12 dec 26 | women.born.today

Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte [E. D. E. N.] Southworth (26 dec 1819 – 30 jun 1899 | Washington DC – Washington DC ) novelist, short fiction writer

Emily Wilder Leavitt (26 dec 1836 – 02 nov 1921 | Boston MA – Boston MA) historian, professional genealogist, first female member New England Historic Genealogical Society

Clara Southmayd Ludlow (26 dec 1852 – 28 sep 1924 | Easton PA – Washington DC) author, musician, scientist, music teacher, entomologist

Eva March Tappan (26 dec 1854 – 29 jan 1930 | Blackstone MA – Worcester MA) author, teacher, historical / biographical novelist

Susanna Phelps Gage (26 dec 1857 – 15 oct 1915 | Morrisville NY – Ithaca NY) author, sketcher, philanthropist, embryologist, comparative anatomist

[Amy] Gordon Hamilton (26 dec 1892 – 10 mar 1967 | Tenafly NJ – British Columbia, Canada) author, social work educator

Marion Telva (26 dec 1897 – 23 oct 1962 | St Louis MO – Norwalk CT) German-American operatic contralto

Ruth Elizabeth Moss Easterling (26 dec 1910 – 01 nov 2006 | Asheville NC – Charlotte NC) thirteen-term North Carolina State Representative, first elected at age 65 in 1976 / retired at age 92 in 2002

Rose Mary Woods (26 dec 1917 – 22 jan 2005 | Sebring OH – Alliance OH) US Presidential personal secretary, Watergate Scandal / political figure

Elaine Danforth Harmon (26 dec 1919 – 21 apr 2015 | Baltimore MD – Rockville MD) private pilot, independent real estate appraiser, US WWII aviator, member Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Helen Boehm (26 dec 1920 – 15 nov 2010 | Brooklyn NY – West Palm Beach FL) optician, dressmaker, aka Princess of Porcelain, figurine studios co-founder, autobiographical author, née Elena Francesca Stephanie Franzolin

Jenny Carter (26 dec 1931 – Worcester Park, England) English-Canadian, essayist, former Ontario politician / cabinet minister

Katharine Dickson [Kitty] Dukakis (26 dec 1936 – Cambridge MA) memoirist, political family  member, refugee / children’s activist

Jean Van Leeuwen (26 dec 1937 – Rutherford NJ) children’s book author

Lynn Morley Martin (26 dec 1939 – Evanston IL) former professor, corporate board member, former US Secretary of Labor, past UN Special Representative to Yugoslavia, former Chair of Council for the Advancement of Women

Kay Griffel (26 dec 1940 – Eldora IA) operatic spinto soprano, voice masterclass teacher

Jean Catherine Coulter (26 dec 1942 – Cameron County TX) romantic suspense / historical romance novelist

Dinitia Smith (26 dec 1945 – Cumberland MD) author, novelist, educator, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, former newspaper reporter

Candy Alt Crowley (26 dec 1948 – Kalamazoo MI) news anchor, talk show host, political correspondent

Fatima Houda-Pepin (26 dec 1951 – Meknes, Morocco) Canadian politician, former member Quebec Liberal Party, information society / technology researcher

Jane Leavy (26 dec 1951 – Roslyn NY) author, biographer, sportswriter, newspaper feature writer

Susan Howlet Butcher Day (26 dec 1954 – 05 aug 2006 | Cambridge MA – Seattle WA) dog musher, Iditarod champion, veterinary technician, children’s book author

Maura Ann Soden (26 dec 1955 – Richmond VA) writer, actress, film stylist, producer, casting director

Terre Blair (26 dec 1956 – Columbus OH) tv program producer, broadcast journalist, dubbed by NYTimes as “a female reporter that breaks a pattern”