12 | women.born.december | 30

Agnes Irwin (30 dec 1841 – 05 dec 1914 | Washington DC – Philadelphia PA) author, editor, educator, girls’ school founder, political family member, first dean at Radcliffe College, principal at West Penn Square Seminary for Young Ladies (later named Agnes Irwin School)

Katharine Jeanette Bush (30 dec 1855 – 19 jan 1937 | Scranton PA – New Haven CT) author, essayist, zoologist, dictionary editor, first PhD in sciences at Yale

Rachel Foster Avery (30 dec 1858 – 26 oct 1919 | Pittsburgh PA – Philadelphia PA) suffragist, journalist, political activist, organized International Council of Women for National American Woman Suffrage Association, organizer / corresponding secretary for both organizations

Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (30 dec 1858 – 1937 | Kingfield ME – Kingfield ME) pioneering female photographer, hand-colored glass slide artist

Henrietta Eleanor Goodnough Deuell (30 dec 1889 – 19 jun 1967 | Bennington KS – Carmel Valley CA) journalist, penname: Peggy Hull, American female WWI / WWII war correspondent, first female war correspondent accredited by US War Department

Nina Koshetz (30 dec 1891 – 14 may 1965 | Kiev, Ukraine – Santa Ana CA) Russian-American actress, recital singer, operatic soprano

Helen von Kolnitz Hyer (30 dec 1896 – 14 nov 1983 | Charleston SC – Beaufort SC) poet, curator, novelist, children’s author

Rachel Henderlite (30 dec 1905 – 06 nov 1991 | Henderson NC – Austin TX) author, professor, religious leader, ecumenical activist, first woman ordained pastor of Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUS)

Jane Gillson Langton (30 dec 1922 – Boston MA) author, children’s books / adult novel illustrator

Yvonne Madelaine Claeys Brill (30 dec 1924 – 27 mar 2013 | Winnipeg, Manitoba – Princeton NJ) Canadian-American, rocket scientist, jet propulsion innovator / researcher

Lorna Jolley Kesterson (30 dec 1925 – 16 jan 2012 | St George UT – Las Vegas Valley NV) journalist, politician, newspaper editor / reporter, first female mayor in Henderson Nevada 

Margaret Holland [Meg] Sargent (30 dec 1927 – Hollywood CA) portrait artist

Nancy Van de Vate (30 dec 1930 – Plainfield NJ) American-Austrian pianist, composer

Betty Kay Ageloff Aberlin (30 dec 1942 – New York NY) poet, writer, actress, literary website contributor, late-night jazz / poetry / spoken radio show host

Patricia Lee [Patti] Smith (30 dec 1946 – Chicago IL) poet, memoirist, visual artist, singer-songwriter, children’s book author

Sarah Marshall Kernochan (30 dec 1947 – New York NY) film director, producer, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker

 

Daria Halprin (30 dec 1948 – San Francisco Bay CA) author, dancer, former actress, psychologist

Marcia Kramer (30 dec 1948 – New York NY) electronic journalist, chief political correspondent

June Anderson (30 dec 1952 – Boston MA) coloratura soprano, bel canto performer

Louann Brizendine (30 dec 1952 – US) author, clinician, neuropsychiatrist, specializes in researching effects of hormones on male / female brains

Tina Davidson (30 dec 1952 – Stockholm, Sweden) Swedish-American pianist, composer, essayist, composer-in-residence

Melissa Fay Greene (30 dec 1952 – Macon GA) nonfiction author

Mary Ellen Miller (30 dec 1952 – New York NY) author, curator, academic, art historian, college dean, archaeologist, Mayan / Meso-American scholar

Meredith Louise Vieira (30 dec 1953 – Providence RI) tv show host, broadcast journalist

Glenda R. Taylor (30 dec 1955 – Brooklyn NY) editor, essayist, community activist, philanthropy executive, Olympic Vision charity founder, Dewey educational philosophy proponent

Sheryl Lee Ralph (30 dec 1956 – Waterbury CT) author, singer, actress, HIV / adis activist, youngest female graduate (19 in 1972) from Rutgers University

Silda Alice Wall Spitzer (30 dec 1957 – Chapel Hill NC) lawyer, social activist, former First Lady of New York State, cofounded children’s volunteering not-for-profit, cofounder / CEO of woman-owned New York States of Mind digital magazine / marketplace

Sabina Magliocco (30 dec 1959 – Topeka KS) author, essayist, folklorist, anthropologist, Fulbright Scholar, professor of anthropology

Jennifer Diane Reitz (30 dec 1959 – Baker City OR) writer, trans woman, webcomic author, computer programmer, Transsexuality information website founder / facilitator

Tracey Ullman (30 dec 1959 – Slough UK) English-American singer, dancer, author, actress, director, comedian, screenwriter, businesswoman

Elizabeth Humphreys Penrose (30 dec 1960 – Wilmington DE) science-fiction genre poet

Heather Ann Wilson (30 dec 1960 – Keene NH) author, private pilot, state politician, former US Air Force officer, first female military veteran elected to full-term in US Congress, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology