About

Wisconsin Women Making History is a growing digital resource that provides students and lifetime learners an online destination to find remarkable women who have contributed to Wisconsin’s state legacy.

Wisconsin women have historically stepped into leadership roles, worked to improve their communities, and innovated in science, the arts, business and governance. Through multimedia and biographies, the website brings to life the stories of women and girls often overlooked in Wisconsin history. Educators will find resources to incorporate the site into their classrooms and lifetime learners will find ways to get their communities involved.

Women featured on the website were selected by a committee of advisors from across Wisconsin. Click here to view a list of nominees. Nominations may be considered for future site updates. Click here to nominate a Wisconsin woman who has made significant contributions to the state’s legacy.

Wisconsin Women Making History is a partnership of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Media Lab, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Consortium, and the University of Wisconsin Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian. Check back often or follow Wisconsin Women Making History on Facebook for new additions to the website.

 

Photo credits:

  • Shirley Abrahamson courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 98857
  • Elizabeth Baird courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 5210
  • Carrie Chapman Catt courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 1818
  • Dickey Chapelle courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 11541
  • Ada Deer courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 115579
  • Zona Gale courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 28373
  • Ruth de Young Kohler courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives
  • Belle Case LaFollette courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 3841
  • Mountain Wolf Woman courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 9385
  • Helen Farnsworth Mears courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 2902
  • Vel Phillips courtesy of the Wisconsin Public Television/James Gill
  • Dorothy Pond courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 104174
  • Caroline Quarlis courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 52619
  • Lutie Stearns courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 29426
  • Betsy Thunder courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 4492
  • Laura Ross Wolcott courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 2461
  • Glenn Wise courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, Image ID 36390
 

THANK YOU

ADVISORS
  • Teresa Arenas, Faculty Associate, UW-Madison, Director, Service Learning and Community-Based Research Initiative~ Somos Latinas History Project Coordinator
  • Helen Bannan, Historian ,Emeritus Director of the UW-Oshkosh Women’s Studies program.
  • Nicolle Burke, Sun Prairie School District Educational Instructional Leader
  • Priscilla Pardini, Author and former education reporter for THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL.
  • Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, UW-Whitewater
  • Gwynne Kennedy, Professor of English, UW-Milwaukee
  • Genevieve G. McBride, Professor of History, UW-Milwaukee, and author of ON WISCONSIN WOMEN: WORKING FOR THEIR RIGHTS FROM SETTLEMENT TO SUFFRAGE.
  • Susan Rensing, Associate Professor of History of Science, UW-Oshkosh
  • Karla Strand, Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian, UW-Madison
  • Martha Taylor, Vice President, Principal Gifts and Women’s Philanthropy, University of Wisconsin Foundation, and co-founder of the UW Foundation’s Women’s Philanthropy Council
  • Jodi Vandenberg-Davis, Professor of Women’s Studies and History, UW-La Crosse
  • Yvonne ‘Ivy’ Vanio, photographer/film maker, and Multicultural Student Services Specialist, UW-Superior
  • Mai Zong Vue, MSSW, InterCultural Program Coordinator, State of Wisconsin, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Phyllis Holman Weisbard, Emeritus UW System Women’s and Gender Studies Librarian
PARTNERS
  • Lynne Blinkenberg, Director of Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television
  • Karla Strand, Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian, UW-Madison
  • Helen Klebesadel, University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Consortium
  • Jessica Becker, Director of Public Programs & Digital Communications, Wisconsin Humanities Council
  • Simone Munson, Reference Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Sally Jacobs, McCormick / International Harvester Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Becky Murkley, Educational Producer, Wisconsin Educational Media Lab
  • Jane De Broux, Editor, Wisconsin Magazine of History
  • Lori DiPrete Brown, Director, UW-Madison 4W Initiative
  • Susan Kidd Webster, Senior Lecturer, UW-Madison Department of Social Work
  • Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Center for Research on Gender and Women
  • UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies
RESEARCHERS
  • Allison Able, Alumnae, UW-Oshkosh
  • Erica Motz, Intern, Wisconsin Public Television
  • Harvey Long, Graduate Student, UW-Madison
  • Jane De Broux, Editor, Wisconsin Magazine of History
  • Laura McGinnis, Alumnae, UW-Madison
  • Nichole Barnes, Alumnae, UW-Madison
  • Samantha Snyder, Graduate Student, UW-Madison
LEAD EDITOR
  • JoAnne E. Lehman, Senior Editor, Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office, University of Wisconsin
PROJECT MANAGER
  • Renee Gasch, Consultant, Wisconsin Public Television