Category: Activism & Social Change

Lorena Hickok

Lorena Hickok

Lorena "Hick" Hickok was a journalist during the U.S. Great Depression and a close friend of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Nellie McKay

Nellie Y. McKay

Nellie Y. McKay was one of the first scholars to bring attention to the writing of African American women authors.
Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning was one of the only openly LGB members of the U.S. military for 13 years and spoke out against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
Danae Davis

Danae D. Davis

Trained as a lawyer and committed to equity, Danae Davis is passionate about “success for every child, in every school, from cradle to career.”
Group of Wisconsin suffragists

Wisconsin Women and Suffrage

On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became the first to ratify the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women's suffrage, or the right to vote.
Milly Zantow

Milly Zantow

Milly Zantow pioneered the plastics recycling movement and invented the numbered-triangle system used for identifying different kinds of plastic.
Laura Ross Wolcott

Laura Ross Wolcott

Laura Ross Wolcott was the first woman physician in Wisconsin and was active in the women’s suffrage movement.
Nellie Wilson

Nellie Wilson

Nellie Wilson spent her life fighting for employment opportunities for women and was the first African American woman to hold a leadership position in her local steelworkers union.
Ingrid Washinawatok

Ingrid Washinawatok

Ingrid Washinawatok, which translates to “Flying Eagle Woman,” was a celebrated human rights advocate for indigenous peoples who was killed in South America.
Ramona Villarreal

Ramona Villarreal

Ramona Villarreal is a Mexican American activist who has devoted her life to fighting for equality and justice for people with Mexican/Latinx heritage in Wisconsin.