12 dec 28 | women.born.today

Eliza Lucas Pinckney Rutledge (28 dec 1722 – 26 may 1793 | Antigua, British West Indies – Philadelphia PA) diarist, letter correspondent, indigo plantation manager

Catharine Maria Sedgwick (28 dec 1789 – 31 jul 1867 | Stockbridge MA – Boston MA) novelist, domestic fiction writer, Republican motherhood advocate

Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard (28 dec 1816 – 25 jul 1897 | Ware MA – Cook County IL) author, founded anti-insane asylum society, women’s mental health rights activist / advocate

Ella Mae Ervin Romig (28 dec 1871 – 01 jan 1937 | Wilkes-Barre PA – Bethel AK) nurse, missionary wife in Alaska, against Moravian church allowed her children to adopt Yup’ik diet, dress, and customs

Carol Ryrie Brink (28 dec 1895 – 15 aug 1981 | Moscow ID – La Jolla CA) adult and juvenile novelist / playwright

Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken (28 dec 1895 – 22 jun 1988 | Gainesville TX – Tucson AZ) author, playwright

Leona Rostenberg (28 dec 1908 – 17 mar 2005 | Bronx NY – Manhattan NY) author, memoirist, essayist, rare books dealer / collector

Aleda E. Lutz (28 dec 1915 – 01 nov 1944 | Freeland MI – Saint-Chamond, France) distinguished war heroine, flight nurse US with Army Nurse Corps, first American female combat death in WWII, second highest decorated woman in US history [after Civil War Era Doctor Mary Edwards Walker]

Loretta C. Ford (28 dec 1920 – New York NY) nurse, nurse educator, first US nurse practitioner program co-founder, University of Rochester nursing school founding dean

Janet Louise Swoboda Lunn (28 dec 1928 – Dallas TX) American-Canadian children’s writer, first children’s author Chair of Writers’ Union of Canada

Mary Fanett Wheeler (28 dec 1938 – Cuero TX) author, mathematician

Lise Waldman Menn (28 dec 1941 – Philadelphia PA) author, linguist, linguistics professor, psycholinguist scholar

Eleanor Atwood Arnason (28 dec 1942 – New York NY) sci-fi novelist / short story writer

Elsie Bernice Washington (28 dec 1942 – 05 may 2009 | New York NY – Manhattan NY) novelist, journalist, first African-American romance novelist written by African-American author featuring African-American characters

Sandra Faber (28 dec 1944 – Boston MA) editor, author, astronomer, co-discoverer of Faber-Jackson relation, co-designer of Keck telescopes in HI

Elizabeth Garcie [Betty] Flores (28 dec 1944 – Laredo TX) businesswoman, first female Mayor of Laredo, driving force behind World Trade Bridge

Dora Levy Mossanen (28 dec 1945 – Tel Aviv, Israel) Israelli-American media writer, historical novelist

Yasmin Aga Khan (28 dec 1949 – Lausanne, Switzerland) princess, philanthropist, Alzheimer’s awareness activist

Margaret D. Tutwiler (28 dec 1950 – Birmingham AL) US diplomat, former US State Department Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Debbie Willhite (28 dec 1951 – Memphis TN) political activist / consultant

Annette Patricia Lareau (28 dec 1952 – US) author, sociologist, researcher

Gayle King (28 dec 1954 – Chevy Chase MD) magazine editor-at-large, morning news anchor

Janice Chiang (28 dec 1955 – US) Asian-American comic book colorist / letterer

Isabelle Anna [Ziggy] Lorenc (28 dec 1958 – Toronto, Ontario) Canadian author, actress, tv / radio host / personality

Twila Paris (28 dec 1958 – Fort Worth TX) Christian author, pianist, singer-songwriter