01 jan 24 | women.born.today

Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson (24 jan 1822 – 27 feb 1908 | Augusta GA – Macon GA) first US female to earn Bachelor degree, awarded by Wesleyan College (Macon GA)

Catharine [Cate] Merrill (24 jan 1824 – 30 may 1900 | Corydon IN – Indianapolis IN) author, educator, Civil War nurse, second female US university professor

Mary Susan Noailles Murfree (24 jan 1850 – 31 jul 1922 | Murfreesboro TN – Murfreesboro TN) novelist, short story writer, aka Charles Egbert Craddock

Katherine [Kate] Harwood Waller Barnett (24 jan 1857 – 23 feb 1925 | Falmouth VA – Alexandria VA) physician, sociologist, humanitarian, philanthropist, social activist / reformer, founded first home for unwed mothers / National Florence Crittenton Mission

Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (24 jan 1862 – 11 aug 1937 | New York NY – Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France) novelist, designer, short story writer

Florence Fifer Bohrer (24 jan 1877 – 20 jul 1960 | Bloomington IL – Bloomington IL) American, politician, first female Illinois State Senator, women’s / children’s / midwifery activist / legislator

Alice Mary Baldwin (24 jan 1879 – 12 oct 1960 | Lewiston ME – Durham NC) American educator, historian, memoirist, non-fiction author, women’s history activist / proponent, academic dean / administrator

Elisabeth Achelis (24 jan 1880 – 11 feb 1973 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) American calendar reformer, world calendar advocate, autobiographical author

Catherine Lemmon Manning (24 jan 1881 – 14 apr 1957 | Washington DC – Washington DC) US philatelist, National Postal Museum curator, first woman elected to American Philatelic Society

Neysa Moran McMein (24 jan 1888 – 12 may 1949 | Quincy IL – New York NY) artist, illustrator

Florence Winfrey Mills (24 jan 1896 – 01 nov 1927 | Washington DC – New York NY) African-American, aka Queen of Happiness, cabaret singer / dancer / comedian, civil rights activist / supporter / ambassador

Catherine Lucille [C. L.] Moore (24 jan 1911 -04 apr 1987 | Indianapolis IN – Hollywood CA) science-fiction / fantasy writer, professor, co-author with husband Henry Kuttner pen-names: C. H. Liddell, Lewis Padgett, Lawrence O’Donnell

Beatrice Mintz (24 jan 1921 – New York NY) Jewish-American author, embryologist, melanoma specialist, developmental biologist

Santha Rama Rau (24 jan 1923 – 21 apr 2009 | Chennai, India – Amenia NY) Indian-American, novelist, journalist, playwright, travel writer, cookbook author, magazine essayist, short fiction writer

Caroline Doris Gentile (24 jan 1924 – 19 sep 2008 | Newton MA – Presque Isle ME) academic, physical education instructor, longest-serving faculty member at University of Maine at Presque Isle, largest-ever donor to UMainePI for health and physical education complex, namesake for UMainePI scholarship in Health, Physical Education and Recreation or Elementary Education

Marjorie Elliott Sypher de Oduber (24 jan 1925 – 16 apr 2015 | Ottawa, Ontario – San José, Costa Rica) musician, former First Lady of Costa Rica, Canadian-born Costa Rican public figure / political family member

Maria Tallchief (24 jan 1925 – 11 apr 2003 | Fairfax OK – Chicago IL) Scots-Irish-Osage-American, first Native American prima ballerina

Ruth Aiko Asawa (24 jan 1926 – 05 aug 2013 | Norwalk CA – San Francisco CA) Japanese-American sculptor, WWII internee, aka The Fountain Lady, San Francisco School of the Arts founding force [renamed Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts 2010]

Paula Fickes Hawkins (24 jan 1927 – 04 dec 2009 | Salt Lake City UT – Winter Park FL) author, politician, first / only female Florida State Senator, children’s welfare activist / legislator

Phyllis Barbara Bronfman Lambert (24 jan 1927 – Montreal, Quebec) architect, philanthropist, founded Canadian Centre for Architecture

Rita Lakin (24 jan 1930 – US) memoirist, playwright, screenwriter, mystery novelist

Dora Sakayan (24 jan 1931 – Salonica, Greece) Armenian-Canadian author, essayist, translator, applied linguistics scholar, Armenology / Armenian language pioneer in Canadian university studies programs

Betty Lentz Siegel (24 jan 1931 – Cumberland KY) author, academic, first female president University System of Georgia [State], former President Kennesaw State University

Marilou Awiakta (24 jan 1936 – Knoxville TN) poet, essayist, translator, short story writer, US Air Force officer, Eastern Band Cherokee

Mary Helen Ponce (24 jan 1938 – Pacoima CA) Mexican-American, author, novelist, feminist, academic, autobiographical author

Jean Ferris (24 jan 1939 – 30 oct 2015 | Fort Leavenworth KS – San Diego CA) young-adult novelist

Judith Shapiro (24 jan 1942 – New York NY) writer, professor, researcher, anthropologist, former Barnard College President

Janice G. Raymond (24 jan 1943 – US) author, professor, radical feminist lesbian activist, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) leader / activist

Barbara Sullivan (24 jan 1943 – Calgary, Alberta) journalist, former politician

Susan Bordo (24 jan 1947 – Newark NJ) Jewish-American, author, feminist philosopher, contemporary body / cultural studies specialist

Ellen Benjamin Thomas (24 jan 1947 – Brooklyn NY) peace activist, anti-nuclear advocate, tax resister by living below income tax threshold, Proposition One Non-Radioactive Nuclear Review multimedia traveling troupe leader

Isabella Russell-Ides (24 jan 1948 – Texas US) poet, playwright, memoirist

Sofia Landon Geier (24 jan 1949 – Montreal, Quebec) actress, soap opera writer

Renee Amoore (24 jan 1953 – Bryn Mawr PA) professor, former nurse, civil rights activist, born Juanita Ramsey, health care advocate, founder / president The Amoore Group Inc.

Wendy Mae Chambers (24 jan 1953 – New Jersey US) large-scale music event maker / composer

Irene Miracle (24 jan 1954 – Stillwater OK) tv / film actress, film director

Chao-ting Wu (24 jan 1954 – New Haven CT) professor, genetics researcher, molecular biologist, founding director of Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd)

Lynda Susan Weinman (24 jan 1955 – Hollywood CA) author, speaker, essayist, computer instructor, business owner, multi-media studies professor, self-taught special effects animator

Barbara Ann Perry (24 jan 1956 – Louisville KY) author, feminist, professor, biographer, national media commentator, US Presidency and Supreme Court expert / specialist