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She was the first known person to escape slavery
through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad network.
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CAROLINE QUARLLS

Mabel Watson Raimey
Mabel Raimey was the first African American woman to graduate from University of Wisconsin-Madison, attend Marquette University Law School, and practice law in Wisconsin.
Law, lawyer, first, Milwaukee, Dane, Madison.

Ada Deer
Ada Deer was the first woman to head the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the first Native American woman from Wisconsin to run for U.S. Congress.
Activism & Social Change, first, Menominee, Government & Politics, Native American, Dane

Gerda Lerner
University of Wisconsin scholar Gerda Lerner founded the academic field of women’s history.
Activism & Social Change, Education, Jewish, Dane