Timeline: 1951-Present

Image description: A black-and-white portrait-style photo of Ineva Reilly Baldwin.

Ineva Reilly Baldwin

Before Ineva Reilly Baldwin championed the “Wisconsin Idea,” she was a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander during World War II—the highest rank ever attained by a woman at that time.
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.