, former university professor / now private voice teacher

Deborah Scaling Kiley (21 jan 1958 – 13 aug 2012 | Throckmorton TX – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) author, sailor, author, speaker, businesswoman, first US woman to complete Whitbread Round the World Race