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Women's History Month 2018

Events, Information, Books and more for Celebrating Wisconsin Women's History

Women's History Month 2018 | Wisconsin Historical Society
Women's History Month

 

EnlargeVignetted studio portrait of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Black Kander

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Black Kander

Learn more about her story and see original documents in the links below.

Biography     Original Documents

View the original source document: WHI 38113

EnlargeSusan S. Frackelton

Susan S. Frackelton

Learn more about her story and see original documents in the links below.

Biography     Original Documents

View the original source document: WHI 8857

EnlargeJudge Vel Phillips, WHI 28115.

Judge Vel Phillips

Learn more about her story and see original documents in the links below.

Biography     Original Documents

View the original source document: WHI 28115

EnlargePortrait of Ada Deer

Ada Deer

Learn more about her story and see original documents in the links below.

Biography     Original Documents

View the original source document: WHI 115579

EnlargeDickey Chapelle, 1940 ca.  WHI 11541.

Dickey Chapelle

Learn more about her story and see original documents in the links below.

Biography     Original Documents

View the original source document: WHI 11541

EnlargePortrait of Mathilde Franziska Anneke seated, surrounded by flowers and plants.

Mathilde Franziska Anneke

Learn more about her story and see original documents in the links below.

Biography     Original Documents

View the original source document: WHI 47585

Learn about Wisconsin's Women's History


An overview of Wisconsin women's history with links to original documents. The best starting place for exploring women's lives across centuries of Wisconsin history.

Stories and facts about dozens of Wisconsin women who made history in a collaboration by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the University of Wisconsin, and  other cultural organizations.

Photographs of Wisconsin women. More than 13,000 images of women from all time periods, in all walks of life. Use the search box to filter to specific people, places, or events.

Manuscripts by and about Wisconsin women. More than 100 collections of original documents totalling nearly 3,000 pages that document women from 19th-century suffragists to Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Museum objects related to Wisconsin women. More than 300 articles of clothing, domestic goods, quilts, dolls, ceramics, textiles, and other artifacts in the Wisconsin Historical Museum created or used by women. Use the search box to locate objects specifically about women.

Rare books and manuscripts about the Woman Suffrage Movement, 1846 to 1919. Key documents and images about the most widely studied era in Wisconsin women's history.

Articles about women in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, 1918-2017. Dozens of illustrated articles on Wisconsin women through the centuries.

Books by and about Wisconsin women from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press


Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists by Eloisa Gomez and Andrea-Teresa Arenas

How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted by Madeline Uraneck 

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action by John Garofolo 

Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail by Melanie Radzicki McManus 

Ship Captain's Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes by Ann Lewis 

My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting by Jessie Garcia

A Milwaukee Woman's Life on the Left: The Autobiography of Meta Berger 

Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium edited by Genevieve G. McBride 

Voices of the Wisconsin Past: Women Remember the War, 1941-1945 edited by Michael E. Stevens 

Wisconsin Women in the War between the States (facsimile reprint of 1911 edition) by Ethel Alice Hurn 

The Bingo Queens of Oneida: How Two Moms Started Tribal Gaming in Wisconsin by Mike Hoeft 

Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures along Lake Superior by Mary Dougherty 

Penny Loafers & Bobby Pins: Tales and Tips from Growing Up in the '50s and '60s by Susan Sanvidge, Diane Sanvidge Seckar, Jean Sanvidge Wouters, and Julie Sanvidge Florence 

For Younger Readers:

Mountain Wolf Woman: A Ho-Chunk Girlhood by Diane Holliday 

Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher by Karyn Saemann 

Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom: Wildlife Conservation Pioneers by Susan Tupper 

Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller by Kathe Crowley Conn 

Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero by Bob Kann

Events


Wisconsin's Nazi Fighter.  Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:15-1 pm, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum (Madison).

Trends in American QuiltingSaturday, March 10, 2018, 1-2 pm, at Wade House (Greenbush, WI).

Tea With Cordelia Harvey Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at Old World Wisconsin (Eagle, WI).

Re-examining the American Pioneer Spirit Through the Extended Family of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:15-1 pm, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum (Madison).

From Bonnets to Hats, 1830-1930.  Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10-11am, at the Onalaska Public Library (Onalaska, WI).