02 feb 28 | women.born.today

Mary Mason Lyon (28 feb 1797 – 05 mar 1849 | Buckland MA – South Hadley MA) chemist, education activist, founded Wheaton Female Seminary (later Wheaton College), founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (later renamed Mount Holyoke College)

Sybil Jones (28 feb 1808 – 04 dec 1873 | Brunswick ME – Dirigo Corner ME) Quaker minister, foreign missionary

Cynthia Hicks Van Name Leonard (28 feb 1828 – 10 apr 1908 | Buffalo NY – Rutherford NJ) writer, aid worker, suffragist, spiritualist, social reformer, first female NYC mayoral candidate, founded first IA soldiers home, founded IL Good Samaritan Society, created women’s homeless shelters, advocated women prison guards for women

Sarah Ida Fowler Morgan Dawson (28 feb 1842 – 05 may 1909 | New Orleans LA – Paris, France) folk figure, Civil War diarist

Elizabeth Gardiner Glendower Evans (28 feb 1856 – 12 dec 1937 | New Rochelle NY – Brookline MA) memoirist, social activist

Christie MacDonald (28 feb 1875 – 25 jul 1962 | Pictou, Nova Scotia – Fairfield CT) Canadian-American opera singer, musical comedy actress

Rida Johnson Young (28 feb 1875 – 08 may 1926 | Baltimore MD – Stamford CT) lyricist, librettist, playwright

Zerelda [Zee] Amanda Mimms James (28 feb 1878 – 13 nov 1900 | Woodford KY – Kearney MO) folk figure, wife and first cousin of outlaw Jesse James

Geraldine Farrar (28 feb 1882 – 11 mar 1967 | Melrose MA – Ridgefield CT) actress, memoirist, operatic lyric soprano

Molly Picon (28 feb 1898 – 06 apr 1992 | New York NY – Lancaster PA) lyricist, actress, dramatic storyteller, born Małka Opiekun

Laura Kean Zametkin Hobson (28 feb 1900 – 28 feb 1986 | New York NY – New York NY) novelist

Gemze de Lappe (28 feb 1922 – Portsmouth VA) dancer, teacher, choreographer, dance reconstructionist

Livia Bitton-Jackson (28 feb 1931 – Samorin, Czechoslovakia) author, speaker, memoirist, history professor, Holocaust survivor, born Elli I. Friedman

Mary Alica [Mal] Hebert (28 feb 1935 – Dover DE) socialist politician, retired schoolteacher, Vermont State political activist, frequent Liberty Union candidate

Linda Preiss Rothschild (28 feb 1945 – Philadelphia PA) author, mathematician, professor emerita, past president of Association for Women in Mathematics, co-editor-in-chief of Mathematical Research Letters journal

Donna Jo Napoli (28 feb 1948 – Miami FL) linguist, children’s / young adult speculative fiction author

Sharon Gold (28 feb 1949 – New York NY) artist, painter, feminist, professor

Susan Hekman (28 feb 1949 – Grand Rapids MI) author, essayist, postmodern feminist, political science professor

Donna Meistrich (28 feb 1954 – Brooklyn NY) artist, painter, sculptor, animator, wax carver, model maker, jewelry designer

Stephanie Sinclaire (28 feb 1954 – Boston MA) poet, artist, curator, painter, producer, film / theater director, aka Stephanie Crawford, born Stephanie Anne Weiss, director of Dragonlady Films and Theatre

Lucinda Bassett (28 feb 1956 – US) self-help author, anti-anxiety specialist, motivational speaker

Megan McDonald (28 feb 1959 – Pittsburgh PA) novelist, librarian, children’s author, book-to-film co-screenwriter

Susan Murphy-Milano (28 feb 1960 – 28 oct 2012 | Chicago IL – Folly Beach SC) social activist, public speaker, nonfiction author, women’s advocate, domestic violence expert, radio crime show host, Women in Crime Ink contributing writer

Donna Elizabeth Hazouri Deegan (28 feb 1961 – Jacksonville FL) author, journalist, breast cancer awareness advocate, former weekday television news anchor, aka Donna Clewis and Donna Hicken, founded The Donna Foundation to fund women living with breast cancer

Laura Bynum (28 feb 1968 – Springfield IL) speculative fiction novelist

Leslie Segrete (28 feb 1975 – Bethpage NY) designer, carpenter, seamstress, tv personality, magazine columnist, home improvement call-in radio show cohost

Lauren Davis Santo Domingo (28 feb 1976 – Greenwich CT) fashion curator, contributing editor at Vogue, co-founded online fashion retailer Moda Operandi

Tracey Penelope Tekahentakwa Deer (28 feb 1978 – Kahnawake, Quebec) Mohawk-Canadian film director, newspaper publisher, documentary filmmaker