12 dec 17 | women.born.today

Deborah Sampson Gannett (17 dec 1760 – 29 apr 1827 | Plympton MA – Sharon MA) diarist, memoirist, political activist, Continental soldier

Phoebe Worrall Palmer (17 dec 1807 – 02 nov 1874 | New York NY – New York NY) writer, evangelist, Holiness Movement co-founder

Delia Ann Webster (17 dec 1817 – 18 jan 1904 | Vergennes VT – Jeffersonville IN) teacher, abolitionist, Underground Railroad activist, girls’ school founder, aka The Petticoat Abolitionist

Celia Logan Connelly (17 dec 1837 – 18 jun 1904 | Philadelphia PA – New York NY) author, actress, aka L. Fairfax, journalist, playwright, translator, social activist / organizer

Kate M. Youngman (17 dec 1841 – 29 sep 1910 | Kingston NY – Tokyo, Japan) missionary, founded Kohzensha Leprosy Hospital in Tokyo

Harriet Taylor Upton (17 dec 1853 – 02 nov 1945 | Ravenna OH – Pasadena CA) author, suffragist, political leader

Mary Bayard Morgan Wootten (17 dec 1875 – 06 apr 1959 | New Bern NC – New Bern NC) artist, teacher, photographer, designed original Pepsi logo

Janet Graeme Travell (17 dec 1901 – 01 aug 1997 | New York NY – Northampton MA) author, physician, medical researcher, trigger point therapy innovator, first female physician for US President

Agness [Aggie] Underwood (17 dec 1902 – 03 jul 1984 | San Francisco CA – Greeley CO) journalist, first female city editor of major US newspaper

Thelma Frazier Winter (17 dec 1908 – 24 jun 1977 | Gnadenhutten OH – Cleveland Heights OH) painter, enamelist, ceramic sculptor

Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson (17 dec 1933 – New York NY) author, lawyer, professor, former Chief Justice Wisconsin Supreme Court

Jennie M. Forehand (17 dec 1935 – Nashville TN) teacher, statistician, Maryland State legislator, businesswoman, juvenile court probation counselor, founded Forehand Antiques and Interiors

Bertha Harris (17 dec 1936 – 22 may 2005 | Fayetteville NC – New York NY) lesbian novelist, biographer

Carol Mutter (17 dec 1945 – Greeley CO) former US Marine Corps lieutenant-general, first woman US Armed Forces appointed three-star grade, many other first female rankings throughout her military career

Kathleen Deignan (17 dec 1945 – London UK) Irish-American author, theologian, liturgical minister, sacred song writer, Iona Spirituality Institute founder / director, International Thomas Merton Society president

Megan Frances Edwards (17 dec 1952 – Great Lakes IL) author, editor, short fiction writer, co-founded website RoadTrip America

Lucille Tenazas (17 dec 1953 – The Philippines) US artist, educator, designer, arts professor

Lynda Durrant (17 dec 1954 – Ohio US) children’s author

Karen Hagemann (17 dec 1955 – Hamburg, Germany) German-American editor, author, historian, professor

Nancy-Ann DeParle (17 dec 1956 – Cleveland OH) writer, attorney, Rhodes Scholar, national political administrator

Carol Anne Meehan (17 dec 1956 – Ottawa, Ontario) blogger, former television news anchor