Category: Activism & Social Change

Ada Deer

Ada Deer

Ada Deer was the first woman to head the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the first Native American woman from Wisconsin to run for U.S. Congress.
Catherine Conroy

Catherine Conroy

Catherine Conroy was a founding member of both the National Organization for Women and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
Clara Bewick Colby

Clara Bewick Colby

Clara Bewick Colby, a prominent suffragist, orator, and journalist, started a newspaper called the WOMAN’S TRIBUNE.
Kathryn Clarenbach

Kathryn Clarenbach

Kathryn "Kay" Clarenbach was a founding member and the first chair of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and won gains for women's rights in state and federal politics.
Ardie Clark Halyard

Ardie Clark Halyard

Ardie Clark Halyard co-founded the first African American-owned savings and loan association (S&L) and was the first woman president of the Milwaukee NAACP chapter.
Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt

Women’s suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt was very important in getting the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed.
Olympia Brown

Olympia Brown

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.
Ellen Bravo

Ellen Bravo

Author and activist Ellen Bravo has fought tirelessly for policies that support working women and their families.
Gene Cohen Boyer

Gene Cohen Boyer

Gene Cohen Boyer was an activist for women’s rights, a successful businesswoman, and a founding member of multiple feminist organizations.
Miriam Ben Shalom

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.