12 dec 12 | women.born.today

Martha Jane Coston (12 dec 1826 – 09 jul 1904 | Baltimore MD – Philadelphia PA) businesswoman, Coston emergency marine flare inventor / purveyor

Sarah Brown Ingersoll Cooper (12 dec 1835 – 11 dec 1896 | Cazenovia NY – San Francisco CA) editor, educator, philanthropist, kindergarten activist / founder

Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls (12 dec 1839 – 20 apr 1924 | Brookfield WI – De Smet SD) folk / literary / mother figure

Charlotte [Lottie] Digges Moon (12 dec 1840 – 24 dec 1912 | Albemarle County VA – Kobe Harbor, Japan) teacher, evangelist, missionary

Lillian Nordica (12 dec 1857 – 10 may 1914 | Farmington ME –  Jakarta, Indonesia) memoirist, operatic dramatic soprano

Clara Damrosch Mannes (12 dec 1869 – 16 mar 1948 | Breslau, Silesia – New York NY) German-American editor, musician, music teacher / school founder

Rose Emily [Lola] Ridge (12 dec 1873 – 19 may 1941 | Dublin, Ireland – Brooklyn NY) Irish-American editor, feminist, anarchist, avant-garde poet

Rachel Crothers (12 dec 1878 – 05 jul 1958 | Bloomington IL – Danbury CT) feminist, playwright, theatre director

Lillian Eugenia Smith (12 dec 1897 – 28 sep 1966 | Jasper FL – Atlanta GA) Southern US novelist, memoirist, social critic, civil rights activist

Ruth Kaiko Sato (12 dec 1904 – 09 dec 1992 | New York NY – San Diego CA) chorus dancer, gossip columnist, musician promoter, nightclub manager, aka first Japanese chorus girl on Broadway

Margo Jones (12 dec 1911 – 24 jul 1955 | Livingston TX – Dallas TX) author, stage director / producer, US regional theatre movement innovator

Italia Pennino Coppola (12 dec 1912 – 21 jan 2004 | Brooklyn NY – Los Angeles CA) Italian-American actress, matriarch, cookbook author

Helen Frankenthaler (12 dec 1928 – 27 dec 2011 | New York NY – Darien CT) abstract expressionist painter / printmaker

Blanche M. Manning (12 dec 1934 – Chicago IL) US District Court Judge for Northern District of Illinois

Carol Lowery Delaney (12 dec 1940 – New York NY) author, cultural anthropologist, gender and religion specialist

Frances Louise Willard (12 dec 1940 – US) mentalist, magician

E. Jean Carroll (12 dec 1943 – Detroit MI) journalist, advice columnist

Arleen Schloss (12 dec 1943 – Brooklyn NY) curator, director, art pioneer, sound poet, film / video artist,performance art pioneer

Ginjer Buchanan (12 dec 1944 – Pittsburgh PA) social worker, short fiction writer, sci-fi / fantasy book publisher editor-in-chief for Penguin Books

Lynn Garafola (12 dec 1946 – New York NY) critic, author, linguist, curator, academic, lecturer, educator, researcher, dance historian

Paula Sue Kauffman Wagner (12 dec 1946 – Youngstown OH) film executive, film producer

Amanda Williams (12 dec 1946 – Albany GA) former Superior Court judge on Brunswick Circuit in Georgia, subject of ethics code / This American Life profile

Su Friedrich (12 dec 1954 – New Haven CT) avant-garde filmmaker

Pat Marie Gagnon (12 dec 1955 – Orem UT) singer, actress, aka Patti Miner, entrepreneur, nonfiction author

Joan E. Donoghue (12 dec 1957 – Yonkers NY) jurist, Judge on International Court of Justice

Sheila Escovedo (12 dec 1957 – Oakland CA) singer, actress, memoirist, social activist, percussionist, aka Sheila E. and The Queen of Percussion

Brenda Marie Osbey (12 dec 1957 – New Orleans LA) poet

Elizabeth Maguire (12 dec 1958 – 08 apr 2006 | New York NY – New York NY) editor, novelist, publisher

Martha Southgate (12 dec 1960 – Cleveland OH) novelist, essayist