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Helen Cecilia De Silver Abbot Michael (23 dec 1857 – 29 nov 1904 | Philadelphia PA – Boston MA) author, chemist, doctor, biologist, hospital founder, plant analysis expert researcher

Louisa Melvin Delos Mars (23 dec 1859 – c. 1926 | Providence RI – Boston MA) singer, composer, first African-American woman to have her opera performed, one of first black graduates of New England Conservatory

Harriet Monroe (23 dec 1860 – 26 sep 1936 | Chicago IL – Arequipa, Peru) poet, editor, scholar, biographer, playwright, literary critic, patron of arts, autobiographical author, Poetry magazine editor / founder / publisher

Sarah Breedlove Walker (23 dec 1867 – 25 may 1919 | Delta LA – Irvington-on-Hudson NY) African-American, philanthropist, aka Madam C. J. Walker, cosmetics company founder / owner / entrepreneur,  first US female self-made millionaire

Ella Ade McCray (23 dec 1867 – 19 dec 1947 | Indiana US – Kentland IN) First Lady of Indiana

Jessie Richmond Tarbox Beals (23 dec 1870 – 30 may 1942 Hamilton, Ontario – New York NY) photographer, photojournalist, first US female nighttime photographer

Lala Fay Watts (23 dec 1881 – 08 nov 1971 | Northfield MA – Fort Worth TX) suffragist, labor activist, temperance advocate, first Texas child welfare inspector, first Chief of TX Department of Labor Women’s Division

María Luisa Arcelay 23 dec 1898 – 17 oct 1981 | Mayagüez, Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) politician, educator, businesswoman, first woman in Puerto Rico elected to government legislature

Anna J. Harrison (23 dec 1912 – 08 aug 1998 | Benton City MO – Holyoke MA) author, chemist, professor

Sarah Maxine Meyer Greene (23 dec 1917 – 29 may 2014 | Brooklyn NY – New York NY) author, teacher, social activist, philanthropist, educational philosopher, Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education founder

Miriam Waddington (23 dec 1917 – 03 mar 2004 | Winnipeg, Manitoba – Vancouver, British Columbia) Canadian poet, translator, short story writer

Zara Nelsova (23 dec 1918 – 10 oct 2002 | Winnipeg, Manitoba – New York NY) Canadian cellist, mast teacher, born Sara Nelson or Katznelson

Edith Mae Irby Jones (23 dec 1927 – near Conway AR) first black intern in Arkansas State, first African-American medical student in desgregated classes in US South, first female president of National Medical Association, co-founded two international hospitals in Haiti and Mexico

Geills McCrae Kilgour Turner (23 dec 1937 – Winnipeg, Manitoba) photographer, political family member, wife of former Canadian Prime Minister

Patricia Gretchen Mann Brewin (23 dec 1938 – Ottawa, Ontario) Canadian politician, first female Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia

Nancy Stevenson Graves (23 dec 1939 – 21 oct 1995 | Pittsfield MA – New York NY) sculptor, painter, printmaker, filmmaker

Nathalie Dupree (23 dec 1939 – New Jersey US) Southern chef, author, tv cooking show host

Lois Kathryn Herr (23 dec 1941 – Hershey PA) author, politician, progressive labor activist

Claire Porter (23 dec 1942 – New Britain CT) author, dancer, dance educator, comedienne, choreographer

Christopher [Kit] Lynn Bakke (23 dec 1946 – Seattle WA) nurse, civil / political / women’s rights activist, former SDS / Weather Underground member

Beverly Marie Inman Beaver (23 dec 1946 – 21 apr 2011 | Tuscumbia AL – Tuscumbia AL) romantic suspense novelist, penname: Beverly Barton

Aviva Kempner (23 dec 1946 – Berlin, Germany) Jewish-American historical / biographical / documentary filmmaker

Susan Victoria Lucci (23 dec 1946 – Scarsdale NY) author, actress, tv host, entrepreneur

Angela Marie [Bay] Buchanan (23 dec 1948 – Washington DC) LDS, author, memoirist, biographer, former US Treasurer, conservative political commentator

Allison Argo (23 dec 1953 – Richmond VA) writer, editor, director, narrator, film producer

Holly Dale (23 dec 1953 – Toronto, Ontario) Canadian film producer, tv / film director, independent production company co-owner

Margaret D. Lowman (23 dec 1953 – Elmira NY) author, biologist, educator, ecologist, explorer, public speaker, aka Canopy Meg