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 female professional hybridist in Canada, aka Queen of Ornamental Horticulture

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

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

May Ebbitt Cutler (04 sep 1923 – 03 mar 2011 | Montreal, Quebec – Montreal, Quebec) writer, journalist, playwright, publisher, world traveler, pen name Ebbitt Cutler, founded Tundra Books, first Canadian female children’s book publisher

Nora Neng Yee Sung Lam (04 sep 1932 – 02 feb 2004 | Beijing, China – San Jose CA) author, memoirist, Chinese-American Christian minister, founded Nora Lam Ministries International [now World Children’s Fund)

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

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

Janet Biehl (04 sep 1953 – US) author, biographer, political writer, focus on social ecology and libertarian municipalism

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

Gail Smith (04 sep 1955 – Trenton, Ontario) former television journalist and news anchor, first female weekend news anchor at CFTO

Khandi Alexander (04 sep 1957 – New York NY) dancer, actress, choreographer

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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