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Mary Tappan Wright (14 dec 1851 – 25 aug 1916 | Steubenville OH – Cambridge MA) novelist, short story writer

Lavinia Norman (14 dec 1882 – 22 jan 1983 | Montgomery WV – Washington DC) African-American teacher, drama coach, co-founding member of first African-American women’s college sorority

Helen Steketee (14 dec 1882 – 23 aug 1974 | Grand Rapids MI – Grand Rapids MI) artist, still-life painter

Jane Bailey Cowl (14 dec 1883 – 22 jun 1950 | Boston MA – Santa Monica CA) playwright, stage / film actress, WWII co-director of NYC Stage Door Canteen

Ethel Browne Harvey (14 dec 1885 – 02 sep 1965 | Baltimore MD – Falmouth MA) author, zoologist, embryologist, women’s educational rights activist / advocate

Marguerite Bertsch (14 dec 1889 – 1967 | New York NY – unknown) author, film director, playwright, screenwriter

Katherine MacDonald (14 dec 1891 – 04 jun 1956 | Pittsburgh PA – Santa Barbara CA) actress, film producer, cosmetics entrepreneur

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith (14 dec 1897 – 29 may 1995 | Skowhegan ME – Skowhegan ME) author, politician, professor

Helen Blair Bartlett (14 dec 1901 – 25 aug 1969 | Sharpsville PA – Southern Pines NC) geologist, spark plug insulator material inventor / innovator

Marya Mannes (14 dec 1904 – 13 sep 1990 | New York NY – San Francisco CA) author, novelist, literary critic

Rosalyn Tureck (14 dec 1914 – 17 jul 2003 | Chicago IL – New  York NY) pianist, composer, conductor, harpsichordist, International Bach Society founder

Shirley Hardie Jackson (14 dec 1916 – 08 aug 1965 | San Francisco CA – North Bennington VT) author, mystery / horror novelist

Elyse Knox (14 dec 1917 – 15 feb 2012 | Hartford CT – Los Angeles CA) model, actress, fashion designer, née Elsie Lillian Kornbrath

June Taylor (14 dec 1917 – 16 may 2004 | Chicago IL – Miami FL) dancer, choreographer, founded June Taylor Dancers

Margery Stewart Johnson (14 dec 1919 – 26 apr 2012 | Wabash IN – Studio City CA) model, actress, aka Uncle Sam’s Poster Girl, WWII US Army poster model

Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein (14 dec 1921 – New York NY) artist, author, designer, printmaker, art historian, pioneer women-in-art-history professor

Ann Wood Waldron (14 dec 1924 – 02 jul 2010 | Birmingham AL – Princeton NJ) biographer, child / young adult novelist, murder mystery writer

Karan Armstrong (14 dec 1941 – Havre MT) operatic soprano, singing-actress

Ellen Jane Willis (14 dec 1941 – 09 nov 2006 | New York NY – Queens NY) activist, journalist, radical feminist, political essayist, pop music critic

Lin Farley (14 dec 1942 – US) author, feminist, journalist, coined term ‘sexual harassment’, expert on issue of workplace sexual harassment

Susan Westerberg Prager (14 dec 1942 – Sacramento CA) legal scholar, law school dean, family / community property / historic preservation law specialist

Linda Laughlin McIntosh (14 dec 1943 – Montreal, Quebec) artist, author, teacher, illustrator, politician, tv commentator, educational inclusion advocate

Andrea Elizabeth Gerson Michaels (14 dec 1943 – Rab, Croatia) US author, speaker, meeting and event producer, Extraordinary Events CEO / founder

Catherine Elizabeth Snow (14 dec 1945 – Toledo OH) author, applied linguist, educational psychologist

Anna Marie [Patty] Duke (14 dec 1946 – 29 mar 2016 | Elmhurst NY – Coeur d’Alene ID) tv / stage / film actress, mental health advocate, autobiographical author, nuclear disarmament activist

Valerie Bobbett Gardner (14 dec 1947 – Boston MA) author, violinist, pedagogue

Marilyn Jager Adams (14 dec 1948 – US) author, professor, cognitive / developmental psychologist, cognition and education specialist

Amy Hempel (14 dec 1951 – Chicago IL) journalist, short story writer, creative writing professor

Susan Meehan [S. M.] Smoller (14 dec 1952 – US) author, aka Sudi, librarian, biographer

Dee-Deborah [Rachel] Martin (14 dec 1954 – Austin TX) writer, painter, musician, printmaker, draftswoman, performance artist

Deidre Macnab (14 dec 1955 – New York NY) social / community activist, women’s / voting rights advocate, former president League of Women Voters of Florida

Jill Catherine Pipher (14 dec 1955 – Harrisburg PA) author, academic, mathematician, cryptography expert / researcher

Mary Beth Harrell (14 dec 1956 – New York NY) attorney, Assisi Animal Refuge chief operator, former television talk show host / producer

Alice Schroeder (14 dec 1956 – Texas US) author, columnist, former senior advisor / insurance analyst

Catherine Grace [Cady] Coleman (14 dec 1960 – Charleston SC) chemist, NASA astronaut, former US Air Force officer, two space shuttle missions veteran