05 may 08 | women.born.today

Phillis Wheatley (08 may 1753 – 05 dec 1784 | Gambia or Senegal, Africa – Boston MA) poet, letter correspondent, first female African-American published author

Ella Elvira Gibson (08 may 1821 – 08 mar 1901 | Winchendon MA – Barre MA) poet, editor, educator, essayist, Freethinker, pamphleteer, ordained minister, first female US Army chaplain

Augusta Jane Evans Wilson  (08 may 1835 – 09 may 1909 | Columbus GA – Mobile AL) author, novelist, Southern literature pioneer

Lucretia Longshore Blankenberg (08 may 1845 – 29 mar 1937 | New Lisbon OH – Philadelphia PA) club woman, civic leader, social activist, political family member

Mary Alice Bird Babb (08 may 1850 – 21 nov 1926 | Mount Pleasant IA – Aurora IL) women’s education activist, founding member Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)

Agnes Mathilde Wergeland (08 may 1857 – 06 march 1914 | Oslo, Norway – Laramie WY) Norwegian-American poet, educator, historian, first female PhD in Norway

Georgia Lydia Stevens (08 may 1870 – 28 mar 1946 | Boston MA – Albany NY) author, musician, religious sister, sacred music composer

Mary Edna Tobias Marcy (08 may 1877 – 08 dec 1922 | Belleville IL – Bowmanville IL) poet, author, Socialist, pamphleteer, magazine editor

Sybil Brand (08 may 1899 – 17 feb 2004 | Chicago IL – Beverly Hills CA) civic leader, social activist, philanthropist, women’s prison reformer

Dorothy Mackaye (08 may 1899 – 05 jan 1940 | Denver CO – Los Angeles CA) actress, playwright, auto accident victim

Sylvia Sleigh (08 may 1906 – 24 oct 2010 | Llandudno, Wales – New York NY) Welsh-born American realist painter, visual artist

Mary Lou Williams (08 may 1910 – 28 may 1981 | Atlanta GA – Durham NC) jazz pianist / composer / arranger

Carmen Sylvia Mathews (08 may 1911 – 31 aug 1995 | Philadelphia PA – Redding CT) actress, philanthropist, environmentalist, land preservationist

Charlotte Hughes Johnston Bruner (08 may 1917 – 04 dec 1999 | Urbana IL – Ames IA) author, professor, translator, African women’s literature specialist

Mary Quintard Govan Steele (08 may 1922 – 06 jul 1992 | Chattanooga TN – Chapel Hill NC) author, naturalist, pen-names: J. N. Darby, Wilson Gage

Louise Meriwether (08 may 1923 – Haverstraw NY) novelist, journalist, civil rights / peace activist, children’s author, African-American biographer

Nora Marks Dauenhauer (08 may 1927 – Hoonah AK) poet, author, scholar, translator, researcher, short story writer, elementary school volunteer, former Poet Laureate of Alaska, Tlingit language and traditions specialist expert

Helen Fogwill Porter (08 may 1930 – St. John’s, Newfoundland) poet, author, novelist, playwright, short fiction writer, women’s rights activist, creative writing teacher, arts / poetry activities volunteer, founding member of Canada’s Newfoundland Status of Women Council

Sandy Haas (08 may 1946 – Orange CA) attorney, innkeeper, Vermont State legislator, Progressive political leader

Wendy Rose (08 may 1948 – Oakland CA) poet, artist, author, educator, anthropologist, social scientist, Hopi / Miwok Native American, aka Chiron Khanshendel, born Bronwen Elizabeth Edwards

Francesca Rochberg Halton (08 may 1952 – Philadelphia PA) author, novelist, Assyriologist, Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Elizabeth Becker [Beth] Henley (08 may 1952 – Jackson MS) actress, playwright, screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize for Drama laureate

Pamela [Pam] Arciero (08 may 1954 – Honolulu HI) puppeteer, voice-over artist

Kimberly Marshall (08 may 1959 – Winston-Salem NC) author, organist, essayist, translator, organ scholar, professor of music

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