12 dec 07 | women.born.today

Abigail Hopper Gibbons (07 dec 1801 – 16 jan 1893 | Philadelphia PA – New York NY) teacher, abolitionist, social activist / reform leader, Civil War Union field nurse / hospital matron, cofounded Women’s Prison Association of NYC

Mary Richardson Walker (07 dec 1811 – 21 nov 1877 | Baldwin ME – Forest Grove OR) diarist, Northwest frontier missionary, Columbia Maternal Association co-founder

Rachel Littler Bodley (07 dec 1831 – 15 jun 1888 | Cincinnati OH – Philadelphia PA) author, archivist, university leader, Dean of Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, first female professor of chemistry at US medical college

Myrta Lockett Avary (07 dec 1857 – 14 feb 1946 | Halifax VA – Atlanta GA) author, journalist, memoirist

Sibyl Sanderson (07 dec 1864 – 16 may 1903 | Sacramento CA – Paris, France) operatic soprano, autobiographical author

Willa Cather (07 dec 1873 – 24 apr 1947 | Gore VA – New York NY) editor, author, novelist, teacher

Bernice James De Pasquali (07 dec 1873 – 03 apr 1925 | Hull MA – Omaha NE) pianist, operatic mezzo-soprano

Constance Lindsay Skinner (07 dec 1877 – 27 mar 1939 | Quesnel, British Columbia – New York NY) Canadian critic, writer, editor, historian, Rivers of America Series creator

Katharine Jane Densford Dreves (07 dec 1890 – 29 sep 1978 | Crothersville IN – Mendota Heights MN) author, essayist, lecturer, nursing leader / educator

Virginia Kirkus (07 dec 1893 – 10 sep 1980 | Meadville PA – Danbury CT) author, editor, book reviewer, Kirkus Reviews founder

Elizabeth Burbridge (07 dec 1895 – 19 sep 1987 | San Diego CA – Tarzana CA) actress, screenwriter

Leigh Douglass Brackett (07 dec 1915 – 18 mar 1978 | Los Angeles CA – Lancaster CA) screenwriter, sci-fi novelist / short fiction writer

Thelma Bendler Stern Neubauer (07 dec 1923 – Norfolk VA) WWII civilian draftsperson, first woman assigned official duties aboard US Navy ship, post-war professional draftswoman

Mary Ellen Estill Rudin (07 dec 1924 – 18 mar 2013 | Hillsboro TX – Madison WI) author, essayist, mathematician, set-theoretic topology specialist

Jean Paré (07 dec 1927 – Irma, Alberta) Canadian author, caterer, cookbook writer /  publisher

Ellen Burstyn (07 dec 1932 – Detroit MI) director, producer, tv / stage / film actress, spiritual universalist, autobiographical author, born Edna Rae Gilooly

Arlene Weiss Alda (07 dec 1933 – Bronx NY) author, photographer, children’s book writer

Suzanne Mary Salabury Cogley (07 dec 1933 – Berkeley CA) artist, gallery owner

Melba Happy Pattillo Beals (07 dec 1941 – Little Rock AR) African-American diarist, memoirist, journalist, Little Rock Nine integration activist

Carole Simpson (07 dec 1941 – Chicago IL) author, news anchor, broadcast journalist

Susan Isaacs (07 dec 1943 – Brooklyn NY) novelist, essayist, screenwriter

Pearl Cleage (07 dec 1948 – Springfield MA) African-American poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, non-fiction writer

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus (07 dec 1949 – US) author, clinical psychologist, HIV/AIDS prevention activist, child / maternal / family wellness specialist

Jessie Gruman (07 dec 1953 – Berea KY) nonfiction author, health consumer advocate / researcher

Anne Fougeron (07 dec 1955 – Amsterdam, Netherlands) French-American author, teacher, architect

Laura Curtis Hickman (07 dec 1956 – Long Beach CA) sci-fi / fantasy author, game design writer / publisher

Susan Minot (07 dec 1956 – Boston MA) poet, novelist, screenwriter, short fiction author

Terri Blackstock (07 dec 1957 – Belleville IL) Christian novelist