08 aug 24 | Women.Born.Today

Eliza Jane Trimble Thompson (24 aug 1816 – 03 nov 1905 | Hillsboro OH – Hillsboro OH) aka Mother Thompson, lead non-violent temperance Visitation Bands, founded Women’s Crusade Against Alcohol (basis for later WCTU)

Marie Brose Tepe Leonard (24 aug 1834 – 14 may 1901 | Bretagne, France – Pittsburgh PA) Civil War vivandière, aka Fearless French Mary, wounded / survived the war but died by her own hand years later

Laura Drake Gill (24 aug 1860 – 03 feb 1926 | Chesterville ME – Berea KY) professor, administrator, college president, educational reformer

Mary Arizona [Zonia] Baber (24 aug 1862 – 1955 | Clark IL – Chicago IL) geologist, feminist, anti-racist, geographer, anti-imperialist, geography instruction innovator, peace / freedom activist / advocate, co-founded Geography Society of Chicago

Beatrice Witte Ravenel (24 aug 1870 – 15 mar 1956 | Charleston SC – Charleston SC) poet, author, short story writer

Ruth Baker Pratt (24 aug 1877 – 23 aug 1965 | Ware ME – Glen Cove NY) politician, first NYC Alderman, first New York Congresswoman

Sophie Lewis Hutchinson Drinker (24 aug 1888 – 06 sep 1967 | Haverford PA – Philadelphia PA) author, musician, musicologist, choral composer, unpublished memoirist, pioneered / founded women’s musicological and gender studies

Carol Weiss King (24 aug 1895 – 22 jan 1952 | New York NY – New York NY) immigration lawyer, US National Lawyer’s Guild founding member

Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon (24 aug 1895 – 19 may 1987 | Chicago IL – McLean VA) sci-fi writer, aka James Tiptree Jr, Raccoona Sheldon

Harriet [Virginia] Spencer Cowles (24 aug 1910 – 17 sep 1983 | Brattleboro VT – near Biarritz, France) journalist, biographer, travel writer, war correspondent

Anita Figueredo (24 aug 1916 – 19 feb 2010 | Costa Rica – La Jolla CA) surgeon, humanitarian, women’s education activist, first female surgeon in San Diego US / in Costa Rica, lifelong friend / co-worker with Mother Teresa [obituary]

Nancy Spero (24 aug 1926 – 18 oct 2009 | Cleveland OH – New York NY) painter, sculptor, feminist, printmaker, collage artist

Betty Dodson (24 aug 1929 – Wichita KS) artist, author, sex educator, sex positive feminist

Rosmarie Sebald Waldrop (24 aug 1935 – Kitzingen, Bavaria) German-born American poet, publisher, translator

Susan Sachsel Sheehan (24 aug 1937 – Vienna, Austria) Austrian-born American author, magazine writer, Pulitzer Prize Laureate for General NonFiction

Sharon Annette LeBlanc Butala (24 aug 1940 – Nipawin, Saskatchewan) Canadian novelist, nonfiction author

Karen Arthur (24 aug 1941 – Omaha NE) actress, director, producer

Christine Chubbuck (24 aug 1944 – 15 jul 1974 | Hudson OH – Sarasota FL) news reporter, puppeteer / children’s activist, suicided on live tv broadcast

Ronee Blakley (24 aug 1945 – Nampa ID) singer, writer, actress, songwriter, composer, producer, director

Linda Hutcheon (24 aug 1947 – ) author, literary critic, cross-disciplinary academic, first female Canadian president of Modern Language Association

Mona Lyn Reese (24 aug 1951 – ) opera / choral music composer

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