09 sep 04 | Women.Born.Today

Sarah Childress Polk (04 sep 1803 – 14 aug 1891 | Murfreesboro TN – Nashville TN) US First Lady, active Presbyterian, Presidential consultant, hosted first annual White House Thanksgiving dinner

Phoebe Cary (04 sep 1824 – 31 jul 1871 | Mount Healthy OH – Newport RI) poet, lyricist

Isabella Preston (04 sep 1881 – 31 jan 1965 | Lancaster UK – Georgetown, Ontario) British-Canadian author, civil servant, plant hybridist, horticulturist, first professional female hybridist in Canada, aka Queen of Ornamental Horticulture, created 200 hardy hybrids of lily, lilac, crab apple, iris and roses

Katherine Garrison Chapin Biddle (04 sep 1890 – 30 dec 1977 | Waterford CT – Devon PA) poet, essayist, lecturer, civil rights activist

Oriana Atkinson (04 sep 1894 – 31 jul 1989 | New York NY – Huntsville AL) poet, author, drama critic

Elaine Black Yoneda (04 sep 1906 – 26 may 1988 | New York NY – San Francisco CA) communist, war camp internee, labor activist / organizer, equal pay / free daycare advocate

Florence Sundquist (04 sep 1919 – 23 aug 2015 | Mobile AL – Norwood MA)
WWII Marine, substitute teacher, civic / veterans’ activist [obituary]

Gloria Shayne Baker (04 sep 1923 – 06 mar 2008 | Brookline MA – Stamford CT) composer, songwriter

Jennifer Salt (04 sep 1944 – Los Angeles CA) actress, producer, screenwriter

Judith Ivey (04 sep 1951 – El Paso TX) actress, theater director

Donna Levin (04 sep 1954 – Oakland CA) novelist, author, editor, writing teacher

Rebecca Vigil-Giron (04 sep 1954 – Taos NM) author, politician, longest-serving New Mexico Secretary of State

Patricia Tallman (04 sep 1957 – Pontiac IL) actress, stunt performer, studio executive, autobiographical author

Jacqueline Hewitt (04 sep 1958 – Washington DC) author, astrophysicist, discovered Einstein rings

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