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Elizabeth Buffum Chace (09 dec 1806 – 12 dec 1889 | Providence RI – Providence RI) Quaker, abolitionist, social reformer, women’s rights activist, president Rhode Island Suffrage, Pembroke College co-founder

Mary Fletcher Scranton (09 dec 1832 – 08 oct 1909 | Belchertown MA – Seoul, Korea) Methodist Episcopal missionary, first Woman’s Foreign Missionary in Korea, founded several girls’ / women’s schools in Korea

Emma Abbott (09 dec 1850 – 05 jan 1891 | Chicago IL – Salt Lake City UT) operatic soprano, impresario / opera company founder

Ida Sophia Scudder (09 dec 1870 – 23 may 1960 | Ranipet, India – Kodaikanal, India) doctor, medical missionary, women’s health activist, fought plague, leprosy, cholera, founded Christian Medical College & Hospital in India

Lorraine Collett Petersen (09 dec 1892 – 30 mar 1983 | Kansas City MO – Fresno CA) nurse, restaurateur, nursing home owner, original Sun-Maid Raisin Girl

Margarete Moller Kollisch (09 dec 1893 – 11 oct 1979 | Vienna, Austria – Staten Island NY) Austrian-American poet, author, translator, massage therapist

Léonie Fuller Adams (09 dec 1899 – 27 jun 1988 | Brooklyn NY – New Milford CT) mystical poet

Carlotta Corpron (09 dec 1901 – 17 apr 1988 | Blue Earth MN – Denton TX) abstract / Bauhaus fine art photographer

Margaret Hamilton (09 dec 1902 – 16 may 1985 | Cleveland OH – Salisbury CT) character actress, cookbook author, tv food show host, disabled veterans activist

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (09 dec 1906 – 01 jan 1992 | New York NY – Arlington VA) aka Amazing Grace, computer scientist, mathematician, Navy rear-admiral, information age pioneer / innovator

Esther Eggertsen Peterson (09 dec 1906 – 20 dec 1997 | Provo UT – Washington DC) memoirist, professor, organizer, women’s / consumer rights activist, US Assistant Secretary of Labor, Director of US Women’s Bureau

Retha Walden Gambaro (09 dec 1917 – 09 sep 2013 | Indian Territory OK – Stafford VA) Native American artist, sculptor, inventor

Jeanne Quint Benoliel (09 dec 1919 – 23 jan 2012 | National City CA – Seattle WA) nurse, author, nursing educator, founded PhD program at University of Washington School of Nursing, researched role of end-of-life nursing care

Elsie Hilliard Hillman (09 dec 1925 – 04 aug 2015 | Fox Chapel PA – Pittsburgh PA) activist, philanthropist, civic / political leader

Joan Blos (09 dec 1928 – New York NY) writer, teacher, historical novelist, children’s literacy advocate

Ellen Moers Mayer (09 dec 1928 – 25 aug 1979 | New York NY – New York NY) author, feminist, literary academic scholar, pioneered gynocriticism

Sarah E. Wright (09 dec 1928 – 13 sep 2009 | Wetipquin MD – New York NY) poet, novelist, biographer, nonfiction author

Joan M. Jensen (09 dec 1934 – St Paul MN) author, historian, women’s history researcher

Mary Downing Hahn (09 dec 1937 – College Park MD) young adult novelist

Bertrice Small (09 dec 1937 – 24 feb 2015 | New York NY – Southold NY) erotic / historical romance novelist

Nancy Reddin Kienholz (09 dec 1946 – Los Angeles CA) mixed media artist including assemblage, photography, installation, lenticular printing

Susanna Moore (09 dec 1945 – Bryn Mawr PA) author, actress, memoirist, production designer, costume designer

Eileen Myles (09 dec 1949 – Cambridge MA) poet, author, novelist, librettist, playwright, performance artist

Kay Schallenkamp (09 dec 1949 – Salem SD) professor, education administrator, university president

Sarah Hall (09 dec 1951 – Hamilton, Ontario) author, stained glass artist

Cynthia S. [Cindy] Ross (09 dec 1952 – Wakita OK) retired higher education administrator, first female president of Cameron University

Jane Hanson (09 dec 1955 – US) broadcast journalist

Patricia N. [Pat] Battle (09 dec 1959 – Neptune Township NJ) tv journalist

Jenifer Fox (09 dec 1960 – Milwaukee WI) author, speaker, educator, strengths-based advocate, leader of Strengths Movement in Schools