12 dec 20 | women.born.today

Amy Kirby Post (20 dec 1803 – 29 jan 1889 | Jericho NY – Rochester NY) abolitionist, suffragist leader, Underground Railroad conductor, American National Women’s Suffrage Movement co-founder

Laura Smith Haviland (20 dec 1808 – 20 apr 1898 | Kitley, Ontario – Grand Rapids MI) abolitionist, suffragist, social reformer, temperance activist, Underground Railroad activist, orphanage founder / director

Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck (20 dec 1827 – 24 aug 1910 | Bellvale NY – Delaware County NY) hydrotherapist, newspaper founder / editor, women’s dress reform activist

Ellen Cheney Johnson (20 dec 1829 – 28 jun 1899 | Athol MA – London UK) educator, prison reformer, homeless women’s activist / reformer

Elsie Anderson de Wolfe (20 dec 1865 – 12 jul 1950 | New York NY – Versailles, France) author, actress,  aka Lady Mendl, WWI burn nurse, innovative interior decorator

Jessie Hubbell Bancroft (20 dec 1867 – 13 nov 1952 | Winona WI – Pittsfield MA) author, educator, physical education activist / advocate / innovator

Margaret Lynch Suckley (20 dec 1891 – 29 jun 1991 | Rhinebeck NY – Rhinebeck NY) FDR archivist, librarian, Presidential intimate / confidante

Susanne Katherina Knauth Langer (20 dec 1895 – 17 jul 1985 | New York NY – Old Lyme CT) author, arts / aesthetics philosopher

Marion Nevada Talley (20 dec 1906 – 03 jan 1983 | Nevada MO – Beverly Hills CA) operatic coloratura soprano, radio music program host, youngest woman to debut at Metropolitan Opera

Hortense Calisher (20 dec 1911 – 13 jan 2009 | New York NY – New York NY) novelist

Nancy Cummings Thayer Andrews de Forêt (20 dec 1919 – 11 aug 2006 | New York NY – New York NY) poet, artist, writer, literary family member

Valerie Elizabeth Bettis (20 dec 1919 – 26 sep 1982 | Houston TX – New York NY) modern dancer, stage director, choreographer

Beverly Pepper (20 dec 1922 – New York NY) sculptor, painter, site specific / monumental land artist

Jean Anne Carpenter Carnahan (20 dec 1933 – Washington DC) author, activist, politician, memoirist

Carole Dawn Reinhart (20 dec 1941 – Roselle NJ) memoirist, trumpet soloist, Fullbright Scholar, international master teacher

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (20 dec 1950 – Bryn Mawr PA) Polish-Livonian-American architect, urban planner

Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser (20 dec 1951 – Pennington Gap VA) jurist, attorney, former / first female Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Virginia

Sandra Cisneros (20 dec 1954 – Chicago IL) poet, novelist, short story writer

Coleen Rowley (20 dec 1954 – New Hampton IA) author, blogger, speaker, essayist, peace and political activist, former FBI agent / whistleblower

Gina Ferris Vaughn Wilkins (20 dec 1954 – Little Rock AR) romance novelist

Virginia Susan Sosnowski (20 dec 1955 – Warwick RI) farmer, state politician, owner / operator Sosnowski Farms

Lulu Delacre (20 dec 1957 – Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico) children’s book author and illustrator

Angela Elwell Hunt (20 dec 1957 – Winter Haven FL) Christian fiction / non-fiction author

Nalo Hopkinson (20 dec 1960 – Kingston, Jamaica) Afro-Jamaican-Canadian speculative fiction editor / author