Anne Nicol Gaylor was an activist who worked to make abortion legal for Wisconsin women and to protect the separation of church and state.
Nellie Wilson spent her life fighting for employment opportunities for women and was the first African American woman to hold a leadership position in her local steelworkers union.
Ingrid Washinawatok, which translates to “Flying Eagle Woman,” was a celebrated human rights advocate for indigenous peoples who was killed in South America.
Ramona Villarreal is a Mexican American activist who has devoted her life to fighting for equality and justice for people with Mexican/Latinx heritage in Wisconsin.
Betsy Thunder was a respected Ho-Chunk medicine woman known for her skill in making remedies from roots and plants.
Doris Thom, who helped open higher-paying jobs to women in Wisconsin, was the first woman to hold leadership positions in her local labor unions.
Lutie Stearns, “the Johnny Appleseed of books,” started free libraries all over Wisconsin and was an outspoken advocate for social justice.
Jewish activist Hannah Rosenthal served as a U.S. special envoy to work against anti-Semitism.
Vel Phillips achieved many firsts, including first woman and first African American to be elected to the statewide office of secretary of state.