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Image description: A black-and-white photo of Kathryn Clarenbach holding her chin, deep in thought.

Kathryn Clarenbach

Kathryn "Kay" Clarenbach was a founding member and the first chair of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and won gains for women's rights in state and federal politics.
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 Olympia Brown.

Olympia Brown

Olympia Brown was the first woman to be ordained a minister in the U.S. and was president of Wisconsin’s Woman Suffrage Association for 28 years.
Image description: A headshot of Tammy Baldwin.

Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin was the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in Congress and the first openly gay senator in U.S. history.
Image description: A black-and-white cameo-style photo of Mildred Barber.

Mildred Barber

Mildred Barber was one of the first three women elected to the Wisconsin Legislature.
Image description: A portrait-style photo of Debra Amesqua in her fire chief uniform.

Debra Amesqua

Debra Amesqua was the first woman chief of the Madison Fire Department and one of the first women fire chiefs in the country.
Image description: A black-and-white photo of Shirley Abrahamson raising her right hand, presumably being sworn in as a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Shirley Abrahamson

Shirley S. Abrahamson was the first woman justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the first female chief justice in state history.