08 aug 17 | Women.Born.Today

Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton (17 aug 1759 – 14 may 1846 | Boston MA – Dorchester MA) poet, pen name: Philenia

Sarah Porter (17 aug 1813 – 18 feb 1900 | Farmington CT – Farmington CT) educator, suffrage opponent, founded Miss Porter’s School for Girls

Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké (17 aug 1837 – 23 jul 1914 | Philadelphia PA – Washington DC) African-American poet, educator, journal writer, anti-slavery activist, volunteer Civil War Union nurse, first black teacher hired in two US  schools

Laura de Force Gordon (17 aug 1838 – 05 apr 1907 | North East PA – Lodi CA) editor, lawyer, women’s rights activist, second female attorney in California

Caroline Bartlett Crane (17 aug 1858 – 24 mar 1935 | Hudson WI – Kalamazoo MI) educator, suffragist, journalist, civic reformer, Unitarian minister, aka America’s Housekeeper

Gene Stratton-Porter (17 aug 1863 – 06 dec 1924 | Lagro IN – Los Angeles CA) author, naturalist, wildlife photographer, early female movie studio / production company founder

Bessie Potter Vonnoh (17 aug 1872 – 08 mar 1955 | St Louis MO – New York NY) sculptor, garden fountain creator

Mary Jane [Mae] West (17 aug 1893 – 22 nov 1980 | Brooklyn NY – Los Angeles CA) actress, singer, playwright, comedienne, screenwriter, autobiographical author

Johanna Alexandra [Lotte] Jacobi (17 aug 1896 – 06 may 1990 | Thorn (Toruń) Prussia (now Poland) – Deering NH) German-American portrait photographer

Charlie May Simon (17 aug 1897 – 21 mar 1977 | Monticello AR – Little Rock AR) artist, author, biographer, children’s book writer

Janet Loxley Lewis (17 aug 1899 – 01 dec 1998 | Chicago IL – Los Altos CA) poet, novelist

Lilian Rixley (17 aug 1907 – 07 jun 1997 | Washington DC – Sag Harbor NY) writer, editor, biographer

Nancy Orr Talbot (17 aug 1920 – 30 aug 2009 | Charlevoix MI – Boulder CO) women’s apparel clothier / businesswoman

Juanita Morrow Nelson (17 aug 1923 – 09 mar 2015 | Cleveland OH – Greenfield MA) author, farmer, pacifist, war tax resister, civil rights activist, Peacemakers co-founder

Alix Kates Shulman (17 aug 1932 – Cleveland OH) essayist, memoirist, fiction writer, radical feminist, political activist, elder arts community advocate

Barbara Ann Reynolds (17 aug 1942 – Colombus OH) author, journalist, biographer, Pentecostal minister

Mary Lou Foy (17 aug 1944 – Auburn AL) photojournalist, newspaper picture editor, first female photojournalist for Gainesville Sun and Miami Herald

Rachel Pollack (17 aug 1945 – Brooklyn NY) poet, novelist, essayist, sci-fi author, comic book writer, divinatory tarot expert, women’s spirituality activist

Martha Coolidge (17 aug 1946 – New Haven CT) tv director, screenwriter, film editor / director / producer

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