12 dec 21 | women.born.today

Laura Dewey Lynn Bridgman (21 dec 1829 – 24 may 1889 | Hanover NH – Boston MA) poet, pioneer deaf-blind student, developed unique tapping alphabet for communicating with others

Mary Virginia Terhune (21 dec 1830 – 03 jun 1922 | Amelia VA – New York NY) novelist, essayist, short story writer, aka Marion Harland

Henrietta Szold (21 dec 1860 – 13 feb 1945 | Baltimore MD – Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine) Jewish-American author, memoirist, women’s US Zionist leader, Hadassah Women’s Organization founder

Zélie de Lussan (21 dec 1863 – 18 dec 1949 | Brooklyn NY – London UK) master voice teacher, operatic soprano / mezzo-soprano

Harriet Hammond McCormick (21 dec 1862 – 17 jan 1921 | Newport UK – Chicago IL) philanthropist, founded Elizabeth McCormick Memorial Fund child welfare foundation in honor and memory of her deceased daughter

Helen Farnsworth Mears (26 dec 1872 – 17 feb 1916 | Oshkosh WI – Greenwich Village NY) sculptor

Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune (21 dec 1872 – 02 jun 1922 | Amelia County VA – Manhattan NY) novelist, lecturer, cookbook author, penname Marion Harland, history / biography / travel guide writer, first woman elected to VA Historical Society

Gertrude Battles Lane (21 dec 1874 – 25 sep 1941 | Saco ME – New York NY) antiques collector, pioneering women’s magazine editor, editor-in-chief of Woman’s Home Companion

María Cadilla Colón de Martínez (21 dec 1884 – 23 aug 1951 | Arecibo, Puerto Rico – Arecibo, Puerto Rico) author, educator, folklorist, women’s right activist, one of first Puerto Rican women to earn doctorate degree

Bella Fromm (21 dec 1890 – 09 feb 1972 | Nuremberg, Germany – New York NY) memoirist, political exile, German-American journalist

Frances Goodrich (21 dec 1890 – 29 jan 1984 | Belleville NJ – New York NY) playwright, screenwriter

Emma Tenayuca (21 dec 1916 – 23 jul 1999 | San Antonio TX – San Antonio TX) educator, labor leader, union organizer, peaceful political /  civil rights activist, founded two international ladies’ garment workers unions

Emogene Hurd Turtle (21 dec 1921 – 13 aug 2012) | Carlin NV – Citrus Heights CA operatic mezzo-soprano

Cécile Andrée Paule DeWitt-Morette (21 dec 1922 – Paris, France) French-American author, physicist, mathematician, summer school founder

Joyce Chapman Lebra (21 dec 1925 – Minneapolis MN) nonfiction author, historical novelist, historian of India and Japan, first female US PhD in Japanese History

Elisabeth Howard Elliot (21 dec 1926 – 15 jun 2015 | Brussels, Belgium – Magnolia MA) Christian author, speaker, biographer, missionary

Ellen Lanyon (21 dec 1926 – 07 oct 2013 | Chicago IL – New York NY) painter, printmaker

Colleen Townsend Evans (21 dec 1928 – Glendale CA) author, actress, humanitarian

Barbara Kay Huey Roberts (21 dec 1936 – Corvallis OR) author, state politician, first female Governor of Oregon, Harvard University program director

Jane Fonda (21 dec 1937 – New York NY) author, actress, memoirist, political activist, fitness guru / filmmaker, aka Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda

Kelly Cherry (21 dec 1940 – Baton Rouge LA) poet, author, essayist, former Poet Laureate of Virginia

Millie Elizabeth Hughes-Fulford (21 dec 1945 – Mineral Wells TX) former NASA astronaut, molecular biologist, medical investigator

Rebecca Anne [Becky] Allison (21 dec 1946 – Greenwood MI) author, cardiologist, LGBT activist / organization founder

Wanda Garner Cash (21 dec 1949 – Laredo TX) author, speaker, journalist, commentator, expert witness, media advisor, open government activist / advocate

Karen Rose Smith (21 dec 1949 – Pennsylvania US) serial romance novelist, penname Kari Sutherland

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (21 dec 1950 – Kansas City MO) modern dancer, modern dance teacher / choreographer, Urban Bush Women dance company founder

Linda Darling-Hammond (21 dec 1951 – Cleveland OH) author, educator, School Redesign Network founder / leader

Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford (21 dec 1954 – US) editor, author, theologian, professor and specialist in Hebrew language and Biblical studies

Nancy A. Moran (21 dec 1954 – Dallas TX) author, professor, evolutionary biologist, co-founder of Yale Microbial Diversity Institute

Mary Jean Eisenhower (21 dec 1955 – Washington DC) biographer, social activist, political family member, People to People International activist / advocate

Kimberly Barber (21 dec 1959 – Guelph, Ontario) Canadian operatic mezzo-soprano, vocal pedagogue

Jennifer Sterling-Folker (21 dec 1960 – US) author, political science professor, specialist in International Relations theory