05 may 04 | women.born.today

Mary Elizabeth Surratt (04 may 1823 – 07 jul 1865 | Waterloo MD – Washington DC) boarding house owner / operator, historical / political folk figure, tried as Lincoln assassination co-conspirator, first American female sentenced by US government to execution by hanging

Julia Britton Hooks (04 may 1852 – 10 mar 1942 | Frankfort KY – Memphis TN) pianist, social worker, civil rights leader, juvenile court officer, second female African-American college graduate, founded Julia Hooks Cottage School and Julia Hooks School of Music

Nellie Pratt Russell (04 may 1890 – 13 dec 1979 | Macon GA – Lawrenceville VA) college English professor, original incorporator of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, first US sorority founded by / for African-American college women

Mary Ellis Opdycke Peltz (04 may 1896 – 24 oct 1981 | New York NY – New York NY) poet, editor, author, music / drama critic

Joy Bright Hancock (04 may 1898 – 20 aug 1986 | Wildwood NJ – Bethesda MD) pilot, WAVES activist, early female Naval officer, autobiographical author

Mary Agnes Hallaren (04 may 1907 – 13 feb 2005 | Lowell MA – McLean VA) women’s activist, first official female Army officer, Women’s Army Corps (WACs) director, US Department of Labor Women in Community Service director

Bernice Goetz (04 may 1909 – 30 dec 1958 | Cleveland OH – Brooklyn NY) poet, author, teacher, lecturer, explorer

Jane Butzner Jacobs (04 may 1916 – 25 apr 2006 | Scranton PA – Toronto, Ontario) author, activist, journalist

Heloise Bowles Cruse (04 may 1919 – 28 dec 1977 | Fort Worth TX – San Antonio TX) Hints from Heloise author / originator / columnist

Eugenie Clark (04 may 1922 –  25 feb 2015 | New York NY – Sarasota FL) author, ichthyologist, aka The Shark Lady

Kay Rose (04 may 1922 – 11 dec 2002 | New York NY – Burbank CA) sound editor, first female sound editor Oscar winner

Audrey Hepburn (04 may 1929 – 20 jan 1993 | Brussels, Belgium – Vaud, Switzerland) actress, ballerina, humanitarian, film / fashion icon, social / children’s activist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Doris Leader Charge (04 may 1930 – 20 feb 2001 | Rosebud SD – Mission SD) Lakota linguist, educator, actress

Roberta [Peterman] Peters (04 may 1930 – 18 jan 2017 | Bronx NY – Rye NY) operatic coloratura soprano, recitalist

Eleanor Coppola (04 may 1936 – Los Angeles CA) artist, writer, documentary filmmaker

Helene Antionia Winter von Damm (04 may 1938 – Ulmerfeld, Austria) US diplomat, memoirist, political figure, former US ambassador

Ellen S. Hurwitz (04 may 1942 – US) author, historian, college president

Melissa Meyer (04 may 1946 – The Bronx NY) painter, watercolorist, printmaker

Theda Skocpol (04 may 1947 – Detroit MI) author, sociologist, political scientist

Jane Anne Gallop (04 may 1952 – Duluth MN) author, editor, essayist, professor, memoirist, biographer

Kim Edwards (04 may 1958 – Killeen TX) novelist, educator

Dolores [Dori]  Judith Maynard (04 may 1958 – 24 feb 2015 | Manhattan NY – Oakland CA) author, journalist, activist / educator, president of Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Mari-Alice Randall (04 may 1959 – Detroit MI) author, educator, songwriter, screenwriter

Jill Bolte Taylor (04 may 1959 – Louisville KY) author, neuroanatomist, inspirational public speaker

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