Timeline: 1901-1950

Lutie Eugenia Stearns

Lutie Eugenia Stearns

Lutie Stearns, “the Johnny Appleseed of books,” started free libraries all over Wisconsin and was an outspoken advocate for social justice.
Lorine Niedecker

Lorine Niedecker

Lorine Niedecker, an important 20th century poet, was highly regarded for the poems she wrote about her Wisconsin surroundings.
Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe

A major American artist of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe developed a unique approach to abstract painting that reflected the landscapes around her.
Kate Newcomb

Kate Newcomb

Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb was a popular physician in Northern Wisconsin who provided health care where few medical services were available.
Mountain Wolf Woman

Mountain Wolf Woman

Mountain Wolf Woman's autobiography was one of the earliest firsthand accounts of the experiences of a Native American woman.
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.
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.
Ruth DeYoung Kohler

Ruth DeYoung Kohler

Ruth DeYoung Kohler was a journalist, a historian, and an outspoken advocate for women's rights.
Jessie Jack Hooper

Jessie Jack Hooper

Jessie Jack Hooper, a suffragist, was president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and also ran for the U.S. Senate in 1922.
Ada James

Ada James

Ada James was a Wisconsin suffragist leader who worked for women’s rights and other reforms in the early 20th century.