09 sep 21 | Women.Born.Today

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne (21 sep 1809 – 26 feb 1871 | Salem MA – London, England) painter, illustrator, essayist, journal writer / editor

Mary Monnett Bain (21 sep 1833 – 30 jul 1885 | Delaware OH – Osawatomie KS) philanthropist, women’s higher education advocate / supporter

Mary T. Waggaman (21 sep 1846 – 1931 | Baltimore MD – unknown) Catholic children’s author

Susan Macdowell Eakins (21 sep 1851 – 27 dec 1938 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) artist, painter, photographer

Sara Delano Roosevelt (21 sep 1854 – 07 sep 1941 | Newburgh NY – Hyde Park NY) memoirist, mother of FDR, political family member, mother-in-law to Eleanor Roosevelt

Etta Semple (21 sep 1855 – 11 apr 1914 | Quincy IL – Ottawa KS) atheist, radical, novelist, socialist, feminist, freethinker, publisher, philanthropist, newspaper editor, medical intuitive, sanitarium founder / manager, humanitarian

Anne [Annie] Sturges Daniel (21 sep 1858 – 10 aug 1944 | Buffalo NY – New York NY) author, essayist, physician, public health activist, New York Infirmary teacher, tenement population / women’s prison reformer

Edith Corse Evans (21 sep 1875 – 15 apr 1912 | Philadelphia PA – Atlantic Ocean) socialite, genealogist, one of four female First Class Titanic victims

Ethel Percy Andrus (21 sep 1884 – 13 jul 1967 | San Francisco CA – Long Beach CA) educator, AARP founder, first female California high school principal

Grace Harriet Spofford (21 sep 1887 – 05 jun 1974 | Haverhill MA – New York NY) pianist, music educator / advocate / administrator

Frances Mary Redgrey Albrier (21 sep 1898 – 21 aug 1987 | Mount Vernon NY – Berkeley CA) union organizer, oral historian, civil rights activist

Dorothy Layng McEntee (21 sep 1902 – 16 may 1990 | New York NY – Norfolk VA) artist, illustrator, watercolorist, high school art teacher

Olive M. Price (21 sep 1903 – 03 nov 1991 | Pittsburgh PA – Bushnell FL) aka Anne Cherryholmes, children’s book author / playwright

Marguerite Roberts (21 sep 1905 – 17 feb 1989 | Clarks NE – Santa Barbara CA) screenwriter, one of highest paid in 1930s, blacklisted for refusing to testify before House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)

Helen Foster Snow (21 sep 1907 – 11 jan 1997 | Cedar City UT – Guilford CT) novelist, journalist, aka Nym Wales, short fiction writer, autobiographical author

Hope Altman Abelson (21 sep 1910 – 01 sep 2006 | Chicago IL – Chicago IL) artist, producer, performing arts philanthropist [obituary]

Grace Bradley Boyd (21 sep 1913 – 20 sep 2010 | Brooklyn NY – Dana Point CA) actress, publicist, memoirist

Lou Halsell Rodenberger (21 sep 1926 – 09 apr 2009 | Eastland County TX – Callahan County TX) author, journalist, college professor, Texas women writers’ biographer

Joan Hotchkis (21 sep 1927 – Los Angeles CA) writer, tv / film / stage actress, performance artist

Janet Burroway (21 sep 1936 – Tucson AZ) poet, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author, children’s book writer

Margaret Doody (21 sep 1939 – Saint John, New Brunswick) academic author, feminist literary critic, literature professor, historical detective fiction novelist

Ann Elder (21 sep 1942 – ) actress, screenwriter, née Velders

Jeanne Swanner Robertson (21 sep 1943 – US) author, humorist, professional speaker

Fannie Flagg (21 sep 1944 – Birmingham AL) author, actress, dyslexic, comedienne, screenwriter, née Patricia Neal

Kay Ryan (21 sep 1945 – San Jose CA) poet, educator

Marsha Norman (21 sep 1947 – Louisville KY) novelist, playwright, screenwriter, fine arts professor

Ellen Victoria Futter (21 sep 1949 – New York NY) author, former Barnard College president, American Museum of Natural History president

Pamela Ditchoff (21 sep 1950 – Lansing MI) novelist, non-fiction writer

Gail Varina Gilmore (21 sep 1950 – Washington DC) jazz / gospel / operatic mezzo-soprano singer

Barbara Brown Taylor (21 sep 1951 – US) Episcopal priest, preacher, professor, theologian

Dayle Hinman (21 sep 1952 – Connecticut US) rare female criminal profiler / tv personality

Amy Dacyczyn (21 sep 1955 – US) non-fiction author, frugal living expert

Marta Fran Kauffman (21 sep 1956 – Philadelphia PA) writer, tv producer

Jane Rosenthal (21 sep 1956 – Providence RI) film producer, co-founder TriBeCa film studio and Tribeca Film Institute

Heather Richardson Higgins (21 sep 1959 – Atlanta GA) non-profit executive, political commentator, private foundation advocate

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