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.
Vel Phillips achieved many firsts, including first woman and first African American to be elected to the statewide office of secretary of state.
Barbara Nichols was the first African American president of the Wisconsin Nursing Association and of the American Nursing Association.
Katharine Lyall was the first woman president of the University of Wisconsin System.
Patricia "Patty" Loew is a celebrated journalist, filmmaker, and educator about Native Americans in Wisconsin.
Estella Leopold is a paleobotanist and conservationist who conducted ground-breaking research on fossilized pollen.
University of Wisconsin scholar Gerda Lerner founded the academic field of women's history.
Barbara Lawton, forty-third lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, was the first woman to be elected to that position.