Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first female head of state of any African country.
Jewish activist Hannah Rosenthal served as a U.S. special envoy to work against anti-Semitism.
Sister Joel Read
Sister Joel Read served for 35 years as president of Alverno College and became widely known and respected for her innovative education reforms.
Vel Phillips achieved many firsts, including first woman and first African American to be elected to the statewide office of secretary of state.
At age 16, Caroline Quarlls was the first known person to escape slavery through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad network.
Maria Luisa Morales
Maria Luisa Morales has worked for justice for Latinx communities in Wisconsin since the 1960s.
Patricia “Patty” Loew
Patricia "Patty" Loew is a celebrated journalist, filmmaker, and educator about Native Americans in Wisconsin.
University of Wisconsin scholar Gerda Lerner founded the academic field of women's history.
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.