05 may 17 | women.born.today

Mary Devens (17 may 1857 – 13 mar 1920 | Ware MA – Cambridge MA) pictorial photographer, Photo-Secession member

Helen May Butler Young (17 may 1867 – 16 jun 1957 | Keene NH – Covington KY) bandmaster, aka The Female Sousa, first all-women brass band leader

Dorothy Gibson (17 may 1889 – 17 feb 1946 | Hoboken NJ –  Paris, France) actress, scriptwriter, Titanic survivor, alleged WWII intelligence operative

Louise Crenshaw Ray (17 may 1890 – 23 oct 1956 | Butler AL – Birmingham AL) poet

Lena Levine (17 may 1903 – 09 jan 1965 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) author, lecturer, psychiatrist, co-founded International Planned Parenthood Federation

Chang Ch’ung-ho Frankel (17 may 1914 – 17 jun 2015 | Shanghai, Republic of China – New Haven CT) Chinese-American poet, educator, calligrapher, Kunqu opera singer

Olga Marie Madar (17 may 1915 – 16 may 1996 | Sykesville PA – Detroit MI) union leader, women’s workers’ rights activist, first female on United Automobile Workers’ board, founding national president of Coalition of Labor Union Women

Verna M. Linzey (17 may 1919 – Coffeyville KS) author, chief editor, Biblical scholar, evangelical theologian

Eloise Greenfield (17 may 1929 – Parmele NC) poet, biographer, children’s book author

Jill Johnston (17 may 1929 – 18 sep 2010 | London UK – Hartford CT) author, activist, cultural critic for The Village Voice newspaper, lesbian separatist movement leader

Hazel R. O’Leary (17 may 1937 – Newport News VA) attorney, politician, first and only woman and African-American appointed US Secretary of Energy

Hope Rockefeller Aldrich (17 may 1938 –  New York) heiress, journalist, newspaper owner / publisher

Mary M. Frasier (17 may 1938 – 03 feb 2005 | South Carolina – Athens GA) author, gifted education leader / advocate

Lyn Hejinian (17 may 1941 – San Francisco CA) poet, essayist, publisher, translator

Joan Louise Barfoot (17 may 1946 – Owen Sound, Ontario – ) Canadian novelist

Kristen Monroe (17 may 1946 – Princeton IL – ) author, political scientist / behaviorist

Esmeralda Santiago (17 may 1948 – San Juan, Puerto Rico) author, novelist, activist, memoirist

Patricia Monique Soltysik (17 may 1950 – 17 may 1974 | Goleta CA – Los Angeles CA) political activist, aka Zoya and Mizmoon, radical feminist, self-avowed revolutionary, Symbionese Liberation Army co-founder

Patricia Nelson Limerick (17 may 1951 – Banning CA) author, editor, American historian

Ilene Strizver (17 may 1953 – Westport CT) typographic author, designer, educator

Kathleen Sullivan (17 may 1953 – Pasadena CA) news anchor / broadcast journalist

Tara Brach (17 may 1953 – Bethesda MD) author, Buddhist, psychologist

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