12 dec 27 | women.born.today

Fannie Ogden Ide (27 dec 1853 – 02 jul 1927 | Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn NY) children’s author, penname: Ruth Ogden

Florence Byrne Cartwright (27 dec 1863 – 22 sep 1944 | Galena IL – Salem OR) poet, sestina / metrical composition expert

Mina Loy (27 dec 1882 – 25 sep 1966 | London UK – Aspen CO) British-born American poet, artist, novelist, actress, designer, futurist, bohemian, playwright, lamp designer, Christian Scientist, née Mina Gertrude Löwry

Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (27 dec 1898 – 01 mar 1985 | Cetinje, Montenegro – Scottsdale AZ ) Montenegrin-American novelist, master sacred dancer, Gurdjieff / Theosophical member, F. L. Wright autobiographical editor / author, Taliesin Fellowship co-creator / director

Marie Magdalene [Marlene] Dietrich (27 dec 1901 – 06 may 1992 | Schöneberg, Germany – Paris, France) German-American singer, actress, social icon, memoirist, autobiographical author

Frieda Barkin Hennock (27 dec 1904 – 20 jun 1960 | Kovel, Ukraine – Washington DC) Ukrainian-American lawyer, FCC Commissioner, public tv founder / innovator

Elizabeth Smart (27 dec 1913 – 04 mar 1986 | Ottawa, Ontario – London UK) Canadian poet, novelist

Betty Jean Jennings Bartik (27 1924 – 23 mar 2011 | Gentry MO – Poughkeepsie NY) inventor, technical publisher, computer software inventor / innovator / programmer, first all-electronic digital computer (ENIAC) co-developer

Anne Legendre Armstrong (27 dec 1927 – 30 jul 2008 | New Orleans LA – Houston TX) US diplomat, politician, first female Counselor to US President, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Mary Ellen [Meg] Greenfield (27 dec 1930 – 13 may 1999 | Seattle WA – Bainbridge Island WA) columnist, memoirist, editorial writer, Fulbright Scholar, awarded Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

Ruth Carol Taylor (27 dec 1931 – Boston MA) nurse, first female African-American flight attendant, women’s rights / consumer affairs activist

Norma Rae Beatty Ashby (27 dec 1935 – Helena MT) live tv show co-host, broadcast journalist, documentary filmmaker

Sandra Gilbert (27 dec 1936 – New York NY) poet, professor, literary critic, co-author, non-fiction writer, second-wave feminist critic and theorist

Martha Shelley (27 dec 1943 – Brooklyn NY) lesbian poet, writer, activist, feminist

Diane Stanley (27 dec 1943 – Abilene TX) children’s author, illustrator, graphic artist

Marie-Marthe Aldéa Landry (27 dec 1945 – Sainte-Cécile, New Brunswick) lawyer, politician, public servant, former Bank of Canada director

Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs [Cokie] Roberts (27 dec 1946 – New Orleans LA) author, journalist, memoirist, political commentator, NPR senior news analyst

Janet Perry (27 dec 1947 – Minneapolis MN) operatic soprano

Ydessa Hendeles (27 dec 1948 – Marburg, Germany) German-Canadian, artist-curator, philanthropist, Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation director

Isola Jones (27 dec 1949 – Chicago IL) operatic mezzo-soprano

Terri Sue [Tovah] Feldshuh (27 dec 1952 – New York NY) singer, actress, playwright

Sheila Ann Dixon (27 dec 1953 – Baltimore MD) first African-American female City Council of Baltimore, Baltimore’s first female mayor /  third black mayor, convicted of misappropriating public funds which forced her to resignation

Barbara Kay Bracher Olson (27 dec 1955 – 11 sep 2001 | Houston TX – Arlington VA) author, attorney, tv commentator, former US Federal Prosecutor, 9/11 victim at US Pentagon

Patricia Gaffney (27 dec 1956 – Tampa FL) romance novelist, women’s fiction writer

Karen Parfitt Hughes (27 dec 1956 – Paris, France) American author, memoirist, public relations professional, breast cancer research activist

Gerina Dunwich (27 dec 1959 – Chicago IL) author, Wiccan, pagan poet, occult historian, professional astrologer, Paranormal Animal Research Group founder

Victoria Paige Meyerink (27 dec 1960 – Santa Barbara CA) producer, former child actor, youngest female film producer [in 1982 at age 22]