12 dec 31 | women.born.today

Lucretia Crocker (31 dec 1829 – 09 oct 1886 | Barnstable MA – Boston MA) author, educator, first female supervisor Boston Public Schools, education activist / advocate / innovator

Mary Jane Safford-Blake (31 dec 1834 – 08 dec 1891 | Hyde Park VT – Tarpon Springs FL) author, teacher, Civil War Union field nurse

Elizabeth Arden (31 dec 1878 – 18 oct 1966 | Woodbridge, Ontario – New York NY) Canadian-American author, social icon, beauty products innovator, cosmetics businesswoman, née Florence Nightingale Graham

[Ida] Frances [Fanny] Steloff (31 dec 1887 – 15 apr 1989 | Saratoga Springs NY – New York NY) literary icon / innovator, legendary Gotham Book Mart owner

Helen Adolf (31 dec 1895 – 13 dec 1998 | Vienna, Austria – State College PA) Austrian-American poet, author, linguist, translator, literature scholar

Lucile Lundquist Blanch (31 dec 1895 – 31 oct 1981 | Hawley MN – Kingston NY) painter, Guggenheim Fellow

Lillian Marie Bounds Disney (31 dec 1899 – 16 dec 1997 | Spalding ID – West Los Angeles CA) inker, artist, original namer of Mickey Mouse

Selma Burke (31 dec 1900 – 29 aug 1995 | Mooresville NC – New Hope PA) African-American sculptor, art school founder

Helen Dodson Prince (31 dec 1905 – 04 feb 2002 | Baltimore MD – Arlington VA) author, astronomer, pioneer solar flare researcher, women astronomers’ advocate

Elizabeth MacKethan Magid (31 dec 1917 – 23 mar 2004 | North Carolina US – Golden CO) poet, pilot, freelance writer

Ruth Rogers-Altmann (31 dec 1917 – 11 oct 2015 | Vienna, Austria – New York NY) Austrian-American painter, fashion designer

Kyra Petrovskaya Wayne (31 dec 1918 – Crimea, Russia) Russian-born American singer, author, lecturer, Siege of Leningrad survivor

Carmen Contreras-Bozak (31 dec 1919 – Cayey, Puerto Rico) first Hispanic in US Women’s Army Corps (WAC), founded Florida chapters for WAC Veterans and the Society of Military Widows

Recy Taylor (31 dec 1919 – Henry County AL) civil rights activist / catalyst, black woman kidnapped from church / raped by six white men (never charged), 67 years after-the-fact, Alabama apologized for the injustice / lack of prosecution

Pat Ostroot Russell (31 dec 1923 – Portland OR) politician, WWII mail carrier / furniture maker, fourth woman on LA City Council, first female Los Angeles City Council President

Nancy Hanks (31 dec 1927 – 07 jan 1983 | Miami Beach FL – New York NY) arts / civic activist, first female National Endowment of the Arts chairperson

Odetta Felious Gordon Holmes (31 dec 1930 – 02 dec 2008 | Birmingham AL – New York NY) African-American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, civil / human rights activist, aka Voice of Civil Rights Movement

Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali (31 dec 1933 – 23 dec 2013 | Athens, Greece – Athens, Greece) Greek-American sculptor, pioneer mixed media artist

Inge Auerbacher (31 dec 1934 – Kippenheim, Germany) German-Jewish-American, author, chemist, memoirist, Holocaust survivor

Bari Eve Prosterman Wood (31 dec 1936 – Jacksonville IL) sci-fi / crime / horror novelist

Cecelia Holland (31 dec 1943 – Henderson NV) historical novelist / nonfiction writer, children’s book author

Ruth [June] Hunt (31 dec 1944 – Dallas TX) religious author, non-profit ministry founder, Chief Service Officer (CSO) of Hope for the Heart and for Hope Center

Arlyn Sharyn Dunetz Phoenix (31 dec 1944 – Bronx NY) matriarch, midwifery educator, social / global sustainability activist, cofounded River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Lois Galgay Reckitt (31 dec 1944 – Cambridge MA) feminist, essayist, marine biologist, state legislator, LGBT / human rights activist, domestic violence awareness advocate, former Executive Director of Family Crisis Services, co-founded: first NOW Chapter in Maine, Human Rights Campaign Fund, Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Coalition for Human Rights

Constance Elaine Trimmer [Connie] Willis (31 dec 1945 – Denver CO) sci-fi / comic sci-fi / social satire / comedy of manners author

Diane von Fürstenberg (31 dec 1946 – Brussels, Belgian) Belgian-American author, memoirist, fashion icon / designer, née Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg

Jane I. Guyer (31 dec 1946 – Scotland UK) Scottish-American author, social / cultural anthropologist, economic development specialist

Wendy Gaynor (31 dec 1947 – US) author, baker, memoirist, columnist, entrepreneur, traumatic brain injury activist / fundraiser

Ellen Datlow (31 dec 1949 – New York NY) sci-fi / horror / fantasy editor and anthologist

Susan Shwartz (31 dec 1949 – Youngstown OH) novelist, short story writer

Susan Wornick (31 dec 1949 – Bronx NY) current tv host / spokesperson, former radio anchor / reporter / journalist, charities philanthropist

Susan Elaine Eisenhower (31 dec 1951 – Fort Knox KY) author, consultant, international energy / security / space policy expert

Janet-Laine Green (31 dec 1951 – Toronto, Ontario) teacher, actress, director, producer, voice actor, production company owner

Sheryl Lynam Stamps Leach (31 dec 1952 – Dallas TX) author, children’s tv show creator / writer / producer

Clarice Tinsley (31 dec 1954 – Detroit MI) broadcast journalist

Ann E. London (31 dec 1957 – Southern CA) artist, conservationist, retired media animal activist, founding member Build on Hope in Mozambique