02 feb 09 | women.born.today

Patience Lovell Wright (09 feb 1725 – 23 mar 1786 | Oyster Bay NY – London UK) poet, painter, wax sculptor, first recognized US female sculptor, aka The Promethean Modeler, American Revolutionary War political spy / activist

Sarah [Sally] Hemings (09 feb 1773 – 1835 | Charles City County, Virginia Colony – Charlottesville VA) diarist, domestic slave, social / political / literary figure

Lydia Estes Pinkham (09 feb 1819 – 17 may 1873 | Lynn MA – Lynn MA) women’s herbal remedy inventor / developer / entrepreneur

Laura Redden Searing (09 feb 1839 – 10 aug 1923 | Somerset County MD – San Mateo County CA) poet, journalist, pen name: Howard Glyndon, childhood onset of deafness (age 11)

Laura Clay (09 feb 1849 – 29 jun 1941 | White Hall KY – Lexington KY) orator, suffragist leader, Kentucky Equal Rights Association co-founder / first president

Amy Lowell (09 feb 1874 – 12 may 1925 | Brookline MA – Brookline MA) poet, imagist, philanthropist, salon hostess, book collector

Lucreaty Clark (09 feb 1903 – 09 may 1986 | Jefferson County FL – Lamont FL) folk artist, white oak basket weaver

Marion Sanford (09 feb 1904 – 01 feb 1987 | Ontario, Canada – Warren PA) artist, sculptor

Anna Sokolow (09 feb 1910 – 29 mar 2000 | Hartford CT – New York NY) modern dancer, choreographer, Actors Studio co-founder

Helen Teresa Eucharia Flaherty Lennehan Muir (09 feb 1911 – 14 feb 2006 | Yonkers NY – Miami FL) editor, author, journalist, reporter, Florida historian

Kathryn Grayson (09 feb 1922 – 17 feb 2010 | Winston-Salem NC – Los Angeles CA) actress, operatic soprano

Letitia [Tish] Baldrige (09 feb 1926 – 29 oct 2012 | Miami FL – Bethesda MD) author, etiquette expert

Mary Katherine Jaynes Hocking Shell (09 feb 1927 – Bakersfield CA) journalist, politician, first female Mayor Bakersfield CA

Gail M. Kelly (09 feb 1933 – 17 aug 2005 | Deer Park WA – Portland OR) author, professor, anthropologist

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee (09 feb 1938 – Waltham MA) pedagogue, contemporary classical composer

Jovette Marchessault (09 feb 1938 – 31 dec 2012 | Montreal, Quebec – Montreal, Quebec) poet, artist, painter, sculptor, novelist, lecturer, feminist, playwright, LGBT activist, co-founded Squawtach Press

Cielle Tewksbury (09 feb 1938 – 03 jan 2014 | California US – Brattleboro VT) poet, artist, model, mother, actress, dancer, farmer, tai chi teacher, photographer, five element practitioner, born Patricia Virginia Beattie

Carolyn Banks (09 feb 1941 – Pittsburgh PA) editor, novelist, producer, short story writer, screenwriter

Carole King (09 feb 1942 – New York NY) memoirist, singer-songwriter

Martha Alter [Marta] Chen (09 feb 1944 – US) author, scholar, academic, social worker

Alice Malsenior Walker (09 feb 1944 – Eatenton GA) poet, author, activist

María de Lourdes “Mia” Villiers Farrow (09 feb 1945 – Los Angeles CA) actress, memoirist, humanitarian

Janet Lynn Isaacs Ashford (09 feb 1949 – Los Angeles CA) artist, writer, musician

Deborah Hertz (09 feb 1949 – Saint Paul MN) author, professor, modern German / Jewish / women’s historian, history of radical Jewish women research expert, co-founder / co-director Holocaust Living History Workshop

Judith Light (09 feb 1949 – Trenton NJ) actress, producer, LGBT activist

Penelope Allison [Penny] Peyser (09 feb 1951 – Irvington NY) writer, actress, filmmaker

Miriam Slater (09 feb 1952 – Los Angeles CA) visual artist, object painter

Susan G. Cole (09 feb 1952 – Toronto, Ontario) editor, author, activist, feminist, speaker, playwright

Jo Duffy (09 feb 1954 – New York NY) comic book editor / writer

Nancy Holmes (09 feb 1959 – Edmonton, Ontario) poet, educator, short fiction writer, creative writing professor

Carey Elizabeth Perloff (9 feb 1959 – Washington DC) playwright, theater director, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater

Laura Frankos-Turtledove (09 feb 1960 – San Francisco CA) fantasy, mystery, sci-fi novelist / short story writer

Lori L. Lake (09 feb 1960 – Portland OR) writer, teacher, speaker, drama / mystery / romance / lesbian fiction author