Elizabeth Baird’s newspaper stories about the developing Green Bay area in the 1800s were among the earliest written accounts of life in Wisconsin.
Ineva Reilly Baldwin
Before Ineva Reilly Baldwin championed the “Wisconsin Idea,” she was a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander during World War II—the highest rank ever attained by a woman at that time.
Tammy Baldwin was the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in Congress and the first openly gay senator in U.S. history.
Mildred Barber was one of the first three women elected to the Wisconsin Legislature.
Lynda Barry, assistant professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the UW-Madison, is a celebrated cartoonist, author, speaker, and instructor.
Miriam Ben Shalom
Miriam Ben Shalom was a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army before being discharged for her sexual orientation; she was later the first LGBT serviceperson ever reinstated.
Bonnie Blair is a world record-holding speed skater, a six-time Olympic medalist and the most decorated woman in Winter Olympic history.
Ruth Bleier was a neurophysiology professor whose pioneering work showed that there was gender bias in the field of biological science.
Dr. Marci Bowers is an internationally respected surgeon who specializes in gender-affirming surgery and clitoral restoration.
Gene Cohen Boyer
Gene Cohen Boyer was an activist for women’s rights, a successful businesswoman, and a founding member of multiple feminist organizations.
Author and activist Ellen Bravo has fought tirelessly for policies that support working women and their families.
Angie Brooks is best known as the first African woman to serve as president of the United Nations General Assembly.
Olympia Brown was the first woman to be ordained a minister in the U.S. and was president of Wisconsin’s Woman Suffrage Association for 28 years.