12 dec 15 | women.born.today

Anne Hollingsworth Wharton (15 dec 1845 – 29 jul 1928 | Southampton Furnace PA – Philadelphia PA) author, essayist, genealogist, US Colonial / Revolutionary historian

Vida Dutton Scudder (15 dec 1861 – 09 oct 1954 | Madurai, India – Wellesley MA) author, essayist, lecturer, professor, memoirist, autobiographer, social gospel movement / welfare activist

Myra Jane Albert Wiggins (15 dec 1869 – 13 jan 1956 | Salem OR – Seattle WA) author, painter, pictorial photographer, Photo-Secession member

Eslanda [Essie] Cardozo Goode Robeson (15 dec 1896 – 13 dec 1965 | Washington DC – New York NY) African-American actor, author, activist, anthropologist

Elizabeth [Betty] Whener Smith (15 dec 1896 – 17 jan 1972 | Brooklyn NY – Shelton CT) novelist, dramatist, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Irene Lentz (15 dec 1901 – 15 nov 1962 | Baker MT – Los Angeles CA) costume designer / director / supervisor

Eliza Atkins Gleason (15 dec 1909 – 15  dec 2009 | Winston-Salem NC – Chicago IL) author, librarian, educator, first African-American female PhD Library Science, first dean and founder of Atlanta U School of Library Science

Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames (15 dec 1912 – 21 aug 1988 | Sacramento CA – Los Angeles CA) artist, designer, filmmaker, innovator in textiles, furniture, photography, architecture, manufacturing, and industrial design

Muriel Rukeyser (15 dec 1913 – 12 feb 1980 | New York NY – New York NY) Jewish-American poet, political activist

Jacqueline Malino Wilentz (15 dec 1927 – 29 mar 1989 | New York NY – New York NY) artist, art historian, philanthropist

Minnie Lou Ottinger Bradley (15 dec 1931 – Hinton OK) teacher, Texas ranch matriarch, women’s trailblazer in livestock breeding and ranch management, first woman to win International Livestock Judging contest, first / only female president of American Angus Association

Gertrude [Ann] Breault (15 dec 1938 – Moncton, New Brunswick) Canadian nurse, teacher, journalist, former politician

Asha Seth (15 dec 1939 – Lucknow, India) Indian-Canadian author, physician, politician, philanthropist

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (15 dec 1942 – New Iberia LA) author, teacher, politician, public servant, Governor of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina

Sharon Ann Chatman (15 dec 1947 – US) attorney, former teacher, former women’s basketball coach, Senior judge of Superior Court of Santa Clara County California

Melanie Chartoff (15 dec 1950 – New Haven CT) actress, voice artist, inventor, co-invented Grayway Rotating Drain (domestic-use graywater recycling device)

Vicki Fujii Matsumori (15 dec 1950 – Murray UT) journalist, LDS Church leader

Lorian Hemingway (15 dec 1951 – Los Angeles CA) essayist, short story writer, fiction / non-fiction author

Julie Taymor (15 dec 1952 – Newton MA) author, costume designer, film / stage / opera director

Debora Kuller Shuger (15 dec 1953 – New York NY) author, scholar, literary historian

Clayton Spencer (15 dec 1954 – Concord NC) attorney, policymaker, academic administrator

Sara Driver (15 dec 1955 – Westfield NJ) independent filmmaker

Laura Molina (15 dec 1957 – Los Angeles CA) Mexican-American artist, actress, musician

Marsha Lane Hatley Farney (15 dec 1958 – Dallas TX) civic activist, state politician, former realtor, teacher, professor, school counselor

Donna Lease Brazile (15 dec 1959 – Kenner LA) author, academic, memoirist, cookbook author, political analyst / commentator