08 aug 27 | women.born.today

Sophia Smith (27 aug 1796 – 12 jun 1870 | Hatfield MA – Hatfield MA) diarist, deaf activist, philanthropist, Smith College founder / endower, public co-educational high school founder

Mary Elsa Musselman Whitmer (27 aug 1778 – jan 1856 | Strasberg PA – Richmond MO) Mormon convert / excommunicant, folklore figure / family matriarch, only female known to witness the Book of Mormon Golden Plates

Sallie Chapman Gordon Law (27 aug 1805 – 28 jun1894 | Wilkes NC – Memphis TN) first recorded Confederate Civil War nurse, Southern Mothers Association president, aka Mother of the Confederacy

Margaretha [Molly] Meyer-Schurz (27 aug 1833 – 15 mar 1875 | Hamburg, Germany – Brooklyn NY) German-American, educator, founded first US kindergarten (in Watertown, Wisconsin)

Mary Anderson (27 aug 1872 – 1964 | Lidköping, Sweden – Washington DC) labor activist, Social Justice Feminist, women’s work advocate, autobiographical author, US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau head

Blanche Adele Ostertag (27 aug 1872 – unknown | St. Louis MO – unknown) artist, illustrator, decorative painter

Katharine Dexter McCormick (27 aug 1875 – 28 dec 1967 | Dexter MI – Boston MA) biologist, suffragist, philanthropist, birth control advocate / financer

Alberta Ramage Neely (27 aug 1880 – 30 jun 1976 | Milford PA – Fairmont WV) First Lady of West Virginia, WWII USO activist

May Hill Arbuthnot (27 aug 1884 – 02 oct 1969 | Mason City IA – Cleveland OH) critic, editor, writer, educator, children’s literacy and literature advocate

Rose McClendon (27 aug 1884 – 12 jul 1936 | New York NY – New York NY) actress, stage director, literary / dramatic figure, co-founded Negro People’s Theater, aka the Negro First Lady of the Dramatic Stage

Hallie Flanagan (27 aug 1890 – 23 jul 1969 | Redfield SD – Old Tappan NJ) author, playwright, theatrical producer / director, WPA Federal Theater Project Director

Mary Jane Ward (27 aug 1905 – 17 feb 1981 | Fairmount IN – Tucson AZ) novelist, memoirist, psychiatric survivor, autobiographical author

Wilhelmina McAlpin Godfrey (27 aug 1914 – 13 may 1994 | Philadelphia PA – Buffalo NY) artist, art teacher, weaver, textile artist, community activist

Martha Raye (27 aug 1916 – 19 aug 1994 | Butte MT – Los Angeles CA) nurse, comic actress, aka Colonel Maggie, USO entertainer WWII / Korea / Viet Nam, honorary member Green Beret Special Forces, US Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, born Margaret Yvonne Teresa Reed

Ann Baumgartner Carl (27 aug 1918 – 20 mar 2008 | Augusta GA – Kilmarnock VA) author, aviator, test pilot, memoirist, flight instructor, first US woman to fly jet plane

Patience Sewell Latting (27 aug 1918 – 29 dec 2012 | Texhoma OK – Oklahoma City OK) politician, economist, statistician, researcher, first female mayor of Oklahoma City

Arlene Tichy Mosel (27 aug 1921 – 15 may 1996 | Cleveland OH – Indianapolis IN) children’s author

Liane Brauch [Lee] Russell (27 aug 1923 – Vienna, Austria) Austrian-American author, geneticist, land conservationist

Joan Beverly Mansfield Kroc (27 aug 1928 – 12 oct 2003 | West St Paul MN – Rancho Santa Fe CA) social activist, philanthropist, world peace promoter, peace studies program funder / founder

Nancy Friday (27 aug 1933 – Pittsburgh PA) non-fiction author, feminist erotic pioneer, women’s sexual liberation advocate

Ann Rinaldi (27 aug 1934 – New York NY) newspaper columnist , young adult fiction author

Alice Coltrane (27 aug 1937 – 12 jan 2007 | Detroit MI – Los Angeles CA) pianist, harpist, organist, composer, hymnist, spiritual author, multi-instrumental jazz musician

Tanya Atwater (27 aug 1942 – Los Angeles CA) author, retired geophysicist and marine geologist, specialist in evolution of San Andreas Fault tectonics

Margaret M. Poloma (27 aug 1943 – US) author, professor, sociologist, sociology of religion specialist

Tanya Atwater (27 aug 1944 – Los Angeles CA) author, geophysicist, marine biologist, multi-media presenter, tectonic plate researcher

Catherine Y. Leroy (27 aug 1944 – 08 jul 2006 | Paris, France – Santa Monica CA) author, war photographer, documentary filmmaker

Robin B. Wright (27 aug 1948 – US) author, journalist, foreign affairs analyst

Julia [Judy] Bonds (27 aug 1952 – 03 jan 2011 | Marfork Hollow WV – Charleston WV) organizer, environmental activist, community leader, aka ‘the godmother of the anti-mountaintop removal movement’

Janet Eager Krueger (27 aug 1952 – San Antonio TX) artist, educator, rancher, specialist in large-scale oil paintings of Texas ranching life

Gjertrud Schnackenberg (27 aug 1953 – Tacoma WA) poet, university lecturer

Chandra McCormick (27 aug 1957 – New Orleans LA) photographer, co-founded community arts center

Martha Elizabeth Pollack (27 aug 1958 – Stamford CT) linguist, computer scientist, university president, artificial intelligence researcher

Denice Dee Denton (27 aug 1959 – 24 jun 2006 | El Campo TX – San Francisco CA) academic administrator, professor of electrical engineering, first openly gay and youngest Chancellor of University of California

Lisa Yee (27 aug 1959 – Los Angeles CA) newspaper columnist, Chinese-American young adult novelist, co-owner / creative director Magic Pencil Studios

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