12 dec 19 | women.born.today

Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (19 dec 1820 – 23 may 1905 | Boston MA – Melrose MA) editor, author, essayist, journalist, memoirist, suffragist, newspaper founder, women’s biographer, Universalist minister, women’s rights activist, temperance advocate, Civil War Sanitary Commission member

Jane Cunningham Croly (19 dec 1829 – 23 dec 1901 | New York NY – Lakewood NJ) suffragist, memoirist, journalist, columnist, Sorosis women’s press club founder, General Federation of Women’s Clubs founder

Ada Lydia Howard (19 dec 1829 – 02 mar 1907 | Temple NH – Methuen MA) educator, first female president of Wellesley College

Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson (19 dec 1830 – 12 may 1913 | Old Deerfield MA – Amherst MA) poet, writer, editor, traveler, intimate and sister-in-law to Emily Dickinson

Maria Louise Sanford (19 dec 1836 – 21 apr 1920 | Old Saybrook CT – Washington DC) educator, English / rhetoric / history / elocution professor

Elizabeth Parker (19 dec 1856 – 26 oct 1944 | Colchester County, Nova Scotia – Winnipeg, Manitoba) journalist, feminist, Alpine Club of Canada co-founder

Minnie Maddern Fiske (19 dec 1865 – 15 feb 1932 | New Orleans LA – Hollis NY) actress, playwright, artistic freedom activist, theatre producer / director, born Marie Augusta Davey

Grace Marie Bareis (19 dec 1875 – 15 jun 1962 | Canal Winchester OH – Columbus OH) educator, social activist, mathematician, first to receive doctorate in mathematics from Ohio State University, founding member Mathematical Association of America

Eleanor Hodgman Porter (19 dec 1868 – 21 may 1920 | Littleton NH – Cambridge MA) novelist, short story writer

Hetty Goldman (19 dec 1881 – 04 may 1972 | New York NY – Princeton NJ) author, archeologist, first female faculty member at Institute for Advanced Study

Elizabeth [May] Adams Craig (19 dec 1889 – 15 jul 1975 | Coosaw Mines SC – Silver Spring MD) journalist, suffragist, children’s equal education activist, WWII / Korean War / US political correspondent

Lydia Bak Sure [Schier] (19 dec 1890 – 02 apr 1962 | Vienna, Austria – Los Angeles CA) Austrian-American author, psychiatrist, individual psychologist

Pauline Gracia Beery Mack (19 dec 1891 – 22 oct 1974 | Norborne MO – Denton TX) author, chemist, home economist, college administrator, nutrition / radiation / bone density research expert

Dorothy Wagner Puccinelli Cravath (19 dec 1901 – 24 may 1974 | San Antonio TX – Berkeley CA) WPA-era artist and muralist

Dusolina Giannini (19 dec 1902 – 29 jun 1986 | Philadelphia PA – Zurich, Switzerland) Italian-American operatic dramatic soprano

Dorothy Marie Johnson (19 dec 1905 – 11 nov 1984 | McGregor IA – Missoula MT) poet, author, essayist, short fiction writer

Anne Anastasi (19 dec 1908 – 04 may 2001 | New York NY – New York NY) author, psychologist, psychometric pioneer / innovator, psychological testing expert / researcher

Sally Ann Lowengart Lilienthal (19 dec 1919 – 24 oct 2006 | Portland OR – San Francisco CA) artist, art collector, arts advocate, nuclear disarmament activist, founded Ploughshares Funds, vice-chair Amnesty International

Beatrice Willard (19 dec 1925 – 07 jan 2003 | Palm Springs CA – Longmont CO) author, botanist, arctic tundra researcher, first female member US Council on Environmental Quality

Jeane Kirkpatrick (19 dec 1926 – 07 dec 2006 | Duncan OK – Bethesda MD) author, politician, ambassador, anti-communist critic, née Jeane Duane Jordan

Anne Evelyn [Eve] Bunting (19 dec 1928 – Maghera, Ireland) Irish-born American fiction / non-fiction writer, children’s author

Charlotte Murray Curtis (19 dec 1928 – 16 apr 1987 | Chicago IL – Columbus OH) newspaper editor / columnist / journalist

Nan Ahearn Talese (19 dec 1933 – Rye NY) editor, publishing industry veteran

Mireille Dansereau (19 dec 1943 – Montreal, Quebec) French-Canadian former dancer, film director, screenwriter

Jacquelyn Grant (19 dec 1948 – Georgetown SC) African-American author, professor, feminist, reverend, theologian, founding member of womanist theology

Vicky A. Clark (19 dec 1950 – Atlanta GA) author, art historian, independent curator of contemporary art

Linda Woolverton (19 dec 1952 – Long Beach CA) novelist, playwright, screenwriter, first woman to write animated feature for Disney pictures

Lucinda Roy (19 dec 1955 – Battersea, England) British-American poet, novelist, educator

Christine Negroni (19 dec 1956 – Miami FL) aviation / travel writer

Kim Anno (19 dec 1958 – Los Angeles CA) Japanese-American editor, author, essayist, abstract painter, art professor / chair of painting department

Christie Repasy (19 dec 1958 – Maywood CA) floral painter, visual artist, known for floral painted furniture

Laura Whitcomb  (19 dec 1958 – Pasadena CA) novelist, teacher

Chantal Juillet (19 dec 1960 – Montreal, Quebec) concert violinist