Jamaica Kincaid

Antiguan-American novelist and essayist Elaine Potter Richardson (better known as Jamaica Kincaid), was born today in 1949.

Dorothy Wesley

Dorothy Wesley, a librarian and historian, and one of the first African- American women to earn a master’s degree in library science (Howard University, 1932), was born today in 1905.

Mary Keyserling

Mary Keyserling, an economist, Director of the Women’s Bureau of the Labor Department (1964-1969), and personal advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt in the Office of Civilian Defense, was born today in 1910.

Mary Wells Lawrence, the first woman executive of an advertising firm, and first female CEO of a company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, was born today in 1928.

Mary Wells Lawrence