12 dec 06 | women.born.today

Susanna Strickland Moodie (06 dec 1803 – 08 apr 1885 | Bungay, England – Toronto, Ontario) English-Canadian poet, artist, novelist, memoirist, children’s author

Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm (06 dec 1815 – 22 jul 1884 | Pittsburgh PA – Pittsburgh PA) journalist, publisher, abolitionist, women’s rights advocate, newspaper founder, autobiographical author, Civil War Union field nurse

Minerva Josephine Chapman (06 dec 1858 – 14 jun 1948 | Altmar NY – Palo Alto CA) artist, author, still life / landscape / miniature portrait painter

Clara Lipman Mann (06 dec 1864 – 22 sep 1952 | Chicago IL – New York NY) playwright, stage actress

Lucia Fairchild Fuller (06 dec 1872 – 20 may 1924 | Boston MA – Madison WI) artist, miniaturist, professional painter

Margaret Morse Nice (06 dec 1883 – 26 jun 1974 | Amherst MA – Chicago IL) author, ornithologist, book reviewer, song sparrow expert

Cornelia Lynde Meigs (06 dec 1884 – 10 sep 1973 | Rock Island IL – Havre de Grace MD) author, playwright, writing teacher, children’s fiction / biography writer, children’ s literature critic historian

Libbie Henrietta Hyman (06 dec 1888 – 03 aug 1969 | Des Moines IA – New York NY) author, illustrator, zoologist

Ruth Waterbury (06 dec 1896 – 23 mar 1982 | Rensselaer NY – Newbury Park CA) author, biographer, radio script writer, newspaper columnist, film magazine editor

Adeline Hatch Lavigne (06 dec 1897 – 19 jul 1993 | Pownal VT – Cohoes NY) folk / labor / literary figure, aka Addie Card and The Face of Child Labor Reform

Ève Denise Curie Labouisse (06 dec 1904 – 22 oct 2007 | Paris, France – New York NY) French-American author, pianist, journalist, biographer, UNICEF children / mothers activist

Elissa Landi (06 dec 1904 – 21 oct 1948 | Venice, Italy – Kingston NY) actress, novelist, née Elizabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt

Elizabeth Yates McGreal (06 dec 1905 – 29 jul 2001 | Buffalo NY – Concord NH) children’s book writer, autobiographical author

Mary E. Barnard (06 dec 1909 – 25 aug 2001 | Vancouver WA – Vancouver WA) poet, biographer, Greek-English translator

Tauba Biterman (06 dec 1918 – Zamość, Poland) Polish-Jewish-American, Holocaust author, survivor, speaker, educator

Anna Der-Vartanian (06 dec 1920 – 04 aug 2011 | Detroit MI – McLean VA) first female Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), highest enlisted rank in US Navy, CIA counter-intelligence officer

Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink (06 dec 1927 – 28 sep 2002 | Paia, Territory of Hawaii – Honolulu HI) State politician, Mink first Asian American woman elected to Congress and first woman elected to Congress from Hawaii

Noel Phyllis Birkby (06 dec 1932 – 13 apr 1994 | Nutley NJ – Great Barrington MA) educator, architect, feminist, filmmaker

Jan Haag (06 dec 1933 – Marysville WA) poet, filmmaker, needlepoint textile artist, founded American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women

Anna Crook (06 dec 1934 – Crossroads NM) New Mexico state politician

Margaret Randall (06 dec 1936 – New York NY) writer, activist, academic, photographer

Elizabeth A. Johnson (06 dec 1941 – Brooklyn NY) author, Roman Catholic feminist theologian

Byron Katie (06 dec 1942 – Breckenridge TX) author, speaker, self-inquiry advocate, née Kathleen Mitchell

Alicia Munnell (06 dec 1942 – New York NY) author, economist, professor, director of Boston University’e Center for Retirement Research

Akasha Gloria Hull (06 dec 1944 – Shreveport LA) poet, critic, writer, educator, Black feminist activist

Margaret JoBeth Williams (06 dec 1948 – Houston TX) director, tv / film / stage actress

Linda Barnes (06 dec 1949 – Detroit MI) mystery novelist

Susan Jo Candiotti (06 dec 1953 – Fort Lauderdale FL) broadcast journalist, national correspondent

Martha Minow (06 dec 1954 – Highland Park IL) author, professor law, Dean of Harvard Law School

Diane Pfister (06 dec 1954 – Cincinnati OH) artist, art lecturer, collagist, abstract expressionist

Leticia Van de Putte (06 dec 1954 – Tacoma WA) pharmacist, Texas state politician

Andrea Romano (06 dec 1955 – Long Island NY) casting director, voice director, voice actress

Cherylanne DeVita (06 dec 1957 – New York NY) lecturer, media personality, natural skin care businesswoman

Myung Mi Kim (06 dec 1957 – Seoul, South Korea) Korean-American, post-modern poet, professor

Linda Evans (06 dec 1958 – Crawfordsville IN) science fiction novelist / short fiction writer