City: Madison

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first female head of state of any African country.
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.
Mabel Watson Raimey

Mabel Watson Raimey

Mabel Raimey was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attend Marquette University Law School, and practice law in Wisconsin.
Kathryn Morrison

Kathryn Morrison

Kathryn "Kate" Morrison was the first woman elected to the Wisconsin State Senate.
Katharine Lyall

Katharine Lyall

Katharine Lyall was the first woman president of the University of Wisconsin System.
Patricia Loew

Patricia Loew

Patricia "Patty" Loew is a celebrated journalist, filmmaker, and educator about Native Americans in Wisconsin.
Estella Leopold

Estella Leopold

Estella Leopold is a paleobotanist and conservationist who conducted ground-breaking research on fossilized pollen.
Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner

University of Wisconsin scholar Gerda Lerner founded the academic field of women's history.
Barbara Lawton

Barbara Lawton

Barbara Lawton, forty-third lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, was the first woman to be elected to that position.
Belle Case La Follette

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.