07 jul 04 | women-born-today

Helen Stuart Campbell (04 Jul 1839 – 22 Jul 1918 | Lockport NY – Dedham MA) author, journalist, educator, literary editor, women’s labor activist, children’s short fiction writer

Mary Edmonia Lewis (04 Jul 1844 – 17 Sep 1907 | Greenbush NY – London, England) sculptor, African-American Haitian-Mississaugas Ojibwe, first African-American / Native American female to achieve international fame and recognition as fine arts sculptor

Annie Haven Thwing (04 Jul 1851 – 05 Jun 1940 | Roxbury MA – Roxbury MA) Boston historian, nonfiction author, children’s book writer

Ellen Wrenshall [Nellie] Grant Jones (04 Jul 1855 – 30 Aug 1922 | St Louis MO – Chicago IL) US Presidential daughter, social / literary figure

Jessie A. Ackerman (04 Jul 1857 – 31 Mar 1951 | Frankfort IL – Pomona CA) writer, feminist, traveller, journalist, social reformer, Women’s Christian Temperance Union leader

Mary Florence Denton (04 Jul 1857 – 24 Dec 1947 | Nevada City CA – Kyoto, Japan) educator, missionary

Emma Juch Wellman (04 Jul 1861 – 06 Mar 1939 | Vienna, Austria – New York NY) operatic soprano

Anita McCormick Blaine (04 Jul 1866 – 12 Feb 1954 | Manchester VT – Chicago IL) heiress, philanthropist, early leftist newspaper founder, progressive education activist / supporter

Henrietta Swan Leavitt (04 Jul 1868 – 12 Dec 1921 | Lancaster MA – Cambridge MA) astronomer, discovered relation between luminosity and period of Cepheid variable stars

Mary Stillman Harkness (04 Jul 1874 – 06 Jun 1950 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) arts / educational philanthropist

Sophie Irene Simon Loeb (04 Jul 1876 – 18 Jan 1929 | Rivne, Russia – New York NY) journalist, social welfare advocate

Marie Munk (04 Jul 1885 – 17 Jan 1978 | Berlin, Germany – Cambridge MA) German-born American author, feminist, attorney, family law reformer

Lucy Diggs Slowe (04 Jul 1885 – 21 Oct 1937 | Berryville VA – Washington DC) educator, college dean, tennis champion, founding member Alpha Kappa Alpha (first sorority for African-American women)

Pilar Barbarosa de Rosario (04 Jul 1898 – 22 Jan 1997 | Bayamon, Puerto Rico – San Juan, Puerto Rico) author, educator, historian, political activist

Agnes Newton Keith (04 Jul 1901 – 30 Mar 1982 | Oak Park IL – Oak Bay, British Columbia) memoirist, POW survivor, autobiographical author

Percy Maxim Lee (04 Jul 1906 – 09 Nov 2002 | Hartford CT – New London CT) political activist, 4-time president of League of Women Voters, founder-trustee League of Women Voters Education Fund

Gloria Frances Stewart (04 Jul 1910 – 26 Sep 2010 | Santa Monica CA – Los Angeles CA) painter, actress, activist, bonsai artist, fine art printer / printmaker

Elizabeth Jean Wanamaker Peratrovich (04 Jul 1911 – 01 Dec 1958 | Petersburg AK – Seattle WA) Tlingit, aka Kaaxgal.aat, civil rights activist, AK Anti-Discrimination Act advocate (1945: first such legislation in US)

Virginia Komiss Graham (04 Jul 1915 – 22 Dec 1998 | Chicago IL – New York NY) author, memoirist, tv talk show host

Esther Pauline [Eppie] Lederer (04 Jul 1918 – 22 Jun 2002 | Sioux City IA – Chicago IL) author, advice columnist, radio show host, aka Ann Landers

Pauline Esther [Popo] Phillips (04 Jul 1918 – 16 Jan 2013 | Sioux City IA – Minneapolis MN) author, advice columnist, radio show host, aka Abigail Van Buren

Nancy Mars Freedman (04 Jul 1920 – 10 Aug 2010 | Evanston IL – Greenbrae CA) actress, feminist, novelist, playwright

Eva Marie Saint (04 Jul 1924 – Newark NJ) actress, film producer

Catherine Anahid Berberian (04 Jul 1925 – 06 Mar 1983 | Attleboro MA – Rome, Italy) composer, translator, operatic mezzo-soprano, avant garde music interpreter

Tamar Frankel (04 Jul 1925 – Tel Aviv, Israel) author, law professor, one of original organizers of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers)

Mary Stuart (04 Jul 1926 – 28 feb 2002 | Miami FL – New York NY) poet, singer, actress, lyricist, autobiographical author

Kay Nolte Smith (04 Jul 1932 – 25 Sep 1993 | Eveleth MN – Tinton Falls NJ) novelist, essayist, translator

Jamie Chisam Gilson (04 Jul 1933 – Beardstown IL) children’s book author, tv / radio scriptwriter

Jeanette Brooks Priebe (04 Jul 1937 – Bolivar TN) civil rights / affirmative action activist, first female Director of Louisville KY Civil Service Board

Karolyn Grimes (04 Jul 1940 – Hollywood CA) speaker, child actress, memoirist, cookbook author

Betsey Ross Wright (04 Jul 1943 – Alpine TX) activist, lobbyist, political consultant

Jaimy Gordon (04 Jul 1944 – Baltimore MD) creative writer, creative writing professor

Bonnie Lyons (04 Jul 1944 – Brooklyn NY) poet, author, essayist, academic, biographer

Sally Clausen (04 Jul 1945 – Baton Rouge LA) educational administrator, first female president Southeastern Louisiana U, former Louisiana State Commissioner of Public Higher Education

Gail Pool (04 Jul 1946 – New York NY) editor, author, essayist, travel / books / magazine culture critic

Jessica Tuchman Mathews (04 Jul 1946 – New York NY) editor, author, president Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Paula Schwartz Apsell (04 Jul 1947 – Lynn MA) WGBH Science director, NOVA executive producer

Louisa Calio (04 Jul 1947 – Brooklyn NY) poet, writer, teacher, multimedia performance artist

Charlotte Elkins (04 Jul 1948 – Houston TX) aka Emily Spencer, mystery novelist co-author

Katherine Mary Govier (04 Jul 1948 – Edmonton, Alberta) novelist, essayist, Writers’ Trust of Canada chair, President of PEN Canada, founded The Shoe Project (writing workshops for immigrant women)

Joan Elise Lunden (04 Jul 1950 – Fair Oaks CA) author, journalist, tv host, née Blunden

Carol A. Newsom (04 Jul 1950 – United States) author, lecturer, literary critic, Biblical scholar, ancient Judaism historian

Diane Pamela Wood (04 Jul 1950 – Plainfield NJ) judge, author, senior lecturer, aka Rock Star of the Written Word

Sharon Gannon (04 Jul 1951 – Washington DC) dancer, author, painter, choreographer, philosopher, yoga teacher, singer-songwriter, animal rights advocate, Jivamukti Yoga Method co-founder

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (04 Jul 1951 – Greenwich CT) author, attorney, politician, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, political family member

Karen Adams (04 Jul 1955 – Narrangansett RI) television reporter, newscaster, charity fundraiser, community activist

Cristina García (04 Jul 1958 – Havana, Cuba) Cuban-American novelist, journalist, creative writing professor

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