Women's History "HerStory"

Here Are a Few of Our favorite Women In HerStory

Margaret Murie: (1902-2003)
The Grandmother of
American Conservation

Mon Apr 04 2022 07:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

In 1924, Margaret Thomas was the first woman to graduate from what is now the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; that same year she married celebrated biologist Olaus Murie. During their honeymoon, the newlyweds traveled 500 miles by dog sled through the heart of Alaska’s Arctic region, conducting research on caribou, studying birds, and launching what would ultimately become an historic 40-year work partnership.
 
In 1956, the couple initiated a campaign to preserve the land that is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, gaining the support of President Dwight Eisenhower, who authorized the protection of 8 million acres. Murie continued her environmental crusade after her husband’s death in 1963. She testified before Congress in support of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act; passed in 1980, the act provides protection to an additional 104 million acres of Alaskan wilderness.

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NAWSA and the League of Women Voters

Mon Feb 01 2021 08:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

What does NAWSA (naw-sa) stand for?  On February 18, 1890, the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association was formed from two suffrage organizations, National and American, both begun in1869. This merger helped build momentum for women to gain voting rights in state and national elections. Its membership grew as more and more states granted women’s suffrage in local and state elections, from about 7,000 women to over 2 million. NAWSA’s efforts, along with massive mobilization across the nation, paid off: in May and June of 1919, the US Congress passed a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote in all elections.

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Notable League Member: Betty Ford

Sat May 01 2021 07:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As First Lady from 1974 to 1977, Betty Ford faithfully sent her membership dues to her hometown League in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also continued her activism for women’s rights, even when her opinions clashed with those of her husband’s and the Republican party’s.

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Notable League Member: Eleanor Roosevelt

Mon Mar 01 2021 08:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

One of the most active high-profile members of the League of Women Voters (LWV), Eleanor Roosevelt served as the League’s vice president for legislative affairs in the 1920s, helping to establish its policy agenda.

Roosevelt touted the League as a leader in engaging women with politics, saying, “The League of Women Voters trains good citizens who have a sense of responsibility about what goes on in their locality, in their state, and in their nation."

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Notable League Member: Lady Bird Johnson

Thu Apr 01 2021 07:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day later this month, the timing seemed perfect for a look at the remarkable life of former League member, Lady Bird Johnson.

According to historian Rita G. Koman, “Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy was to legitimize environmental issues as a national priority. The attitudes and policies she advanced have shaped the conservation and preservation policies of the environmental movement since then.” It will not comes as a surprise to environmental activists that this First Lady is finally receiving her due in a new, best-selling biography titled, "Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight," by Julia Sweig.

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