10 oct 31 | women.born.today

Josephine Louise Le Monnier Newcomb (31 oct 1816 – 07 apr 1901 | Baltimore MD – New Orleans LA) philanthropist, founded H. Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (31 oct 1852 – 13 mar 1930 | Randolph MA – Metuchen NJ) children’s poet / short fiction writer, adult novelist / short fiction writer

Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon Lowe (31 oct 1860 – 17 jan 1927 | Savannah GA – Savannah GA) organizer / founder Girl Guides / Girls Scouts USA

Nellie Mabel Leonard (31 oct 1875 – 11 mar 1956 | Brookville MA – Holbrook MA) children’s book author

Natalie Clifford Barney (31 oct 1876 – 24 apr 1972 | Dayton OH – Paris, France) poet, memoirist, epigrammatist

Grace Noll Crowell (31 oct 1877 – 31 mar 1969 | Inland IA – Dallas TX) poet, devotional author, children’s book writer, Poet Laureate of Texas

[Aunt] Samantha Bumgarner (31 oct 1878 – 24 dec 1960 | Dillsboro NC – Love Field NC) banjo / fiddle player, first female country solo recording artist

Eleonora de Cisneros (31 oct 1878 – 03 feb 1934 | New York NY – New York NY) operatic mezzo-soprano, WWI Liberty Bonds and Red Cross fundraiser

Agnes Morgan (31 oct 1879 – 25 may 1976 | Le Roy NY – San Bernadino CA) actress, director, playwright, theatrical producer

Julia Peterkin (31 oct 1880 – 10 aug 1961 | Laurens SC – near Fort Motte SC) poet, novelist, Pulitzer Prize laureate

Anita Lily Pollitzer (31 oct 1894 – 03 jul 1975 | Charleston SC – New York NY) suffragist, photographer, National Chair of National Women’s Party

Velma Wallace Rayness (31 oct 1896 – 01 apr 1977 | Davenport IA – Ames City IA) artist, author, teacher, diarist

Lutah Maria Riggs (31 oct 1896 – 08 mar 1984 | Toledo OH – Montecito CA) architect, first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara CA, first CA female named Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

Dorothy Way Eggan (31 oct 1901 – 18 jul 1965 | Dover Hill IN – Chicago IL) author, anthropologist, Hopi dreams / psychoanalysis researcher

Louise Talma (31 oct 1906 – 13 aug 1996 | Arachon, France – Saratoga Springs NY) composer, music professor, philanthropist

Barbara Bel Geddes (31 oct 1922 – 08 aug 2005 | New York NY – Northeast Harbor ME) artist, actress, children’s author

Lee Grant (31 oct 1926 – New York NY) actress, director, memoirist, born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal

Shirley Dinsdale Layburn (31 oct 1926 – 09 may 1999 | San Francisco CA – Stony Brook NY) ventriloquist, tv / radio personality, cardiopulmonary therapist

April Gaskins Ferry (31 oct 1932 – North Carolina US) costume designer

Katherine Womeldorf Paterson (31 oct 1932 – Jiangsu, China) Chinese-born American children’s novelist

Donya Feuer (31 oct 1934 – 06 nov 2011 | Philadelphia PA – Stockholm, Sweden) dancer, filmmaker, choreographer, theatre director, pioneer modern dancer

Colleen J. McElroy (31 oct 1935 – St Louis MO) poet, editor, memoirist, short fiction author

Susan Arnout Smith (31 oct 1948 – Anchorage AK) novelist, essayist, playwright, tv scriptwriter

Margaret Jane Pauley (31 oct 1950 – Indianapolis IN) author, tv anchor, memoirist, broadcast journalist

Susan Audé (31 oct 1952 – Fort Lee VA) Bahá’í, retired tv news anchor, conservative blogger, disability rights activist, aka Susan Bloxham, Susan Fisher

Megan Ruth Marshack (31 oct 1953 – California US) news writer / producer, Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller’s aide / intimate

Susan Orlean (31 oct 1955 – Cleveland OH) journalist, staff writer, non-fiction author

Annie Finch (31 oct 1956 – New Rochelle NY) poet, writer, librettist, translator

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