03 mar 27 | women.born.today

Jane Franklin Mecom (27 mar 1712 – 08 may 1794 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) milliner, innkeeper, letter writer, political family member, autobiographical author

Jane Colden Farquhar (27 mar 1724 – 10 mar 1766 | New York NY – New York NY) botanist, illustrator, letter writer, first female botanist recognized in the New World

Elleanor Eldridge (27 mar 1784 – c.1845 | Warwick RI – unknown) memoirist, landlord, property owner, pioneering African-American entrepreneur

Virginia Louisa Minor (27 mar 1824 – 14 aug 1894 | Caroline County VA – St Louis MO) suffragist, social activist, co-founder / first president Woman’s Suffrage Association of Missouri

Catherine [Kate] Fox (27 mar 1837 – 02 jul 1892 | Consecon, Ontario – Brooklyn NY) folk figure, (in)famous spiritualist medium

Florence Finch Kelly (27 mar 1858 – 17 dec 1939 | Girard IL – New Hartford CT) novelist, feminist, suffragist, nonfiction author

Maud Gage Baum (27 mar 1861 – 06 mar 1953 | Fayetteville NY – Hollywood CA) lace and embroidery teacher, no-nonsense mother four sons, wife of Wizard of Oz creator Frank L. Baum

Edyth Walker (27 mar 1867 – 19 feb 1950 | Hopewell NY – New York NY) operatic mezzo-soprano

Patty Smith Hill (27 mar 1868 – 25 may 1946 | Anchorage KY – New York NY) composer, Happy Birthday to You song co-creator, early education activist / teacher, National Association Nursery Education founder

Edith Juliet Rich Isaacs (27 mar 1878 – 10 jan 1956 | Milwaukee WI – White Plains NY) arts critic, editor Theatre Arts magazine,   African-American theatre arts activist / advocate

Ruth Hanna McCormick (27 mar 1880 – 31 dec 1944 | Cleveland OH – Chicago IL) politician, school founder, newspaper publisher, dairy farmer / breeder

Jessie Arms Botke (27 may 1883 – 02 oct 1971 | Chicago IL – Santa Paula CA) artist, muralist, decorative painter

Effa Louise Manley (27 mar 1897 – 16 apr 1981 | Philadelphia PA – Los Angeles CA) author, milliner, co-owner / manager Negro National League, first female inductee in US Baseball Hall of Fame

Maria Rasputin (27 mar 1898 – 27 sep 1977 | Pokrovskoye, Russian Empire – Los Angeles NY) writer, riveter, memoirist, circus performer, animal trainer, née Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina

Gloria May Josephine Swanson (27 mar 1899 – 04 apr 1983 | Chicago IL – New  York NY) singer, actress, fashion icon, film producer, autobiographical author

Louise Rosenbaum Rosskam (27 mar 1910 – 01 apr 2003 | Philadelphia PA – Roosevelt NJ) photographer for US Farm Security Administration (FSA), documented the Great Depression

Elizabeth Muriel Gregory [Elsie] MacGill (27 mar 1905 – 04 nov 1980 | Vancouver, British Columbia – Cambridge MA) author, aircraft designer, human rights activist, aka Queen of the Hurricanes, first female aeronautical engineer, Royal Commission on the Status of Women Canada commissioner

Joan Margaret Clark (27 mar 1922 – Ridgefield Park NJ) retired US Ambassador

Simma Milner Holt (27 mar 1922 – 23 jan 2015 | Vegreville, Alberta – Burnaby, British Columbia) author, memoirist, journalist, former politician

Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy (27 mar 1925 – 07 dec 2013 | Atlanta GA – Ithaca NY) anthropological filmmaker, voice / dance / orchestra / mixed media composer

Theodora Van Runkle (27 mar 1928 – 04 nov 2011 | Pittsburgh PA – Los Angeles CA) costume designer, born Dorothy Schweppe

Jennifer Mary Shay (27 mar 1930 – Hull UK) English-Canadian ecologist, academic, researcher, professor emerita, founding director Delta Marsh Field Station

Larissa Bonfante (27 mar 1931 – Naples, Italy) Italian-American author, essayist, classicist, professor emerita, Etruscan culture and language authority

Joanne Dobson (27 mar 1942 – New York NY) professor, mystery novelist, historical fiction author, founding editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Mary Tate Engels (27 mar 1943 – US) nonfiction author, romance novelist, pen-names: Tate McKenna, Corey Keaton, Cory Kenyon

Anna Mae Pictou Aquash (27 mar 1945 – 24 feb 1975 | Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia – Pine Ridge Reservation SD) Canadian Mi’kmaq, American Indian Movement (AIM) activist, unsolved murder victim

Nancy Fuller Ginsburg (27 mar 1949 – Claverack NY) chef, Ginsberg’s Foods co-owner, dairy farm owner, Food Network tv host, cooking competition judge

Julia Alvarez (27 mar 1950 – New York NY) poet, novelist, essayist

Maria Ewing (27 mar 1950 – Detroit MI) operatic soprano / mezzo-soprano

Brenda Hillman (27 mar 1951 – Tucson AZ) poet, translator, professor

Dana Stabenow (27 mar 1952 – Anchorage AK) mystery, science fiction, suspense / thriller novelist

Patricia Wrede (27 mar 1953 – Chicago IL) serial children’s fantasy / science fiction writer

Susan Neiman (27 mar 1955 – Atlanta GA) author, essayist, moral philosopher, cultural commentator

Babette Hierholzer (27 mar 1957 – Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) German-American pianist, artistic director of the German Forum (NYC)

Wendy Jacob (27 mar 1958 – US) installation artist, urban interventionist, visual arts professor

Susan Molinari (27 mar 1958 – New York NY) politician, lobbyist, journalist, vice-president of Google Public Policy

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