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Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams (12 feb 1775 – 15 may 1852 | London UK – Washington DC) English-American diarist, harpist, travel writer, US Presidential First Lady

Mary Pickersgill (12 feb 1776 – 04 oct 1857 | Philadelphia PA – Baltimore MD) folk figure, seamstress, flag maker, entrepreneur, philanthropist

Almira [Myra] Colby Bradwell (12 feb 1831 – 14 feb 1894 | Manchester VT – Chicago IL) attorney, publisher, political activist, first woman admitted to Illinois Bar, denied initial admittance to IL and US Supreme Court

Frances [Fannie] Barrier Williams (12 feb 1855 – 04 mar 1944 | Brockport NY – Brockport NY) teacher, lecturer, journalist, social / civil rights activist

Alice Woodby McKane (12 feb 1865 – 06 mar 1948 | Bridgewater PA – Savannah GA) poet, first female doctor in Savannah GA, co-founded McKane Training School for [Black] Nurses

Ida Helen Ogilvie (12 feb 1874 – 13 oct 1963 | New York NY – Germantown NY) author, educator, geologist, glaciation research expert

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (12 feb 1884 – 20 feb 1980 | New York NY – Washington DC) socialite, political folk figure, newspaper columnist, autobiographical author

Dorothy Frooks (12 feb 1896 – 13 apr 1997 | Saugerties NY – New York NY) author, actress, publisher, military figure

Olivia J. Hooker (12 feb 1915 – Muskogee OK) professor, psychologist, first black female WWII SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready) Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, co-founded APA Division 33 of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Betty Jayne Schultz (12 feb 1921 – Greenville TN) actress, operatic singer

Joan Mitchell (12 feb 1925 – 30 oct 1992 | Chicago IL – Paris, France) abstract expressionist painter and printmaker, namesake for Joan Mitchell Foundation non-profit artists’ fund

Juanita Ruth Wellons Coulson (12 feb 1933 – Indiana US) fanzine editor, fantasy / science fiction writer, filk singer / songwriter

Mary Alice Dawe Hunter Downie (12 feb 1934 – Alton IL) US-born Canadian poet, editor, reporter, freelance writer, book review editor, Oxford UP publicity manager

Judith Sussman [Judy] Blume (12 feb 1938 – Elizabeth NJ) children’s book author, adult and young adult novelist, intellectual freedom advocate / activist

Patricia Field (12 feb 1942 – New York NY) stylist, costume designer, fashion designer, LGBT / social activist and philanthropist

Gayle Elizabeth Harris (12 feb 1951 – Cleveland OH) ordained Episcopal Bishop Suffragan, first US female Episcopalian bishop to succeed another female bishop

Susan Page (12 feb 1951 – Wichita KS) journalist, current Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, cable news analyst, NPR Diane Rehm Show co-host

Melissa Ann Pinney (12 feb 1953 – St Louis MO) author, feminist, photographer, focus on women’s and girls’ social lives / emerging identities

Lyn Mikel Brown (12 feb 1956 – Vanceboro ME) author, essayist, academic, feminist, community activist, Colby College Director of Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Cindy Patton (12 feb 1956 – US) author, historian, sociologist, AIDS epidemic history specialist expert

Wynn-Anne Rossi (12 feb 1956 – Springfield IL) author, vocal / band / piano / orchestral composer

Lisa Katselas Paré (12 feb 1959 – Pittsburgh PA) attorney, film producer, adjunct professor

Karen Post (12 feb 1960 – Buffalo NY) author, aka The Branding Diva, international speaker / lecturer on brands and marketing