Laura Ross Wolcott was the first woman physician in Wisconsin and was active in the women’s suffrage movement.
Betsy Thunder was a respected Ho-Chunk medicine woman known for her skill in making remedies from roots and plants.
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.
Bertha Reynolds, known as “Dr. Bertha,” was one of the first women to be licensed as a doctor in the state.
Barbara Nichols was the first African American president of the Wisconsin Nursing Association and of the American Nursing Association.
Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb was a popular physician in Northern Wisconsin who provided health care where few medical services were available.
Janet Jennings, a news reporter, became known as “the Angel of the Seneca” for her heroic nursing work during the Spanish-American War.
Cordelia Harvey became known as the Wisconsin Angel for her work as a nurse and advocate for soldiers during the U.S. Civil War.
Suzy Favor Hamilton is a record-breaking runner, a three-time Olympic athlete, and a vocal advocate for mental health.