08 aug 05 | Women.Born.Today

Edith Dean Painter (05 aug 1821 – 20 jul 1899 | New Garden OH – Pasadena CA) Quaker, farmer, abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor

Clara Dorothy Bewick Colby (05 aug 1846 – 07 sep 1916 | Cheltenham, England – Palo Alto CA) writer, editor, teacher, suffragist, public speaker, equal rights activist, public library founder, newspaper founder / publisher

Mary Ritter Beard (05 aug 1876 – 14 aug 1958 | Indianapolis IN – Hartsdale NY) author, archivist, historian, memoirist, suffragist, woman’s historian, women’s rights activist

Ruth Wheeler (05 aug 1877 – 29 sep 1948 | Plains PA – Poughkeepsie NY) author, nutritionist, nutrition professor

Gertrude Elzora Durden Rush (05 aug 1880 – 05 sep 1962 | Navasota TX – Des Moines IA) attorney, first African-American female lawyer in Iowa, National Bar Association co-founder

Ruth Sawyer (05 aug 1880 – 03 jun 1970 | Boston MA – Maine US) storyteller, adult / children’s fiction / non-fiction author, aka The Great Lady of Storytelling

Maud Fuller Petersham (05 aug 1890 – 29 nov 1971 | Kingston NY – Woodstock NY) children’s book writer / illustrator

Harriet Spiller Daggett (05 aug 1891 – 22 jul 1966 | Springfield LA – Louisiana US) lawyer, author, academic, schoolteacher, law professor, first female full professor of law at ABA-approved, AALS-member college

Irene Rice Pereira (05 aug 1902 – 11 jan 1971 | Chelsea MA – Marbella, Spain) poet, artist, writer, philosopher

Nancy Elizabeth [Betty] Oliphant (05 aug 1918 – 12 jul 2004 | London, England – St Catherines, Ontario) aka Miss O, ballerina, memoirist, National Ballet School of Canada co-founder

Heidi Krall (05 aug 1920 – 16 aug 2013 | Toledo OH – Hamilton NJ) operatic soprano

Selma Diamond (05 aug 1920 – 13 may 1985 | London, Ontario – Los Angeles CA) Canadian-American memoirist, comic actress, radio / tv writer

Margaret [Maggie] Gee Mei Gue (05 aug 1923 – 01 feb 2013 | Berkeley CA – Oakland CA) physicist, memoirist, politician, WWII WASP aviator / trainer [obituary]

Joan Walters (04 aug 1925 – 31 jul 2011 | Providence RI – Prescott Valley AZ) pioneer economist, first female full-time professor at Fairfield University

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga (05 aug 1925 – Los Angeles CA) political activist, WWII US internee, Japanese-American redress movement member

Pat Passlof (05 aug 1928 – 13 nov 2011 | Brunswick GA – New York NY) abstract expressionist painter

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