06 jun 27 | women.born.today

Maria Monk (27 Jun 1816 – 08 Sep 1849 | Canada – Roosevelt Island NY) author, memoirist, religious sister, Canadian folk figure, alleged infanticide / systemic sexual abuse in Catholic convent

Eugenia Scholay Washington (27 Jun 1838 – 30 Nov 1900 | Charles Town WV – Washington DC) historian, civil servant, co-founded Daughters of American Revolution / Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America

Harriet Hubbard Ayer (27 Jun 1849 – 23 Nov 1903 | Chicago IL – New York NY) socialite, journalist, essayist, kidnap victim, proto-feminist, founded first US female-owned cosmetics company, editor of New York World newspaper women’s pages

Leonora Evelina Simonds Piper (27 Jun 1857 – 03 Jul 1950 | Nashua NH – Brookline MA) author, speaker, spiritual medium

Mildred Jane Hill (27 Jun 1859 – 05 Jun 1916 | Louisville KY – Chicago IL) author, teacher, songwriter, musicologist, aka Johann Tonsor, created Happy Birthday to You melody

Varina Anne [Winnie] Davis (27 Jun 1864 – 09 Sep 1898 | Richmond VA – Narragansett Pier RI) diarist, novelist, daughter of Confederate President

Julie Mathilde Lippman (27 Jun 1865 – 10 Apr 1952 | Brooklyn NY – Cincinnati OH) author, playwright, literary / political activist

Mary Williams (27 Jun 1869 – 11 Feb 1961 | Oakland CA – Monterey CA) artist, painter, newspaper caricaturist, aka Kate Carew, The Only Woman Caricaturist

Emma Goldman (27 Jun 1869 – 14 May 1940 | Kovno, Russian Empire – Toronto, Ontario) author, editor, activist, speaker, anarchist

Helen Adams Keller (27 Jun 1880 – 01 Jun 1968 | Tuscumbia AL – Westport CT) author, lecturer, peace / political activist

Mary Antoinette Frueauff Perry (27 Jun 1888 – 28 Jun 1946 | Denver CO – New York NY) theater actress / director, Tony Awards namesake, co-founded American Theatre Wing

Crystal Bird Fauset (27 Jun 1894 – 27 Mar 1965 | Princess Ann MD – Philadelphia PA) politician, first black woman elected to US state legislature, Swarthmore Institute of Race Relations executive secretary, US Presidential Black Cabinet member

Helen Sewell (27 Jun 1896 – 24 Feb 1957 | Mare Island CA – New York NY) children’s book author / illustrator

Joan Mowat Erikson (27 Jun 1903 – 03 Aug 1997 | Brockville, Ontario – Brewster MA) author, educator, psychologist, craftsperson, dance ethnographer, born Sarah Lucretia Serson, collaborative innovator in human psychosocial development with husband Erik Erikson

Ruby Middleton Forsythe (27 Jun 1905 – 29 May 1992 | Charleston SC – Mt Pleasant SC) educator, aka Miss Ruby

India Boyer (27 Jun 1907 – 09 Feb 1998 | Sidney OH – Cincinnati OH) architect

Rose Katz Cabat (27 Jun 1914 – 25 Jan 2015 | Bronx NY – Tucson AZ) studio ceramicist, at death oldest [100] known practicing US potter

Grace Chin Lee Boggs (27 Jun 1915 – 05 Oct 2015 | Providence RI – Detroit MI) author, feminist, philosopher, social activist

Sylvia Zipser Schur (27 Jun 1917 – 08 Sep 2009 | Brooklyn NY – Chicago IL) Polish-American cookbook author, food writer / columnist / innovator, Creative Food Services founder [obituary]

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall (27 Jun 1929 – New Orleans LA) author, historian, public intellectual, civil rights activist, genealogy researcher / database innovator

Loree Rackstraw (27 Jun 1931 –  Omaha NB) memoirist, literary critic, née Lora Lee Pugh

Anna Moffo (27 Jun 1932 – 09 Mar 2006 | Wayne PA – New York NY) actress, tv personality, operatic lyric-coloratura soprano

Lucille Clifton (27 Jun 1936 – 13 Feb 2010 | Depew NY – Baltimore MD) poet, writer, educator

Vera Chino Ely (27 Jun 1943 – Acoma Pueblo NM) Native American Pueblo potter

Norma Kamali (27 Jun 1945 – New York NY) fashion designer

Janice Giteck (27 Jun 1946 – Hicksville NY) composer, educator

Sally Jane Priesand (27 Jun 1946 – Cleveland OH) author, women’s activist, first US female ordained rabbi, second female formally ordained rabbi worldwide

Daria Semegen (27 Jun 1946 – Bamberg, West Germany) Ukrainian-American composer, academic

Julie Clark (27 Jun 1948 – Hayward CA) author, aerobatic air show pilot, former commercial airline pilot, one of first female major US airline pilots

Esther Blackburn Rochon (27 Jun 1948 – Quebec City, Quebec) science fiction writer

Ann Louise Gittleman (27 Jun 1949 – Hartford CT) author, columnist, nutritionist, public speaker

Vera Ellen Wang (27 Jun 1949 – New York NY) author, fashion designer, former figure skater

Jane Hammond (27 Jun 1950 – Bridgeport CT) painter, printmaker, language artist

Anita Diamant (27 Jun 1951 – New York NY) former freelance journalist, fiction / non-fiction author

Alice McDermott (27 Jun 1953 – Brooklyn NY) novelist, essayist, university professor

Maria Zuber (27 Jun 1958 – Norristown PA) author, scientist, professor, first female head of MIT science department

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