Category: Activism & Social Change

Caroline Quarlls

Caroline Quarlls

At age 16, Caroline Quarlls was the first known person to escape slavery through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad network.
Mee Moua

Mee Moua

Mee Moua was the first Hmong American to be elected to a state legislature in the U.S.
Maria Luisa Morales

Maria Luisa Morales

Maria Luisa Morales has worked for justice for Latinx communities in Wisconsin since the 1960s.
Patricia Loew

Patricia Loew

Patricia "Patty" Loew is a celebrated journalist, filmmaker, and educator about Native Americans in Wisconsin.
Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner

University of Wisconsin scholar Gerda Lerner founded the academic field of women's history.
Belle Case La Follette

Belle Case La Follette

Belle Case La Follette was the first woman to graduate from law school in Wisconsin and an outspoken advocate for women's right to vote.
Jessie Jack Hooper

Jessie Jack Hooper

Jessie Jack Hooper, a suffragist, was president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and also ran for the U.S. Senate in 1922.
Ada James

Ada James

Ada James was a Wisconsin suffragist leader who worked for women’s rights and other reforms in the early 20th century.
bell hooks

bell hooks

Best known for her work on gender, race, and class, University of Wisconsin graduate bell hooks was a prolific writer, speaker, and scholar.
Anita Herrera

Anita Herrera

Anita Herrera grew up in a family of migrant farm workers and devoted her career to improving education, employment, and living conditions for people of color in Wisconsin.