12 dec 23 | women.born.today

Helen Cecilia De Silver Abbot Michael (23 dec 1857 – 29 nov 1904 | Philadelphia PA – Boston MA) author, chemist, doctor, biologist, hospital founder, plant analysis expert / researcher

Louisa Melvin Delos Mars (23 dec 1859 – c. 1926 | Providence RI – Boston MA) singer, composer, first African-American woman to have her opera performed, one of first black graduates of New England Conservatory

Harriet Monroe (23 dec 1860 – 26 sep 1936 | Chicago IL – Arequipa, Peru) poet, editor, scholar, biographer, playwright, literary critic, patron of arts, autobiographical author, Poetry magazine editor / founder / publisher

Sarah Breedlove (23 dec 1867 – 25 may 1919 | Delta LA – Irvington-on-Hudson NY) African-American, philanthropist, aka Madam C. J. Walker, cosmetics company founder / owner / entrepreneur,  first US female self-made millionaire

Ella Ade McCray (23 dec 1867 – 19 dec 1947 | Indiana US – Kentland IN) First Lady of Indiana

Jessie Richmond Tarbox Beals (23 dec 1870 – 30 may 1942 Hamilton, Ontario – New York NY) photographer, photojournalist, first US female nighttime photographer

Lala Fay Watts (23 dec 1881 – 08 nov 1971 | Northfield MA – Fort Worth TX) suffragist, labor activist, temperance advocate, first Texas child welfare inspector, first Chief of TX Department of Labor Women’s Division

María Luisa Arcelay 23 dec 1898 – 17 oct 1981 | Mayagüez, Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) politician, educator, businesswoman, first woman in Puerto Rico elected to government legislature

Anna J. Harrison (23 dec 1912 – 08 aug 1998 | Benton City MO – Holyoke MA) author, chemist, professor

Sarah Maxine Meyer Greene (23 dec 1917 – 29 may 2014 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) author, teacher, social activist, philanthropist, educational philosopher, Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education founder

Sophie Friedman Masloff (23 dec 1917 – 17 aug 2014 | Pittsburgh PA – Mrt Lebanon PA) politician, first Jewish female mayor Pittsburgh PA

Miriam Waddington (23 dec 1917 – 03 mar 2004 | Winnipeg, Manitoba – Vancouver, British Columbia) Canadian poet, translator, short story writer

Zara Nelsova (23 dec 1918 – 10 oct 2002 | Winnipeg, Manitoba – New York NY) Canadian cellist, mast teacher, born Sara Nelson or Katznelson

Edith Mae Irby Jones (23 dec 1927 – near Conway AR) first black intern in Arkansas State, first African-American medical student in desgregated classes in US South, first female president of National Medical Association, cofounded two international hospitals in Haiti and Mexico

Geills McCrae Kilgour Turner (23 dec 1937 – Winnipeg, Manitoba) photographer, political family member, wife of former Canadian Prime Minister

Patricia Gretchen Mann Brewin (23 dec 1938 – Ottawa, Ontario) Canadian politician, first female Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia

Nancy Stevenson Graves (23 dec 1939 – 21 oct 1995 | Pittsfield MA – New York NY) sculptor, painter, printmaker, filmmaker

Nathalie Dupree (23 dec 1939 – New Jersey US) Southern chef, author, tv cooking show host

Lois Kathryn Herr (23 dec 1941 – Hershey PA) author, politician, progressive labor activist

Claire Porter (23 dec 1942 – New Britain CT) author, dancer, dance educator, comedienne, choreographer

Christopher [Kit] Lynn Bakke (23 dec 1946 – Seattle WA) nurse, civil / political / women’s rights activist, former SDS / Weather Underground member

Beverly Marie Inman Beaver (23 dec 1946 – 21 apr 2011 | Tuscumbia AL – Tuscumbia AL) romantic suspense novelist, penname: Beverly Barton

Aviva Kempner (23 dec 1946 – Berlin, Germany) Jewish-American historical / biographical / documentary filmmaker

Susan Victoria Lucci (23 dec 1946 – Scarsdale NY) author, actress, tv host, entrepreneur

Angela Marie [Bay] Buchanan (23 dec 1948 – Washington DC) LDS, author, memoirist, biographer, former US Treasurer, conservative political commentator

Julia Smith Gibbons (23 dec 1950 – Pulaski TN) jurist, Judge on US Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Allison Argo (23 dec 1953 – Richmond VA) writer, editor, director, narrator, film producer

Holly Dale (23 dec 1953 – Toronto, Ontario) Canadian film producer, tv / film director, independent production company co-owner

Margaret D. Lowman (23 dec 1953 – Elmira NY) author, biologist, educator, ecologist, explorer, public speaker, aka Canopy Meg

Diane Schwerm Sykes (23 dec 1957 – Milwaukee WI) former Justice of Wisconsin Supreme Court, Judge for Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit