Lutie Stearns, “the Johnny Appleseed of books,” started free libraries all over Wisconsin and was an outspoken advocate for social justice.
Donna Shalala was the first woman to head a Big Ten university and the longest-serving secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Pleasant Rowland founded the American Girls Collection, a popular line of books, dolls, and accessories that features girls living throughout U.S. history.
Caroline Sandin was a respected civic leader and served on the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents.
Sister Joel Read served for 35 years as president of Alverno College and became widely known and respected for her innovative education reforms.
Katharine Lyall was the first woman president of the University of Wisconsin System.
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.