12 dec 11 | women.born.today

Leonora Sansay (11 dec 1773 – 12 nov 1821 | Philadelphia PA – Newent, England) novelist, painter, memoirist, political / literary figure, aka Mary Hassal, née Honora Davern, artificial flower-making business owner

Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier (11 dec 1813 – 26 apr 1888 | Plainfield NJ – New York NY) feminist, suffragist, physician, New York Medical College and Hospital for Women founder

Mary Belle King Sherman (11 dec 1862 – 15 jan 1935 | Albion NY – Denver CO) author, clubwoman, national park activist, aka The National Park Lady

Annie Jump Cannon (11 dec 1863 – 13 apr 1941 | Dover DE – Cambridge MA) author, astronomer, pioneer cataloguer / developer of contemporary stellar classification

Louise Brown [Annie] Leslie (11 dec 1869 – 07 oct 1948 | Perry ME – Detroit MI) editor, journalist, women’s advice columnist, pen name: Nancy Brown, aka Dear Nancy

Ada Louise Comstock (11 dec 1876 – 12 dec 1973 | Moorehead MN – New Haven CT) author, scholar, women’s education pioneer, first dean of women at University of Minnesota, first full-time president of Radcliffe College

Helen Nessa Cohen (11 dec 1885 – 16 dec 1976 | New York NY – New York NY) sculptor, philanthropist

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (11 dec 1893 – 27 mar 1982 | Newark NJ – Tewksbury NJ) juvenile mystery fiction author, pen name: Carolyn Keene

Marjorie Lyman Henderson Buell (11 dec 1904 – 30 may 1993 | Philadelphia PA – Elyria OH) cartoonist, Little Lulu / Tubby creator / illustrator

Mildred Imoch Cleghorn (11 dec 1910 – 15 apr 1997 | Fort Sill OK – Apache OK) aka Eh-Ohn and Lay-a-Bet, Chiricahua Apache educator, traditional dollmaker, home extension agent,  home economics teacher, first chairperson of Fort Sill Apache Tribe

Helen Kreis Wallenda (11 dec 1910 – 09 may 1996 | Germany – Sarasota FL) German-American, aerialist / circus performer, member of Flying Wallendas

Grace Goodside Paley (11 dec 1922 – 22 aug 2007 | Bronx NY – Thetford VT) poet, teacher, political activist, short story writer

Joan Elizabeth Manning (11 dec 1923 – Sidney, British Columbia) Canadian etcher, painter, teacher, watercolorist

Donna Mills (11 dec 1940 – Chicago IL) actress, television producer

Elizabeth Brackett (11 dec 1941 – Chicago IL) author, journalist, television host / correspondent, world champion triathlete

Stephanie Braxton (11 dec 1944 – Boston MA) actress, playwright, television scriptwriter

Ann Swidler (11 dec 1944 – US) author, professor, cultural sociologist

Pauline Gedge (11 dec 1945 – Auckland, New Zealand) Canadian historical fiction novelist, sci-fi / fantasy / horror author

Susan Eloise Spaeth Kyle (11 dec 1946 – Cuthbert GA) author, journalist, sci-fi / romance novelist, pen names: Diana Palmer, Diana Blayne, Katy Currie, and Susan S. Kyle

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (11 dec 1948 – Cincinnati OH) romance novelist, pen name: Justine Cole, aka Queen of Romantic Comedy

Ida Lorentzen (11 dec 1951 – New York NY) Norwegian-American visual artist

Kathy Smith (11 dec 1951 – Arizona US) personal trainer, fitness / nutrition program presenter / videomaker

Carolyn Anne Wahlstrom Beug (11 dec 1952 – 11 sep 2011 | Los Angeles CA – New York NY) filmmaker, video producer, died on Flight 11 on 9/11

Jennifer Wootton Mascall (11 dec 1952 – Canada) modern dance teacher, performer, choreographer, EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music) cofounder

Susan Seidelman (11 dec 1952 – Philadelphia PA) writer, actress, director / producer

Sheree-Lee Olson (11 dec 1954 – Picton, Ontario) Canadian poet, novelist, journalist

Lisa Morton (11 dec 1958 – Pasadena CA) screenwriter, horror author

Charlotte Golar Richie (11 dec 1958 – Brooklyn NY) MA state politician, one of three Commissioners of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Leslie Esdaile [L. E.] Banks (11 dec 1959 – 02 aug 2011 | Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia PA) African-American, women’s fiction / crime suspense / dark fantasy / horror / non-fiction multi-genre author

Mary [M.] Rickert (11 dec 1959 – Port Washington WI) fantasy fiction author

Siona Benjamin (11 dec 1960 – Bombay, India) Indian-American visual artist