01 jan 26 | women.born.today

Julia Boggs Dent Grant (26 jan 1826 – 14 dec 1902 | St Louis MO – Washington DC) memoirist, US Presidential First Lady

Mary Mapes Dodge (26 jan 1831 – 21 aug 1905 | New York NY – Tannersville NY) editor, children’s book author

Franzisca Bernadina Wilhelmina Elisabeth [Elisabet] Ney (26 jan 1833 – 29 jun 1907 | Münster, Germany – Austin TX) German-American sculptor

Anna Eliza Hardy (26 jan 1839 – 15 dec 1934 | Bangor ME – Jamaica Plain MA) artist, still-life specialist

Mabel Osgood Wright (26 jan 1859 – 16 jul 1934 | New York NY – Fairfield CT) bird / nature / gardening author

Gertrude Farquharson Boyle Kanno (26 jan 1878 – 14 aug 1937 | San Francisco CA – San Francisco CA) editor, sculptor

Josephine Dillon Gable (26 jan 1884 – 11 nov 1971 | Denver CO – Glendale CA) author, acting teacher, film / stage actress, unpublished autobiographical author

Elizabeth [Bessie] Coleman (26 jan 1892 – 30 apr 1926 | Atlanta TX – Jacksonville FL) African-American, first black US female aviator, studied in France since US aviation schools did not allow black or female students

Zara Frances Cully (26 jan 1892 – 28 feb 1978 | Worcester MA – Los Angeles CA) tv actress at age 74, stage play actor / writer / producer / director, aka Florida’s Dean of Drama and One of the World’s Greatest Elocutionists

Carrie Mary McLain (26 jan 1895 – 30 may 1973 | Astoria NY – Nome AK) author, teacher, Nome museum namesake

May Sullivan Miller (26 jan 1899 – 08 feb 1995 | Washington DC – Washington DC) African-American poet, playwright, educator, member of Harlem Renaissance

Madeline Gleason (26 jan 1903 – 22 apr 1979 | Fargo ND – San Francisco CA) poet, dramatist, San Francisco Poetry Guild founder, directed first US poetry festival

Maria Augusta von Trapp (26 jan 1905 – 28 mar 1987 | Vienna, Austria-Hungary – Morrisville VT) Austrian-American, singer, author, innkeeper, matriarch, WWII survivor

Cora Baird (26 jan 1912 – 07 dec 1967 | New York NY – New York NY) marionette puppeteer

Annette Greenfield Strauss (26 jan 1924 – 14 dec 1998 | Houston TX – Houston TX) author, fundraiser, philanthropist, community activist, homeless family advocate, Family Gateway visionary, second female / Jewish Mayor of Dallas

Ruth Schacter Morgenthau (26 jan 1931 – 04 nov 2006 | Vienna, Austria – Boston MA) author, politician, Presidential Advisor to three US Presidents, social / environmental activist, professor emeritus of international politics

Marjorie Virginia Strider (26 jan 1931 – 27 aug 2014 | Guthrie OK – Saugerties NY) artist, sculptor, Pop Art painter, performance artist, soft-sculpture installation artist

Barbara Bluestein Simons (26 jan 1941 – Boston MA) author, computer scientist, electronic voting specialist, founder / former chair US Public Policy Committee for ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Joan Elaine Argetsinger Steitz (26 jan 1941 – Minneapolis MN) professor, biochemist, molecular biologist, innovative RNA researcher

Diana Oughton (26 jan 1942 – 06 mar 1970 | Dwight IL – New York NY) student activist, American Friends Service field worker, Children’s Community School teacher, Students for a Democratic Society and Weatherman member, died while constructing a nail bomb that exploded

Sherian Grace Cadoria (26 jan 1943 – Marksville LA) retired US Army Bridadier General, first African-American female US Army General

Susan Griffin (26 jan 1943 – Los Angeles CA) eco-feminist author

Maureen Ann Orth (26 jan 1943 – Berkeley CA) author, journalist, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine

Nancy Cassis (26 jan 1944 – Long Island NY) teacher, psychologist, former Michigan State politician

Angela Yvonne Davis (26 jan 1944 – Birmingham AL) author, political activist, academic scholar

Denise Eisenberg Rich (26 jan 1944 – Worcester MA) US-born Austrian socialite, philanthropist, singer-songwriter, political fundraiser

Barbara Kruger (26 jan 1945 – Newark NJ) author, collagist, arts professor, conceptual artist, tv / film / culture critic, large-scale mixed-media installation artist

Susan Jean Poete Friedlander (26 jan 1946 – London UK) UK-born American author, mathematician, professor of mathematics, director of Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences at USC, first female editor-in-chief Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

Veryl Goodnight (26 feb 1947 – Ashland OH) equine sculptor

Miriam [Mimi] Leder (26 jan 1952 – New York NY) film director / producer / script supervisor

Wendy M. Grossman (26 jan 1954 – New York NY) author, blogger, essayist, journalist, folk singer, founder / editor UK magazine The Skeptic

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (26 jan 1958 – Metairie LA) writer, actress, tv host, producer, comedian