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Vel Phillips

Vel Phillips

Vel Phillips achieved many firsts, including first woman and first African American to be elected to the statewide office of secretary of state.
Caroline Quarlls

Caroline Quarlls

At age 16, Caroline Quarlls was the first known person to escape slavery through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad network.
Barbara Nichols

Barbara Nichols

Barbara Nichols was the first African American president of the Wisconsin Nursing Association and of the American Nursing Association.
Gwen Moore

Gwen Moore

Gwen Moore was the first African American from the state of Wisconsin to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Golda Meir

Golda Meir

Golda Meir was a teacher and organizer in Milwaukee before becoming Israel's first female prime minister in 1969.
Katharine Lyall

Katharine Lyall

Katharine Lyall was the first woman president of the University of Wisconsin System.
Barbara Lawton

Barbara Lawton

Barbara Lawton, forty-third lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, was the first woman to be elected to that position.
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.
April Ulring Larson

April Ulring Larson

Elected by the La Crosse Area Synod in 1992, Rev. April Ulring Larson became the first female Lutheran bishop in North America and the second in the world.
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.