05 may 12 | women.born.today

Sarah Elizabeth Van der Vort Emery (12 may 1838 – 10 oct 1895 | Phelps NY – Lansing MI) editor, writer, speaker, suffragist, Universalist, Populist campaigner, Women’s Temperance Union leader

Matilda Coxe Evans Stevenson (12 may 1849 – 24 jun 1915 | San Augustine TX – Oxon Hill MD) author, ethnologist, Zuni expert / researcher, Women’s Anthropological Society of America president, aka Tilly E. Stevenson

Louise Phelps Kellogg (12 may 1862 – 11 jul 1942 | Milwaukee WI – Madison WI) writer, educator, historian

Ann Bassett (12 may 1878 – 08 may 1956 | Moffat County CO – Leeds UT) folk figure, rancher, cattle rustler, Sundance Kid cohort, Wild Bunch member,  alias Etta Place aka Queen Ann

Jane Franklin Hommel Denney (12 may 1878 – 1946 | Knoxville TN – Knoxville TN) clubwoman, Tennessee Federation of Women’s Club president

Hazel Lucile Harrison (12 may 1883 – 29 apr 1969 | La Porte IN – Washington DC) concert pianist, piano teacher / professor

Georgia Lee Lusk (12 may 1893 – 05 jan 1971 | Carlsbad NM – Albuquerque NM) educator, public servant, first woman NM State Representative

Lorine Faith Niedecker (12 may 1903 – 31 dec 1970 | Blackhawk Island WI – Blackhawk Island WI) poet, sole female poet associated with Objectivists

Isabella McLean Bett Walton Cannon (12 may 1904 – 13 feb 2002 | Dunfermline, Scotland – Raleigh NC) philanthropist, peace / civil rights activist, first US female city mayor [at age 73 in Raleigh NC], education / community service advocate / supporter, aka The Little Old Lady in Tennis Shoes

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (12 may 1907 – 29 jun 2003 | Hartford CT – Fenwick CT) iconic actress, autobiographical author

Margaret Harshaw (12 may 1909 – 07 nov 1997 | Philadelphia PA – Libertyville IL) operatic soprano and mezzo-soprano, voice professor

Eileen Darby Lester (12 may 1916 – 30 mar 2004 | Portland OR – Long Beach NY) celebrity photographer

Mary Kay Ash (12 may 1918 – 22 nov 2001 | Hot Wells TX – Dallas TX) author, businesswoman, autobiographer

Elaine Rita Brimberg Dundy (12 may 1921 – 01 may 2008 | New York NY – Los Angeles CA) novelist, actress, biographer, journalist, playwright

Marilyn Knowlden (12 may 1926 – Oakland CA) child actress, musician, songwriter, playwright, WWII radio announcer [Nanking China], autobiographical author

Barbara Dane (12 may 1927 – Detroit MI) political activist, blues / jazz / folk singer

Betsy Reilly Lewin (12 may 1937 – Clearfield PA) travel writer, children’s book author / illustrator

Rosellen Brown (12 may 1939 – Philadelphia PA) poet, novelist, short fiction writer, creative writing professor

Joan Nestle (12 may 1940 – Bronx NY) writer, editor, co-founder Lesbian Herstory Archives

Linda Rae Wildermuth Dano (12 may 1943 – Long Beach CA) author, actress, businesswoman

Bernadette Mayer (12 may 1945 – Brooklyn NY) poet, writer, editor, visual artist

Norma Cole (12 may 1945 – Toronto, Ontario) poet, curator, visual artist, translator

Dorothy Jean Wright Tillman (12 may 1947 – Montgomery AL) author, politician, radio host, civil rights leader, former alderman, slavery reparations activist / advocate

Susan Carole [Pepper] Jay (12 may 1949 – Hollywood CA) actress, attorney, educator, new-media publisher, entertainment journalist

Louise Portal (12 may 1950 – Chicoutimi, Quebec) writer, singer, actress, film director

Carolyn Haines (12 may 1953 – Lucedale MS) former journalist, romance / mystery novelist, aka Lizzie Hart, Caroline Burnes, R. B. Chesterton

Terrie Michelle Williams (12 may 1954 – Mount Vernon NY) author, therapist, philanthropist, inspirational speaker, public relations strategist

Madeline Sonik (12 may 1960 – Detroit MI) Canadian-English-Russian novelist, creative writing professor

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