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Elizabeth Rowell Thompson (21 feb 1821 – 20 jul 1899 | Lyndon VT – Littleton NH) art collector, philanthropist, anti-slavery activist, model communities funder / founder

Mother Angela [Eliza Marie] Gillespie (21 feb 1824 – 04 mar 1887 | near Brownsville PA – South Bend IN) nun, educator, religious leader, Sister of the Holy Cross, multiple universities founder

Emma Cecilia Thursby (21 feb 1845 – 04 jul 1931 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) soprano singer, music professor,  aka The American Nightingale, first US female concert promoter, Swami Vivekananda supporter

Mariana Alley Griswold Van Rensselaer (21 feb 1851 – 20 jan 1934 | New York NY – New York NY) poet, author, historian, biographer, president of Public Education Association of New York, first female architectual critic, honorary member American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects

Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer (21 feb 1855 – 06 dec 1902 | Colesville NY – Paris, France) poet, educator, professor, photographer

Anaïs Nin (21 feb 1903 – 14 jan 1977 | Neuilly, France – Los Angeles CA ) essayist, novelist, short story writer, journal writer, critical studies author, née Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell

Petra Cabot (21 feb 1907 – 13 oct 2006 | Philadelphia PA – Woodstock NY) artist, designer, inventor

Juliette Hampton Morgan (21 feb 1914 – 16 jul 1957 | Montgomery AL – Montgomery AL) teacher, reference librarian, civil rights activist, newspaper letter-writer, comitted suicide after years of shunning by friends and attacks by pro-segregationists

Shirley Belle Cole (21 feb 1920 – 12 jan 2010 | Chicago IL – Arizona US) radio actress, memoirist

Erma Louise Fiste Bombeck (21 feb 1927 – 22 apr 1996 | Dayton OH – San Francisco CA) author, humorist, columnist

Ruth Shook Mountaingrove (21 feb 1923 – Philadelphia PA) lesbian, feminist, documentary photographer, WomenSpirit magazine co-founder / co-publisher

Jean Dalby Clift (21 feb 1930 – Texas US) poet, author, essayist, pastoral counselor, Episcopal priest

Joyce Goldstein Hiller Piven (21 feb 1930 – US) author, teacher, director, actress, co-founded Compass Players, Artistic Director Emeritus of Piven Theatre Workshop

Alexandra Pierce (21 feb 1934 – Philadelphia PA) author, pianist, composer, music theorist, movement educator, Emerita Research Professor of Music and Movement

Barbara Charline Jordan (21 feb 1936 – 17 jan 1996 | Houston TX – Austin TX) politician, memoirist, civil rights movement leader, first Southern black female US Representative

Terry Louise Fisher (21 feb 1946 – Chicago IL) novelist, tv producer, screenwriter

Monica Johnson (21 feb 1946 – 01 nov 2010 | Colorado US – Los Angeles CA) screenwriter

Margaret Anne LeMone (21 feb 1946 – Columbia MO) author, atmospheric scientist, specializes in precipitation / cloud development / storm structure

Ruthanne Lum Crysdale McCunn (21 feb 1946 – Hong Kong) novelist, co-editor, professor, Chinese-Scottish-American

Olympia Jean Bouchles Snowe (21 feb 1947 – Augusta ME) author, politician, former Maine Senator, former First Lady of Maine

Katherine S. Newman (21 feb 1953 – US) author, academic administrator, poverty / working poor expert, former professor of sociology, Provost / Executive Vice Chancellor University of Massachusetts Amherst

Elena Duran (21 feb 1949 – Oakland CA) Mexican-American author, flautist

Sally Margaret Roffey Jewell (21 feb 1956 – London UK) US engineer, politician, civic activist, mountaineer, second female US Secretary of Interior, former CEO of REI outdoor gear retailer

Carla DeSantis Black (21 feb 1958 – Boston MA) writer, magazine founder, women in music activist / advocate, aka The Gloria Steinem of Rock, founded Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women (MEOW)

Mary Chapin Carpenter (21 feb 1958 – Princeton NJ) author, musician, singer-songwriter, music / political columnist

Tracey Wilen (21 feb 1962 – Queens NY) author, speaker, media contributor, focus on careers / education / technology / women’s leadership

Denise Lynn Cramsey (21 feb 1969 – 23 nov 2010 | Allentown PA – Los Angeles CA) director / producer

Aunjanue L. Ellis (21 feb 1969 – San Francisco CA) actress, producer

Coraline Cataldi-Tassoni (21 feb 1971 – Manhattan NY) singer, painter, musician, actress

Jennifer Love Hewitt (21 feb 1979 – Waco TX) author, actress, tv producer, singer-songwriter