12 dec 29 | women.born.today

Margaret McDonald Bottome (29 dec 1827 – 14 nov 1906 | New York NY – New York) author, magazine columnist, religious organizer, founded Christian spiritual development / service organization Order of the King’s Daughters

Lillian Heath (29 dec 1865 – 05 aug 1962 | Burnett Junction WI – Rawlins WY) memoirist, first female doctor in Wyoming, one of first female medical practitioners west of the Mississippi River

Annie Montague Alexander (29 dec 1867 – 10 dec 1950 | Honolulu HI – Oakland CA) explorer, paleontologist, philanthropist, museum founder, fossil hunter / collector

Rosa Hirschmann Gantt (29 dec 1875 – 16 nov 1935 | Camden SC – Philadelphia PA) physician, public health worker, eye-ear-nose-and-throat specialist

Elsa Gidlow (29 dec 1898 – 06 jun 1986 | Hull, England – Mill Valley CA) British-born Canadian-American poet, editor, philosopher, political activist, freelance journalist, autobiographical author

Frances Sutah [Polly] Smith (29 dec 1908 – 18 jun 1980 | Ruston LA – Auburn CA) painter, sculptor, photographer

Phyllis Sheffield (29 dec 1916 – 16 jul 2015 | Miami FL – Palatka FL) artist, painter, world traveller, maps and nautical charts maker, documentary photographer of Miccosukee Indians in Florida

Dina Merrill (29 dec 1923 – New York NY) actress, socialite, patron of arts, philanthropist, businesswoman, born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton 

June Preston (29 dec 1928 – Glendale CA) child actress, operatic spinto soprano / contralto

Margaret Carter (29 dec 1935 – Shreveport LA) former college counselor, domestic abuse survivor, former Oregon state politician, OR Department of Human Services Director of Community Engagement

Mary Tyler Moore (29 dec 1936 – 25 jan 2017 | Brooklyn NY – Greenwich CT) actress, memoirist, social / political / charitable activist

Thea Bowman (29 dec 1937 – 30 mar 1990 | Yazoo City MS – Canton MS) African-American, singer, author, Catholic nun / teacher / scholar / evangelist, National Black Sisters Conference founding member

Molly Bang (29 dec 1943 – Princeton NJ) children’s book author / artist / editor

Eileen Slattery Naughton (29 dec  1945 – Providence RI) consultant, Rhode Island state politician, historic Warwick RI Lockwood Brook Farm co-owner

Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen (29 dec 1947 – Pago Pago, American Samoa) politician, orator (talking chief) of Aumua, highest ranking Asian Pacific US federal officeholder, international democracy-building activist / participant

Nancy Elliott MacBeth (29 dec 1948 – Edmonton, Alberta) Canadian politician, former Minister of Education, former Minister of Health

Amy Mil Totenberg (29 dec 1950 – New York NY) jurist, attorney, District Judge on the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Ann Louise Aiken (29 dec 1951 – Salem OR) jurist, attorney, former Oregon State judge, former Chief Judge US District Court for the District of Oregon

Gelsey Kirkland (29 dec 1952 – Bethlehem PA) ballerina, memoirist, children’s book co-author

Joanne Hart (29 dec 1953 – Columbus OH) author, humorist, cameo actor, radio show host, aka Mother Love

Kate Schmidt (29 dec 1953 – Long Beach CA) abstract artist, former US record holder in javelin throw, college throwing coach, owns HomeBodies mobile fitness and rehab business

Charlaine [Charlayne] Woodard (29 dec 1953 – Albany NY) playwright, tv / film / stage actress

Carol Perkins (29 dec 1957 – Sarasota FL) model, businesswoman, pet product designer / business owner

Nancy Jane Decker Currie (29 dec 1958 – Wilmington DE) pilot, engineer, NASA astronaut, US Army Colonel, Master Army Aviator, Army Aviation School leader

Elonka Dunin (29 dec 1958 – Santa Monica CA) author, lecturer, video game developer, cryptographer, international expert in Kryptos sculpture at CIA Headquarters in Langley VA, founding member of Online Games group of International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

Kären Wigen (29 dec 1958 – East Lansing MI) author, educator, historian, geographer, Japanese history expert, history of cartography specialist

Paula Poundstone (29 dec 1959 – Huntsville AL) actor, author, interviewer, commentator, stand-up comedian