05 may 20

Dolley Payne Todd Madison (20 may 1768 – 12 jul 1849 | North Carolina Province, British America – Washington DC) US First Lady, memoirist, letter correspondent

Mary Ramsey Lemons Wood (20 may 1787 (?) – 01 jan 1908 | Knoxville TN – Hillsboro OR) pioneer, died as oldest person (disputed), aka Oldest Methodist in the World, First Mother Queen of Oregon Pioneers

Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell (20 may 1825 – 05 nov 1921 | Henrietta NY – Elizabeth NJ) author, Unitarian pastor, women’s rights activist, first US female ordained minister

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (20 may 1851 – 09 jul 1926 Lenox MA – New York NY) author, religious sister, memoirist, social worker, aka Mother Mary Alphonsa

Madeline [Madge] McDowell Breckinridge (20 may 1872 – 25 nov 1920 | Woodlake KY – Fayette KY) author, orator, editor, reformer, suffragist

Grace Genevieve Stone Coates (20 may 1881 – 25 jan 1976 | Kansas US – Bozeman MT) poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer

Adela Nora Rogers St. Johns (20 may 1894 – 10 aug 1988 | Los Angeles CA – Arroyo Grande CA) novelist, journalist, screenwriter

Alma Ruth Lavenson (20 may 1897 – 19 sep 1989 | San Francisco CA – Piedmont CA) Pictorialist photographer

Lydia Cabrera (20 may 1900 – 19 sep 1991 | Havana, Cuba – Miami FL) ethnologist, short story writer, Afro-Cuban folklorist / preservationist

Doris Fleeson Kimball (20 may 1901 – 01 aug 1970 | Sterling KS – Washington DC) journalist, political columnist / reporter

Ellen Rosenberg Auerbach (20 may 1902 – 30 jul 2004 | Karlsruhe, Germany – New York NY) innovative artistic photographer

Shelley Smith Mydans (20 may 1915 – 07 mar 2002 | Palo Alto CA – Sacramento CA) journalist, fiction / nonfiction author, WWII prisoner of war in Japan

Hephzibah Menuhin (20 may 1920 – 01 jan 1981 |San Francisco CA – London UK) American-Australian pianist, author, linguist, essayist, human rights campaigner, president of British Chapter for WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)

Wilma Dykeman Stokely (20 may 1920 – 22 dec 2006 | Asheville NC – Asheville NC) novelist, nonfiction writer

Elizabeth [Betty] Jane Pfeffer DeGeneres (20 may 1930 – Violet LA) LGBT rights activist, first straight spokeswoman for Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Projectactive member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Patricia [P. Buckley] Moss (20 may 1933 – New York NY) etcher, painter, rural landscape artist

Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez (20 may 1934 – Albany NY) author, ordained Presbyterian minister, Professor Emerita of church history

Rita Sanchez (20 may 1937 – San Bernardino CA) academic, Chicano activist, art gallery owner

Jane Lauren Alpert (20 may 1947 – New York NY) writer, radical feminist, former far left radical activist, autobiographical author

Mary Pope Osborne (20 may 1949 – Fort Sill OK) American biographer, fictional diarist, children’s myth / fantasy / fairy tale author

Penny Collenette (20 may 1950 – Oakville, Ontario) lawyer, professor, political figure, human rights activist

Susan Bee (20 may 1952 – New York NY) editor, painter, book artist, visual arts professor

Cindy McCain (20 may 1954 – Phoenix AZ) political figure, philanthropist, adoption advocate, anti-human trafficking activist, LGBT rights supporter, American Volunteer Medical Team (AMVT) founder

Jill Climent (20 may 1955 – Montreal, Quebec) novelist, memoirist, professor

[Jennivien] Diana Brebner (20 may 1956 – 29 apr 2001 | Kingston, Ontario – Ottawa, Ontario) poet

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