08 aug 08 | Women.Born.Today

Esther Hobart Morris (08 aug 1814 – 03 apr 1902 | Tioga NY – Cheyenne WY) milliner, aka Mrs. Slack, women’s rights activist, first female US Judge / Justice of the Peace in Wyoming

Cora Bussey Hillis (08 aug 1858 – 12 aug 1924 | Bloomfield IA – St Cloud MN) educator, clubwoman, child welfare advocate

Mary Virginia Cook Parrish (08 aug 1862 – 11 oct 1945 | Bowling Green KY – Louisville KY) educator, journalist, clubwoman, civil rights activist, leader in Black Baptist Women’s conventions

Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey (08 aug 1863 – 22 sep 1948 | Locust Grove NY – Washington DC) nature writer, ornithologist, first female fellow of American Ornithologists’ Union

Olga Samaroff (08 aug 1880 – 17 may 1948 | San Antonio TX – New York NY) pianist, teacher, music critic, first woman to self-produce piano debut at Carnegie Hall, first music teacher broadcast on NBC television, autobiographical author, née Lucy Mary Agnes Hickenlooper

Belle Jennings Benchley (08 aug 1882 – 17 dec 1972 | Larned KS – San Diego CA)  author, zoo director, aka The Zoo Lady

Sara Trevor Teasdale Filsinger (08 aug 1884 – 29 jun 1933 | St Louis MO – New York NY) lyric poet, first winner (1918) Columbia Poetry Prize (later Pulitzer Prize)

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (08 aug 1896 – 14 dec 1953 | Washington DC – St Augustine FL) poet, novelist, memoirist, short fiction writer, letter correspondent

Ruth VanSickle Ford (08 aug 1897 – 18 apr 1989 | Aurora IL – Aurora IL) painter, art educator, Chicago Academy of Fine Arts owner / director

Sylvia Sidney (08 aug 1910 – 01 jul 1999 | New York NY – New York NY) author, tv / film / stage actress, needlepoint artist / designer

Rosetta Olive Burton LeNoire (08 aug 1911 – 17 mar 2002 | New York NY – Teaneck NJ) author, biographer, producer, casting agent, racial equity activist, tv / stage / film actress, awarded US National Medal of Arts

Linda Bennett Galloway (08 aug 1917 – 09 jan 2014 | Dixon KY – Wayne NC) author, public librarian, WWII military librarian

Esther Williams (08 aug 1921 – 06 jun 2013 | Los Angeles CA – Los Angeles CA) swimmer, entertainer, autobiographical author, aka Million Dollar Mermaid

Gertrude Himmelfarb (08 aug 1922 – Brooklyn NY) author, editor, historian, aka Bea Kristol, intellectual history specialist

Irene Williams Smith (08 aug 1922 – 24 mar 1955 | Alabama US – Alabama US) author, memoirist, journalist, country music historian / museum founder

Joan Adams Mondale (08 jun 1930 – 03 feb 2014 | Eugene OR – Minneapolis MN) American artist, author, arts activist, US Second Lady, aka Joan of Art

Serena Blake Wilson (08 aug 1933 – 17 jun 2007 | New York NY – New York NY) dancer, teacher, choreographer, helped popularize belly dancing [obituary]

Connie Stephens (08 aug 1938 – Brooklyn NY)  singer, actress, director, screenwriter, spa / skincare entrepreneur, born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia

Candy Dawson Boyd (08 aug 1946 – Chicago IL) writer, activist, educator, children’s book author

Margaret Urban Walker (08 aug 1948 – United States) author, essayist, feminist, philosopher, professor of philosophy

Nancy Hendrickson (08 aug 1950 – Philadelphia PA) author, actress, director, producer

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