02 feb 02 | women.born.today

Delia Salter Bacon (02 feb 1811 – 02 sep 1859 | Tallmadge OH – Hartford CT) poet, playwright, literary scholar, short story writer, Shakespearean theorist / researcher

Sarah Ann Hackett Stevenson (02 feb 1841 – 14 aug 1909 | Buffalo Grove IL – Chicago IL) author, educator, physician, humanitarian, first female American Medical Association member, co-founded Illinois Training School for Nurses

Effie Brooks [Theodate] Pope Riddle (02 feb 1867 – 30 aug 1946 | Salem OH – Farmington CT) early female US architect, survivor of sinking of RMS Lusitania, founded / designed Avon Old Farms School

Anne Bauchens (02 feb 1882 – 07 may 1967 | St Louis MO – Woodland Hills CA) film editor, Academy Award for Film Editing, first woman to win an Oscar for film editing

Pura Belpré (02 feb 1899 – 01 jul 1982 | Cidra, Puerto Rico – New York NY) author, puppeteer, librarian, folklorist, children’s book writer, first Puerto Rican female librarian in New York City

Ayn Rand (02 feb 1905 – 06 mar 1982 | St Petersburg, Russia – New York NY) novelist, philosopher, playwright, screenwriter, née Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum

Florence Riefle Bahr (02 feb 1909 – 12 jan 1998 | Baltimore MD – Elkridge MD) portrait / landscape artist, social / civil rights activist

Ursula Nordstrom (02 feb 1910 – 11 oct 1988 | Manhattan NY – New Milford CT) juvenile book author, publisher, editor-in-chief

Mary Imogen Carpenter (02 feb 1912 – 24 mar 1993 | Hot Springs AR – Los Angeles CA) actress, musician, composer, music lecturer

Isabel Freire Meléndez de Matos (02 feb 1915 – 30 sep 2004 | Cidra, Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) author, educator, journalist, children’s book writer, Puerto Rican independence activist

Anne Fogarty (02 feb 1919 – 15 jan 1980 | Pittsburgh PA – New York NY) author, fashion designer

Yuriko Kikuchi (02 feb 1920 – San Jose CA) dancer, choreographer

Liz Smith (02 feb 1923 – Fort Worth TX) author, journalist, memoirist, gossip columnist, cookbook writer, aka The Grand Dame of Dish

Elaine Stritch (02 feb 1925 – 17 jul 2014 | Detroit MI – Birmingham MI) singer, actress, author

Cynthia Lee Macdonald (02 feb 1928 – 03 aug 2015 | New York NY – Logan UT) poet, educator, psychoanalyst

Judith Viorst (02 feb 1931 – Newark NY) poet, author, journalist, memoirist, psychoanalysis researcher

Martina Arroyo (02 feb 1937 – Harlem NY) operatic soprano, master voice teacher, founded the non-profit Martina Arroyo Foundation to assist / support emerging opera singers

Evelyn Sakakida Rawski (02 feb 1939 – Honolulu, Hawaii) Japanese-American author, scholar, essayist, Distinguished University Professor, Chinese / Inner Asian history expert

Gail Delta Collins Pappalardi (02 feb 1941 – 6 dec 2013 | Maryland US – Ajijic, Mexico) artist, songwriter

Nancie Ellen Carraway (02 feb 1942 – Alabama US) author, professor, political scientist, feminist scholar, former First Lady of Hawaii, Director of Women’s Human Rights Trafficking Project at University of Hawaii

Ursula Oppens (02 feb 1944 – New York NY) classical concert pianist, Distinguished Professor of Music

Josephine Humphreys (02 feb 1945 – Charleston SC) Southern historical novelist

Phyllis Eisenstein (02 feb 1946 – Chicago IL) nonfiction author, speculative fiction novelist / short fiction writer

Sandra [Sandy] Marth Hill (02 feb 1946 – Centralia WA) author, broadcast journalist, commercial real estate broker

Ellen Malcolm (02 feb 1947 – US) activist, political fundraiser, EMILY’s List founder / former president

Linda Beryl [Lin] Oliver (02 feb 1947 – Los Angeles CA) children’s author, film producer, Executive Director of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)

Ina Rosenberg Garten (02 feb 1948 – Brooklyn NY) cookbook author, self-taught foodist, tv personality

Katie Geneva Cannon (02 feb 1949 – Kannapolis NC) author, theologian, womanist / black liberation activist

Carol Ann Heyer (02 feb 1950 – US) screenwriter, card game creator, children’s author / illustrator

Pamela St. John (02 feb 1950 – Ohio US) classical music composer, founded concert series ComposerWorks

Betty Susan [Batya] Weinbaum (02 feb 1952 – Ann Arbor MI) poet, artist, feminist, essayist, professor, political activist, founding editor Femspec Journal

Ji-li Jiang (02 feb 1954 – Shanghai, China) Chinese-American writer, memoirist, science teacher

Judi Ann Mason (02 feb 1955 – 08 jul 2009 | Bossier City LA – Los Angeles CA) playwright, tv writer / producer

Selina Rosen (02 feb 1960 – Arkansas US) author, editor, science fiction writer / publisher, Yard Dog Press publishing house founder / director

Blair Tindall (02 feb 1960 – Chapel Hill NC) oboist, speaker, educator, performer, producer, journalist, authored Mozart in the Jungle