08 aug 12 | Women.Born.Today

Elizabeth Oakes Smith (12 aug 1806 – 16 nov 1893 | North Yarmouth ME – Blue Point NY) poet, editor, lecturer, fiction writer, suffragist, women’s rights activist

Lillie Devereux Blake (12 aug 1833 – 30 dec 1913 | Raleigh NC – Englewood NJ) author, suffragist, social reformer, aka Tiger Lily

Katharine Lee Bates (12 aug 1859 – 28 mar 1929 | Falmouth MA – Wellesley MA) poet, author, educator, songwriter

Josephine Marcus Earp (12 aug 1861 – 19 dec 1944 | New York NY – Los Angeles CA) actress, dancer, memoirist, folk figure, frontier adventurer

Edith Hamilton (12 aug 1867 – 31 may 1963 | Dresden, North German Confederation – Washington DC) author, educator, Greek classicist /  mythologist, aka Greatest Woman Classicist

Mary Ella Roberts Rinehart (12 aug 1876 – 22 sep 1958 | Allegheny City PA – New York NY) author, journalist, mystery writer, aka The American Agatha Christie

Martha Hedman (12 aug 1883 – 20 jun 1974 | Östersund, Sweden – DeLand FL) author, actress, playwright

Lily Ross Taylor (12 aug 1886 – 29 jul 1969 | Auburn AL – Bryn Mawr PA) author, ancient historian, classical scholar

Zerna Addis Sharp (12 aug 1889 – 17 jun 1981 | Hillisburg IN – Frankfort IN) author, teacher, literacy advocate, aka Mother of Dick and Jane

Della Gould Emmons (12 aug 1890 – 06 nov 1983 | Glencoe MN – Tacoma WA) playwright, biographer, historical novelist

Lillian Evanti (12 aug 1890 – 06 dec 1967 | Washington DC – Washington DC) operatic soprano, civil rights activist

Coe Glade (12 aug 1900 – 23 sep 1985 | Chicago IL – New York NY) operatic mezzo-soprano

Jane Waddington Wyatt (12 aug 1910 – 20 oct 2006 | Mahwah NJ – Los Angeles CA) actress, children’s book author

Thelma Johnson Streat (12 aug 1911 – 01 may 1959) artist, dancer, educator, folklorist, textile designer, inter-cultural arts activist, founded The Negro in History visual arts / education program

Eleanor Margaret Peachey Burbidge (12 aug 1919 – Davenport UK) author, astrophysicist, American Astronomy Society’s first female president

Ophelia DeVore (12 aug 1922 – 28 feb 2014 | Edgefield SC – New York NY) newspaper publisher, non-white inclusion activist, first African-American model in US, co-founded one of first US black modeling agency

Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn (12 aug 1923 – New York NY) children’s novelist

Patricia Murphy [Patt] Derian (12 aug 1929 – 20 may 2016 | New York NY – Chapel Hill NC) author, civil / human rights activist

Camille Billops (12 aug 1933 – Los Angeles CA) sculptor, archivist, filmmaker, printmaker

Joan Hamburg (12 aug 1935 – Long Island NY) author, radio talk show host, aka New York Radio’s First Lady

Frances Krauskopf [Fran] Conley (12 aug 1940 – Palo Alto CA) memoirist, anti-misogyny activist, neurosurgery professor, first female faculty at Stanford

Gail Parent (12 aug 1940 – New York NY) author, tv producer / screenwriter

Deborah Walley (12 aug 1941 – 10 may 2001 | Bridgeport CT – Sedona AZ) actress, co-founded two children’s theater companies

Jennifer Warren (12 aug 1941 – New York NY) actress, film director, USC cinematic arts Senior Lecturer

Caroline Leaf (12 aug 1946 – Seattle WA) animator, filmmaker, screenwriter

Sue Monk Kidd (12 aug 1948 – Sylvester GA) novelist, feminist, memoirist

Janet Maslin (12 aug 1949 – New York NY) journalist, film / literary critic

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