Category: Philanthropy

Gwen T. Jackson

Gwen T. Jackson dedicated her life to serving others and volunteered for the American Red Cross for more than half a century.
Image description: A portrait-style photo of Donna Shalala.

Donna Shalala

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.
Image description: A headshot of Pleasant Rowland.

Pleasant Rowland

Pleasant Rowland founded the American Girls Collection, a popular line of books, dolls, and accessories that features girls living throughout U.S. history.
Image description: A black-and-white photo of Kate Newcomb holding an infant.

Kate Newcomb

Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb was a popular physician in Northern Wisconsin who provided health care where few medical services were available.
Helen Connor Laird

Helen Connor Laird

Community leader Helen Connor Laird was the inspiration for the Laird Endowment Fund for the Arts in central Wisconsin.
Image description: A portrait-style photo of Ruth Deyoung Kohler.

Ruth DeYoung Kohler

Ruth DeYoung Kohler was a journalist, a historian, and an outspoken advocate for women's rights.
Image description: A black-and-white headshot of 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.
Image description: A black-and-white portrait-style photo of Ineva Reilly Baldwin.

Ineva Reilly Baldwin

Before Ineva Reilly Baldwin championed the “Wisconsin Idea,” she was a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander during World War II—the highest rank ever attained by a woman at that time.