01 jan 10 | women.born.today

Sally Foster Otis (10 jan 1770 – 06 sep 1838 | Boston MA – Boston MA) hostess, folk figure, Francophile, aka Queen of Boston Society

Louisa Lane Drew (10 jan 1820 – 31 aug 1897 | London UK – Larchmont NY) British-American stage actress, theater owner, theatrical family matriarch

Larcena Pennington Page (10 jan 1837 – 31 mar 1913 | Nashville TN – Tucson AZ) pioneer, Western folk heroine, Indian kidnap survivor

Manie Payne Ferguson (10 jan 1850 – 08 jun 1932 | Carlow, Ireland – Los Angeles CA) hymnist, evangelist, social activist, mission co-founder, American Holiness Movement pioneer leader

Mary Amelia Ingalls (10 jan 1865 – 17 oct 1928 | Pepin WI – De Smet SD) blind folk / literary family figure

Maud Younger (10 jan 1870 – 25 jun 1936 | San Francisco CA – Los Gatos CA) suffragist, labor reformer / organizer

Olive Higgins Prouty (10 jan 1882 – 24 mar 1974 | Worcester MA – Brookline MA) poet, novelist, memoirist, philanthropist, founded Smith College writers’ scholarship

Beatrice [Beatrix] Sherman (10 jan 1894 – 01 jan 1975 | Scranton PA – West Palm Beach FL) silhouettist, US Presidential silhouette artist

Frances Lockridge (10 jan 1896 – 19 feb 1963 | Saint Joseph MO – Tryon NC) serial mystery fiction co-author

Worth Tuttle Hedden (10 jan 1896 – 14 sep 1985 | Raleigh NC – Augusta ME) author, novelist

Katharine Burr Blodgett (10 jan 1898 – 12 oct 1979 | Schenectady NY – Schenectady NY) inventor, physicist, scientific researcher, first female PhD in Physics at University of Cambridge, invented low-reflectance invisible glass

Jessie Josephine Coe Lichauco (10 jan 1912 – Isla de los Pinos, Cuba) Cuban-born Filipino-American, philanthropist, Settlement House activist, WWII refugee advocate, field hospital operator, co-founded Red Feather Agency (later known as Community Chest)

Helen Grace (10 jan 1914 – 21 dec 2002 | Chehalis WA – Newport Beach CA) businesswoman, co-founded / headed Helen Grace Candy Chocolates

Beatrice Cynthia Freeman (10 jan 1915 – 22 oct 1988 | New York NY – San Francisco CA) novelist, interior decorator

Rosita Fernández (10 jan 1918 – 02 may 2006 | Monterrey, Mexico – San Antonio TX) Mexican-American actress, humanitarian, Tejano music singer, aka San Antonio’s First Lady of Song

Marilyn Rose Cotlow (10 jan 1924 – Minneapolis MN) operatic lyric coloratura soprano, master voice teacher

Marlene Sanders (10 jan 1931 – 14 jul 2015 | Cleveland OH – Brooklyn NY) author, television news anchor, producer, executive, correspondent, documentary filmmaker, first female / pioneer in field of television news

Elizabeth Anne Hull (10 jan 1937 – Upper Darby PA) academic, political activist, Professor Emerita, science fiction expert, Science Fiction Research Association president / newsletter editor

Afeni Shakur (10 jan 1947 – 02 may 2016 | Lumberton NC – Sausalito CA) activist, lecturer, businesswoman, former Black Panther, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur

Dorianne Laux (10 jan 1952 – Augusta ME) poet, creative writing professor

Adriana Vanelli (10 jan 1955 – 08 aug 2015 | Hazel Park MI – Springfield MO) operatic soprano, born Janet Lee Cessna, later Christian music performer

Eva Qamaniq Aariak (10 jan 1955 – Arctic Bay, Northwest Territories [now Nunavut]) teacher, reporter, women’s activist, Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, fifth female to serve as a premier in Canada

Nina Simons (10 jan 1957 – Manhattan NY) Bioneers co-CEO / co-founder, environmental / entrepreunerial activist, Cultivating Women’s Leadership intensive co-creator, gender balance / women’s leadership consultant