General Works

Women’s History in Wisconsin, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, links to original documents, pictures, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources available online, about the history of the suffrage campaign in Wisconsin, and other topics.

There are many articles about women among the Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles, digitized versions of newspaper clippings maintained in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 19th and the 20th centuries. It is not fulltext searchable, so it works best for searching for known individuals, locations, and time spans.

The State of Wisconsin Collection of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections includes many local history collections with material by and about women. Search the entire State of Wisconsin Collection, or select a particular local area collection to search, and try searching for “woman,” “women,” etc.

Abrahamzon, Bernice V. Ladies of the Lewis Ladies Aid. Eau Claire: Heins Publications, 1998.
About a women’s organization in Lewis, Wisconsin.

Ader, Yvonne Anderson. Women’s Progress Through Education: A Study of Pioneer Milwaukee, 1835-1870. M.S. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1966.

Allen, John. “The Importance of Being Alice,” On Wisconsin, Summer 2006, 40-43.
About the history of Alice in Dairyland.

Anderson, Greta. More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Wisconsin Women. Guilford, CT: TwoDot, 2004. Includes chapters on Queen Marinette, Eliza Chappell Porter, Cordelia A.P. Harvey, Margarethe Meyer Schurz, Belle Case La Follette, Harriet Bell Merrill, Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill, Elsa Upbricht, Edna Ferber, Mabel Watson Raimey, Golda Meir, and Mildred Fish-Harnack.

Anderson, Harry H. “The Women Who Helped Make Milwaukee Breweries Famous.” Milwaukee History 4, 3/4 (1981): 66-78.
Nineteenth-century women members of the major beer businesses.

Anshus, Gail K. A History of Five Women Philanthropists at Marquette University, 1881-1991. M.A. thesis, Marquette University, 1995.

Apple, Rima D. “The best job in the world.” Wisconsin Academy Review 46, 3 (2000): 29-33.
Public health nurses helped overburdened mothers keep babies healthy in 1930s rural Wisconsin.

Apple, Rima D. “Educating Mothers: The Wisconsin Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.” Women’s History Review [Great Britain] 12, 4 (2003): 559-576.
About the work of public health nurses employed by the Bureau between the World Wars.

Apple, Rima D., project coordinator; Joyce E. Coleman, researcher. Home Economics to Human Ecology: A Centennial History At the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Includes numerous biographies of women faculty members and student experiences in the School of Home Economics. See also the fulltext book: The Challenge of Constantly Changing Times: From Home Economics to Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 1903-2003, also by Rima Apple. Digitized by University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Apple, Rima D. “‘Much Instruction Needed Here’: The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin During the Depression,” Nursing History Review 15 (2007): 95-111.
On a Demonstration Nurse Program in which the Wisconsin Bureau of Maternal and Child Health used federal funds to hire public health nurses to work in rural areas of the state to demonstrate the efficacy of public health nurses.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee. History of the Office for Women (noted: no longer online, 8/2008). See also A Grassroots Feminist Challenge to the Catholic Church: A Social-Theological History of the Women’s Commission, The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1982-1992” (available through the Office for Women).

Bataille, Gretchen M., ed. Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Garland, 1993.
Six twentieth century women from Wisconsin are included: Ada Deer, Josette Juneau, Laura Cornelius Kellogg, Mountain Wolf Woman, Ferial Deer Skye, and Roberta Hill Whitman.

Bauer-King, Nancy, Rychie Breidenstein, and Diane Nichols. How Shall We Be Known: Voices of Women in Ministry in the Wisconsin United Methodist Tradition. Oconto: Three Sisters Press, 1996.

Bellais, Leslie. “No Idle Hands: A Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project,”Wisconsin Magazine of History 84, 2 (2000-01): 48-56.
The mostly female workforce, over half of whom were African American, learned work skills while employed making handicrafts.

Bergland, Betty Ann. “‘Christian Citizenship,’ and the Women’s Missionary Federation at the Bethany Indian Mission in Wittenberg, Wisconsin, 1884/1934,” in Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nationa, and The American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960, ed. by Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Kathryn Kish Sklar, and Connie Shemo. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, forthcoming, 2010).

Bigony, Beatrice A. Women At Stout: a Centennial Retrospective. Menomonie: University of Wisconsin at Stout Women’s Studies Committee, 1991.

Boos, Eric .J. “Strange Brew: the Wisconsin Brewing Industry’s Opposition to Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage and the Age of Consent Laws. Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies 12, 1 (Fall 2002): 3-29.

Borgia, M. Francis. He Sent Two: The Story of the Beginning of the School Sisters of St. Francis. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Co., 1965.

Boright, Heather, et al. Women’s Work : Early Wisconsin Women Artists, West Bend Art Museum, October 3-November 11, 2001. West Bend, Wis.: The Museum, c2001.

Borst, Charlotte G. “The Training and Practice of Midwives: a Wisconsin Study.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 62, 4 (1988): 606-627.
Midwives came to their occupation from a variety of backgrounds in nineteenth-century Wisconsin, but their numbers declined in the early twentieth as they were increasingly subordinated to obstetricians.

Borst, Charlotte G. “Wisconsin’s Midwives as Working Women: Immigrant Midwives and the Limits of a Traditional Occupation, 1870-1920.” Journal of American Ethnic History 8 (Spring 1989): 24-59.

Bridges, Judith. “Indian Women: Strength and Spirit.” Wisconsin Woman 1, 9 (December 1987): 56-58.
Focuses on some Wisconsin Indian women, both contemporary and historical.

Brown, Victoria. The Uncommon Lives of Common Women: the Missing Half of Wisconsin History. Madison: Wisconsin Feminists Project Fund, 1975. (Note: Digitized copy once available through Wisconsin Women’s Network is no longer available.)

Buenker, John D. “The politics of mutual frustration: Socialists and suffragists in New York and Wisconsin.” In: Flawed Liberation: Socialism and Feminism, ed. by Sally M. Miller. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1981: 113-44.

Bunkers, Suzanne L. “‘Faithful Friend’: Nineteenth-Century Midwestern American Women’s Unpublished Diaries.” Women’s Studies International Forum 10, 1 (1987): 7-17. See also her “Diaries: Public and Private Records of Women’s Lives.” Legacy 7, 2 (1990): 17-26.
Discusses methodology of studying unpublished diaries housed in historical archives in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Burt, Elizabeth V.”Conflicts of Interest: Covering Reform in the Wisconsin Press, 1910-1920,” Journalism History 2000 26, 3: 94-107.
Coverage of the suffrage movement in three Wisconsin newspapers of the decade.

Burt, Elizabeth V. “Dissent and Control in a Woman Suffrage Periodical: 30 Years of the Wisconsin Citizen.” American Journalism 16, 2 (Spring 1999): 39-61.

Burt, Elizabeth V. ” The Wisconsin Press and Woman Suffrage, 1911-1919: An Analysis of Factors Affecting Coverage by Ten Diverse Newspapers”Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 73, 3 (1996): 620-634.
Examines the coverage of suffrage events in mainstream Wisconsin newspapers of the period.

Butler, Anna B.; Bascom, Emma C.; Kerr, Katharine F., editors. Centennial Records of the Women of Wisconsin. Madison: Atwood & Culver, 1876.

Calmes, S.H. “Women in the First Academic Department of Anesthesiology,”International Congress Series 1242 (December 2002): 263-267.
At the University of Wisconsin.

Canaday, Margot. “‘We Say What We Think:’ Rural Radio, Politics, and Domesticity in Dane County, Wisconsin, 1937-1945.” Women’s Studies 29 (2000): 793-826.
Chronicles a radio program on WIBA, Madison run by women.

Cannon, A. Peter. Wisconsin Women Legislators : a Historical List. Madison: Legislative Reference Bureau, (issued biennially).

Clark, James. “Wisconsin Women Fight For Suffrage.” Chronicles of Wisconsin 12 (1956). Published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Clausen, Jean. “Mother is Back in College.” Wisconsin Alumnus 66, no. 10(Aug./Sept. 1965): 8-11.

Cleary, Catherine B. “Married Women’s Property Rights in Wisconsin, 1846-1872.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 78, 2 (1994/95): 110-137.
Married women did not have the right to own property until 1850 or to control their earnings until 1872.

Cleary, Catherine B. “Wisconsin Women Become Bankers in the Twentieth Century.” Wisconsin Banker, December 1999: 4,8,10.

Collum, Maggie and Madelyn Kennedy. “Green Bay’s Yankee Daughters. “Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review 11, 2 (1995): 21-28.
Describes seven women who founded organizations in Green Bay at the end of the nineteenth/beginning of the twentieth centuries.

Cooper, Signe. Wisconsin Nursing Pioneers. Madison: University of Wisconsin, Extension Division, 1968.

Cornwell, Ethel K. ‘For God and Home and Every Land:’ The Story of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Wisconsin, 1874-1974. Milwaukee: Woman’s Christian Temperance of Wisconsin, 1975.

Costello, Cynthia B. “‘We’re Worth It!’ Work, Culture and Conflict at the Wisconsin Education Association Insurance Trust.” Feminist Studies 11, 3 (1985): 497-518; and We’re Worth it!: Women and Collective Action in the Insurance Workplace. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
Strike of women clerical workers in 1979 and its aftermath.

Cox, Elizabeth M. Women State and Territorial Legislators, 1895-1995.Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1996. The section “Wisconsin (1925-1995):” 317-320.

Croft, Mary K., et al. Women of Vision: Reflections on Notable Women of Portage County. Stevens Point, WI: Epitaph Press, 1999.

Crane, Virginia Glenn. “‘The Very Pictures of Anarchy:’ Women in the Oshkosh Woodworkers’ Strike of 1898,” Wisconsin Magazine of History (2001) 84, 3: 44-59

Crust, Anita Waltrip. A History of the Wisconsin Division of the American Association of University Women, 1921-1961. (40 p.)

Daniels, Adrienne Edith Hacker. “A Distant Voice of Suffrage: Amos P. Wilder and Women’s Rights.” Wisconsin Academy Review 41, 4 (Fall 1995): 4-7.
Describes a pro-suffrage speech given by Wilder in Madison in 1895.

De Grott, Carol, Arneth, Julie, and Gould, Marion. “Beyond the Ballot Box,” Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review 27 (Winter/Spring 2011): 2, 12-21.

De Luca, Sara. Dancing the Cows Home: A Wisconsin Girlhood. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1996.
Reminiscences of a Polk County farm in the 1950s.

Deacon, Florence Jean. Handmaids or Autonomous Women: the Charitable Activities, Institution Building and Communal Relationships of Catholic Sisters in Nineteenth Century Wisconsin. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989.

Deeringer, Susan Curtis. Dressmaking as an Occupation for Women in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 1890-1920. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Sigma State (Wis.) Pi Chapter. Committee on Pioneer Women Educators in Racine. Report of Committee on Pioneer Women Educators in Racine, May 1958.

Denial, Catherine Jane. Wisconsin Women and the Law, 1820-1848. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996.

Dexheimer, Florence Chambers. Sketches of Wisconsin Pioneer Women. Fort Atkinson: W.D. Hoard & Sons, 1925. Available at in the Wisconsin Electronic Reader.

Dombeck, J.M. The Women’s Coalition of Milwaukee, 1972-1987: Feminist Activism at the Local Level. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987.

Dreamers and Doers, Women of Northeast Wisconsin. Green Bay, WI: American Association of University Women, Green Bay Area Branch; distributed by the Brown County Historical Society, 1994.
Celebrates the lives of historical and contemporary women in northeast Wisconsin. Excerpts in Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review 21, 2 (2005): 56-59 focuses on Native American women: Menominee-French Marinette Chevallier Farnsworth (1784-1865), Stockbridge-Munsee Electa Quinney (d. 1885), Mohawk Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill (1876-1952), and Oneida Josephine Hill Webster (1883-1978). One white woman, Juliette Magill Kinzie (1806-70), who wrote about her experiences at Fort Winnebago is also included in the article.

Engelmann, Ruth. Leaf House: Days of Remembering, a Memoir. New York: Harper & Row, 1982.
Reminiscences of a Finnish American settlement in northern Wisconsin during the 1920s and 1930s.

Ernst, Kathleen. “Common Courage: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier.” Wisconsin Woman 3, 11 (March 1990): 21-22.

Ernst, Kathleen. “Legendary Wisconsin Women.” Wisconsin Woman (March 1989): 43-46.
Illustrated article about Rosaline Peck, Cordelia Harvey, Olympia Brown, Frances Willard, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Mary Spellman, Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Golda Meir.

Fairbanks, Carol; Sundberg, Sara Brooks. Farm Women on the Prairie Frontier: a Sourcebook for Canada and the United States. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1983.
Index includes 8 citations to material on Wisconsin farm women.

Fenster, Valmai K. Out of the Stacks: Notable Wisconsin Women Librarians. Madison: Wisconsin Women Library Workers, 1985.

Fiorenza, Mary Elizabeth. “Midwifery and the Law in Illinois and Wisconsin, 1877-1917.” M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985.

Fiorenza, Mary Elizabeth and Michael Edmonds. Women’s History Resources at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (5th ed. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1997.
Detailed guide to locating and using material in the Library, Archives, and other branches of the Society.

“First Assemblywomen Elected to State Legislature in 1924.” Wisconsin Then and Now 25, 9 (April 1979): 2-3, 6.

Follet, Joyce Clark. Gender and Community: Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1835-1913. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991.

Foley, Betsy. Catholic Woman’s Club: 100 years, 1900-2000: Pioneers in Community Giving. Green Bay, WI: Catholic Woman’s Club, 2000.
History of the club in Green Bay.

Foley, Betsy. “The Women in Rufus Kellogg’s Life,” Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review 19, 1 (2002): 48-55, 57-59.
Women in the family of a Green Bay banker.

Gale, Zona. “What Women Won in Wisconsin.” Nation 115, 2981 (August 23, 1922): 184-185.

Geurink, Jean. The Rural Isolation Myth: Historical Changes in the Roles of Wisconsin Farm Women. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.

Gilpatrick, Kristin. Famous Wisconsin Film Stars. Oregon, WI: Badger Books, 2002.
Discusses the Wisconsin ties of Agnes Moorehead, Carole Landis, Colleen Dewhurst, Tyne Daly, Gena Rowlands, Carlotte Rae, Ellen Corby, and numerous male actors.

Gilson, Susan Ring. The New Woman in Wisconsin: Female Reformers of the Progressive Era. M.S. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1976.

Gjerde, Jon and McCants, Anne. “Individual Life Changes, 1850-1910: A Norwegian-American Example.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 30, 3 (1999): 377-405.
Studies the effects of gender, birth order, and distance from parents on the marital pattern of children in Norwegian American families during the time period. Girls left home earlier than boys. Older sons and daughters were more likely to marry, as were those who moved away.

Gouveia, Grace Mary. “‘We Also Serve:’ American Indians Women’s Role in World War II.” Michigan Historical Review 20, 2 (1994): 153-182.
Discusses Menominee women in Wisconsin as well as Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. The Menominee women worked during the War in a mill owned by the tribe and in lumber camps.

Grant, Marilyn. “The 1912 Suffrage Referendum: an Exercise in Political Action.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 64 (1980/81): 107-118.
Discusses both the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association, headed by Reverend Olympia Brown, and the Political Equality League, presided over by Ada James.

Graves, Lawrence L. The Wisconsin Suffrage Movement, 1846-1920. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1954.

Haegele, Mary. Those Wonderful Women of Wisconsin: a Tribute to Kewaunee County Women. Kewaunee, Wis. : Abacus Associates, 1999.

Hagen, Monys Ann. Norwegian Pioneer Women: Ethnicity on the Wisconsin Agricultural Frontier. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984.

Hague, Amy. Give Us a Little Time to Find Our Places: University of Wisconsin Alumnae, Classes 1875-1900. M.A. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983.

Hanousek, M. Eunice. New Assisi: The First Hundred Years of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1849-1949. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Co., 1948.

Hass, Paul H. “Sin in Wisconsin: the Teasdale Vice Committee of 1913.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 49 (1966): 138-151.

Hendrickson, Mark L. “Pioneer Newspaperwomen of Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Academy Review 42, 4 (Fall 1996): 15-20.
Discusses Emma Veeder (Janesville Signal), Susa Humes Sturtevant (Oshkosh Northwestern), Ada Markham (Independence News-Wave), and Elaine Stiles (The Kingston Spy), all active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Henke, Alice M. Branch Amid the Pines: Early Years of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of Mary, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, 1912-1921. Ladysmith: Sisters, Servants of Mary, 1983.

Her Own Words: Dane County Wisconsin Pioneer Women’s Diaries(video). Writer and producer Jocelyn Riley. Madison: 1986.
Photographs and words based on the diaries and personal narratives of five pioneer women who lived in or traveled through Dane County in the 1830s-1850s. The women: Sarah Hobbins, Juliette Kinzie, Elisabeth Koren, Rosalind Peck, and Linka Preus.

Herman, Kali. Women in Particular: an Index to American Women. Phoenix: Oryx, 1984.
Forty-four women are listed under “Wisconsin” in the geographical index to Women in Particular. Nineteenth century women include Mary Mortimer, founder of Milwaukee Female College, suffragist and peace advocate Jessie Annette Hooper, physician Almah J. Frisby, journalist Stella A. Gaines Fifield, and children’s author Rebecca Perley Reed.

Hinding, Andrea. Women’s History Sources: a Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York: Bowker, 1979 (2 v.).
Wisconsin entries are in volume 1, pp. 1061-1088.

Hoberg, Georgia et al. The Impact of Her Spirit. River Falls: Wisconsin Extension Homemakers Council, 1989.

Hochstein, Irma. Progressive Primer. Madison: Wisconsin Women’s Progressive Association, 1922.
Handbook written for newly enfranchised women.

Hoeveler, Diane Long. Milwaukee Women Yesterday. Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, 1979.

Hurn, Ethel Alice. Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States. Wisconsin History Commission, 1911. Digitized by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Jacob, Kathryn Allamong. “The Mosher Report.” American Heritage 32, 4 (1981): 56-64.
On a study of sexual habits of women at Stanford and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1890s.

Jamakaya. Like Our Sisters Before Us: Women of Wisconsin Labor. Milwaukee: Wisconsin Labor History Society, 1998.
Based on interviews conducted for the Women of Wisconsin Labor Oral History Project. Interviews were with Evelyn Donner Day, Alice Holz, Evelyn Gotzion, Catherine Conroy, Nellie Wilson, Doris Thom, Lee Schmelling, Helen Hensler, Joanne Bruch, and Florence Simons.

Janik, Erika. “Good Morning, Homemakers!” Wisconsin Magazine of History 90, 1 (2006-2007): 4-15.
On a program that aired on WHA, the University of Wisconsin radio station, starting in 1926, through 1965, when long-time host Aline Hazard retired and the show was renamed “Accent on Living.” See also “Dear Mrs. Hazard,” by Erika Janik, On Wisconsin, Spring 2007.

Jenson, Joan M. Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2006.

Jensen, Joan M. “The death of Rosa: Sexuality in Rural America,” Agricultural History 67 (Fall 1993): 1-12.
Examines the death of a Wisconsin farm woman due to a botched abortion.

Jensen, Joan M. “‘I’d Rather Be Dancing’: Wisconsin Women Moving On.”Frontiers 22, 1 (2001): 1-20.

Jensen, Joan M. “Sexuality on a Northern Frontier: the Gendering and Disciplining of Rural Wisconsin women, 1850-1920,” Agricultural History 73, 2 (Spring 1999): 136-167.

Johnson, Peter L. Daughters of Charity in Milwaukee, 1846-1946.Milwaukee: St. Mary’s Hospital, 1946.

Johnson, Virginia Feld. Women of the Plywood : the World War II years. Algoma, WI: V. Feld Johnson, 1998.
Women of the Algoma Plywood and Veneer Co.

Jupp, Gertrude B. “The Heritage of Milwaukee-Downer College: A Reaffirmation.” Milwaukee History 4, 2 (1981): 43-47.

Kanetzke, Howard. “Wisconsin Women.” Badger History 33, 1 (September 1979.)
Issue of this children’s magazine was devoted to women in Wisconsin history. Illustrated by Judy A. Patenaude. V. 22, 3 (1967) also featured Wisconsin women.

Kehoe, Alice B. “Recognizing Both the Carol Masons.” Wisconsin Archeologist 82, 1-2 (2001): 3-6.
On two archeologists who worked in the Fox River Valley, Carol Irwin Mason and Carol L. Mason.

Kehoe, Karen. “Not a moment for Delay”: Benevolence in Wisconsin During the Civil War Era. Ph.D. diss., Marquette University, 2004.
On Cordelia Harvey of Madison and Henrietta Colt of Milwaukee.

Kennedy, Kathleen. “Loyalty and Citizenship in the Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Woman’s Suffrage Association, 1917-1919.” Mid-America 76, 2 (1994): 109-131.
The group supported war efforts to defeat Germany during WWI.

Kidwell, Clara Sue. “Power of Women in Three American Indian Societies.” Journal of Ethnic Studies 6, 3 (1978): 113-121.

Kieckhefer, Grace Norton. “Milwaukee-Downer Rediscovers Its Past.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 34 (1950/51): 210-214 and 241-2.

Kittell, M. Teresita. Refining His Silver: Pioneer Days of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1866-1911. Manitowoc: Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, 1979.

Kleinman, Lynne H. Milwaukee-Downer College: A Study in the History of Women and the History of Higher Education in America, 1851-1964. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1991.

Kleinman, Lynne H. “Writing Our Own History: a Class in Archival Sources,”Feminist Collections 16, 3 (1995): 16-18.
Describes archival projects completed by students in a class Kleinman taught in Wisconsin women’s history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Kliebard, Herbert M. “The Feminization of Teaching on the American Frontier: Keeping School in Otsego, Wisconsin, 1867-1880,” Journal of Curriculum Studies 27 (September/October 1995):545-61.
Women teachers received lower salaries than men teachers.

Kluender, Kala R., guest curator. With Wisconsin Women; Midwives in the Badger State Late 1800s to the Present (online exhibit), based on an exhibit mounted in the Historical Reading Room of Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 23 to July 31, 2007.

Kohler, M. Hortense. Rooted in Hope: The Story of the Dominican Sisters of Racine, Wisconsin. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Co., 1962.
One hundred years of history.

Kohler, Ruth Miriam DeYoung. The Story of Wisconsin Women. Kohler: Committee on Wisconsin Women for the 1948 Wisconsin Centennial, 1948.

Kort, Ellen. A Voice of Her Own : Wisconsin Women and Their Quilts. Nashville, Tenn.: Rutledge Hill ; St. Albans: Verulam, 2000.

Krouse, Susan Applegate. “What Came Out of the Takeovers: Women’s Activism and the Indian Community School of Milwaukee.”American Indian Quarterly 27, 3-4 (2003): 533-547.
Discusses the women’s goals in taking over a Coast Guard Station in Milwaukee in 1971 in support of the American Indian Movement (AIM).

Krueger, Lillian. Motherhood on the Wisconsin Frontier. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1951.

Krueger, Lillian. “Social Life in Wisconsin: From Pre-territorial Days to the Mid-Sixties.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 22 (1938/39): 156-77, 312-28, and 396-426.

Kursch, Daisy. “The Milwaukee-Downer College Spirit.” Milwaukee History 9, 4 (1986): 98-102.
Alumnae remembrances of the women’s college.

Laberge, Marie Anne. ‘Seeking a Place to Stand:’ Political Power and Activism Among Wisconsin Women, 1945-1963. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995.
Demonstrates that women were politically active and central to the political debates of the era.

Laberge, Marie Anne. Working Together or Working Apart: Socialist Women in the Wisconsin Suffrage Movement, 1910-1920. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986.

Ladies Union League Papers, 1862-1864. Papers related to a woman’s organization in Madison, Wis., that handled claims for money for Wisconsin soldiers and their families, donated food to hospitals for the sick, and corresponded with wounded soldiers during the Civil War; consisting of letters from hospitalized soldiers and others. Digitized by University of Wisconsin Digital Collections as part of the Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience Collection.

Lamek, Perry M. “The Queens of Racine: The Girls of Swat,” Wisconsin Trails Magazine July-August 2003.
On one of the teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Lamoreaux, Jeanne D. (ed.) “Wisconsin Women.” The Wisconsin Alumnus 45, 8 (May 1944): 4-7.
On notable graduates of the University of Wisconsin.

Langbaum, Samantha. The Paradox of Aspiration and the Making of a Law: the Wisconsin Equal Rights Act of 1921. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992.

Langill, Ellen. Waukesha Service Club: a History 1930-2005. Waukesha, WI: The Club, 2005.

Larson, Bradley G. “Service in Skirts.” Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review 21, 1 (2004): 24-28.
Excerpt from author’s Voices of History, 1941-45, about northeastern Wisconsin women in the military during World War II.

Larson, Margaret. For the Common Good : a History of Women’s Roles in La Crosse County, 1920-1980. La Crosse, WI: League of Women Voters of La Crosse County : League of Women Voters Education Fund, 1996.
Based on oral histories.

Loew, Patty. “The Back of the Homefront: Black and American Indian Women in Wisconsin During World War II.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 82, 2 (1998): 83-103.
Women quoted include the author’s mother, Alice DeNomie Loew, and aunt, Mary Jane Aynes Kahl, both Ojibwes, and Marge Pascale, Frances Reneau, Nellie Wilson, May Caire, and Rubie Bond. Based on interviews conducted by the author (with her mother and aunt) and oral histories in the Wisconsin Women During World War II Oral History Project, 1992-1994, sponsored by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Lorimer, Margaret. Ordinary Sisters : the Story of the Sisters of St. Agnes, 1858-1990. Fond du Lac, WI: Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, 2007.

Lueders Bolwerk, Carol A. Dairy Farm Women in Wisconsin : the Changing Nature of Their Work, Roles, and Choices over Three Generation, Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999.

Lundburg, Emma O. “Women in the University of Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Alumni Magazine 9 (April 1908): 263-269.

Mack, Maureen D. Women of Madeline Island. Friendship, WI: New Past Press, 2006. (48p.)
On Ozhahguscodaywayquay (Susan) Johnston, 1772-18; Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, 1800-1; Emma Mansel Russell Johnson, 1872-197; and Agnes Windt Cadotte, 1903-1980.

Marston, Brenda. We Want Our Vote to Count: Women’s Peace Activism, 1914-1934. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985.
On the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and its Wisconsin chapter in particular.

Masino, Susan. Famous Wisconsin Musicians. Oregon, WI: Badger Books, 2003.
Discusses the Wisconsin ties of Tracy Nelson, Ruby Starr, Hildegarde, the Cordettes, Jane Wiedlin, and numerous male musicians.

McBride, Elizabeth. “Juliette Kinzie Slept Here,” Wisconsin Trails Magazine (March-April 2000).
On several of the interesting women who contributed to the history of Wisconsin.

McBride, Genevieve G. On Wisconsin Women: Working for Their Rights from Settlement to Suffrage. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993.
Read an excerpt from the first chapter in the Wisconsin Magazine of History 89, no. 2 (Winter 2005-2006): 12-15.
See also McBride’s Ph.D. diss. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989): No ‘Season of Silence’: Uses of Public Relations’ in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Reform Movements in Wisconsin for more information on the pre-1866 suffrage period, especially from a communication perspective.

McBride, Genevieve G., ed. Women’s Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2005.
Contents: The first Wisconsin women — Women on the Wisconsin frontier, 1836-1848 — Statehood and the status of women, 1848-1868 — Poverty and progress for women in Wisconsin, 1868-1888 — Organized women, 1888-1910 — “Forward” women in Wisconsin, 1910-1930 — Women at war, 1930-1950 — Never done: Women’s work from the Wisconsin Centennial into the new millennium.
Except for the last section, this volume reprints articles and excerpts from the Wisconsin Magazine of History, all introduced by McBride. The last section is a new essay by McBride.

Miller, Midge Leeper. “Wisconsin’s Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment,” n.d. (Note: No longer available on the Wisconsin Women’s Network website.)

Mink, Nicolaas. “Cooking in the Countryside: The Rural Reform of Taste and the Wisconsin Farmers’ Institute’s Cooking Schools.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 92, 2 (2008): 2-13.
Led to women participants taking part in social reforms.

Mitchell, Bonnie. “League of Women Voters Marks 50 Years.” Wisconsin Then and Now 16, 2 (1969): 1-3.
The League was founded by two women with Wisconsin ties: Carrie Chapman Catt (born in Wisconsin but spent most of her life elsewhere) and Jessie Jack Hooper.

Moore, Alta Edna. The History of the Woman Suffrage Campaign in the State of Wisconsin. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1940.

“More Than Four Hundred Women Hold Municipal Office in Wisconsin.” American City 31 (August 1924): 155.

Morgan, Thomas J. and Nitz, James R. “Our Forgotten World Champions: the 1944 Milwaukee Chicks.” Milwaukee History 18, 4 (1995): 30-45.
The Chicks won the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1944.

Morris, Mary Ellen J. Sketches from Memory. Resada, CA: Hungerford Press, 1942.
Of southwestern Wisconsin.

Mouser, Bruce. “Lots of Women’s History Out There, If You Are Willing To Look For It: Black Women in La Crosse.” Feminist Collections 7, 2 (Winter 1986): 4-9.
Research conducted using census information, church and local government records.

Mowry, Duane. “Women As School Officers.” Arena 24 (August 1900): 198-206.

Murphy, Lucy Eldersveld. Economy, Race, and Gender Along the Fox-Wisconsin and Rock Riverways, 1737-1832. Ph.D. diss., Northern Illinois University, 1995.
Examines the sexual division of labor and trade relations of the Indian villages along the waterways.

Neth, Mary. “Gender and the Family Labor System: Defining Work in the Rural Midwest.” Journal of Social History 27, 3 (1994): 563-577.
Explores the sexual division of labor and the value of women’s work on German and Norwegian immigrant farms in Wisconsin, Iowa, and North Dakota.

Neth, Mary. Preserving the Family Farm: Women, Community, and the Foundations of Agribusiness in the Midwest, 1900-1940. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Obenauer, Marie Louise. Employment of Women in Power Laundries in Milwaukee, A Study of Working Conditions and of the Physical Demands of the Various Laundry Occupations (Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, no. 122. Women in Industry Series, no. 3). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1913. Was digitized in the “Women Working, 1800-1930” project, Harvard University Library.

Oberdeck, Kathryn J. “Class, Place, and Gender: Contested Industrial and Domestic Space in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA, 1920-1960,” Gender & History 13, 1 (2001): 97-137.
Kohler company workers’ wives played a comparatively lesser role in a strike activities there than they did in other strikes during the era.

Odrcic, Liana J. Reading Our Lives: Collective Reading and Cultural Work in 19th- and 20th-Century Wisconsin Women’s Book Clubs. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008.
From the abstract: “…demonstrates how Wisconsin women used collective literacy practices in the semi-public domains of their clubs to meet not only the civic needs of their communities and the nation at large but also their own gender-specific needs as turn-of-the-century women…. While existing qualitative studies of women’s book clubs have argued that book club practices serve significant social, intellectual, and affective purposes in contemporary women’s lives, these studies invariably return to a characterization of women’s book clubs as being primarily focused on the selection, reading, and discussion of literary texts. This project argues instead that women’s book clubs are primarily focused on the lives of the women members themselves in relation to the books they choose to read and interpret together and that, moreover, this is where the cultural work of contemporary women’s book club reading resides.”

Ogren, Christine A. “Where Coeds Were Coeducated: Normal Schools in Wisconsin, 1870-1922.” History of Education Quarterly 35, 1 (Spring 1995): 1-26.
In contrast to the segregated experience for women students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, those at the normal schools had many more shared experiences both in the classrooms and in activities.

Olin, Helen Maria Remington. The Women of a State University: An Illustration of the Working of Coeducation in the Middle West. New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1909. Was digitized in “Women Working, 1800-1930,” at Harvard University Libraries.
On the University of Wisconsin. For a contemporaneous take, see Anderson, William J. “The Women of State University.Wisconsin Alumni Magazine 11, 2 (Nov. 1909): 53-55.

O’Rourke, Alice. Let Us Set Out: Sinsinawa Dominicans, 1949-1985. Sinsinawa: Mazzuchelli Guild, 1986.
History of the Order in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Ortlepp, Anke. Auf denn, ihr Schwestern! : deutschamerikanische Frauenvereine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1844-1914. Stuttgart: F. Steiner, 2004; and article in English: “German American Women’s Clubs: Constructing Women’s Roles and Ethnic Identity.” Amerikastudien [Germany] 48, 3 (2003): 425-442.
On German-American women’s clubs in Milwaukee.

Ouimette, Helen. Country Catalog of Memories: A Childhood on a German-American Farm in the Late 1920’s and Early 30’s. Edited by Lori Ouimette Evans. Neillsville: H.E. Ouimette, 1986.
On farm life in Manitowoc County.

Palmini, Cathleen. “Across the Unknown Waters to Wisconsin: the Migration Narratives of Four Women Settlers,”Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 88 (2000) :105-120. (Click on the article from the table of contents.)

Palmini, Cathleen, ed. “‘The Broad Lakes Roll Between Us’: Wisconsin Women’s Letters Home.” Inland Seas 59, 1 (2003): 46-57.
On Racheline S. Wood, Orpha Bushnell Ranney, Ann Chaney, and Annie R. Henderson who traveled across the Great Lakes to Wisconsin in the 19th cent.

Pardini, Priscilla. The Faye McBeath Foundation: A Story of Giving. Milwaukee, 1998.

Pardini, Priscilla. Women Making a Difference: American Association of University Women in Milwaukee, 1894-2012. Milwaukee: AAUW, American Association of University Women, Milwaukee Branch, 2012.

Pawley, Christine. “A ‘Bouncing Babe,’ a ‘Little Bastard:’ Women, Print and the Door-Kewaunee Regional Library, 1950-1952,” in Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, edited by James P. Danky and Wayne A. Wiegand, (Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 2006). This essay starts on page 208. See also Pawley, Christine. “Women, Print, and Domesticity,” in her Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 20.

Pazdera, Terri, ed. The Living History of Luther Manor, 1981.
Reminiscences of residents at the Luther Manor, who were interviewed by freshmen and sophomores at the University of Wisconsin’s Marinette County campus, covering topics that include farm life and other occupations and women’s lives from the late 1800s to 1981, the Depression of the 1930s, and World War I.

Pederson, Jane Marie. Between Memory and Reality: Family and Community in Rural Wisconsin, 1870-1970. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.

Perri, Colleen. Entrepreneurial Women. Kenosha: Possibilities Publishing, 1987.
About women-owned businesses in Kenosha.

Philpott, Carrie E. “Sí yo, yo cuento”: Latinas making space and enacting community for social and political rights in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. M.A. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012.

Phillips, Dennis H. “Women in Nineteenth Century Wisconsin Medicine.” Wisconsin Medical Journal 71 (November 1972): 13-18.

A Photo History of the National Weather Service in Green Bay (photographs of women employed by the NWS during World War II): [noted no longer online, 8/2008]

Pienkos, Angela T. A Brief History of Polanki, Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee, 1953-1973. Milwaukee: Franklin Press, 1973.

Pioneers in the Law: the First 150 women. Madison, Wis.: State Bar of Wisconsin, Pioneers in the Law Committee, [1998] (80p. book, plus video by the same name).

Plier, Virginia. Miracles and Memories, from the Model T to the Internet. Green Bay: Alt Publishing Co., 1997.
On life in Wauwatosa.

Putnam, Mabel R. Winning of the First Bill of Rights for American Women. Milwaukee: F. Putnam, 1924.
On the Wisconsin women’s Bill of Rights, passed in 1921.

“Radio Revolution: Women Speak to Women about their Lives, 1930s-1960s,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 90, no. 1 (2006-2007): 2-3.
This is an introduction to two articles listed under their authors, Erika Janik’s “Good morning, homemakers!” and Nancy C. Unger’s “The We Say What We Think Club,”both separately indexed by author in this bibliography.

Radcliffe, Irene and Robinson, Eleanor. History of Fauver Hill Study Club, Formerly Campbell Library Association. La Crosse, WI [?]: Doris Bowes and Judy Rockwood, 2001. [48p.]

Ragatz, Tom, et. al. “Women Lawyers in Dane County,” in Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County: A History of the Practice of Law in the Madison Area. Madison: Dane County Bar Association History & Memorials Committee, 2012.

Rank, Kathryn Marie Gilbert. Women and Prohibition in Milwaukee. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1978.

Ranney, Joseph A. “The History of Wisconsin’s Women’s Rights Law. Part 1: Wisconsin Women and the Law, 1846-1920; Part 2: Wisconsin Women and the Law Since 1920” from Wisconsin Lawyer.

Raymond, Tamara. “Search for Equality in Wisconsin.” Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters 70 (1982): 126-34.
On the passage of the Wisconsin’s Equal Rights Law in 1921.

Rice, Mary Kellogg. Useful Work for Unskilled Women: a Unique Milwaukee WPA Project. Milwaukee, Wis.: Milwaukee County Historical Society, 2003.

Riley, Jocelyn, comp. Her Mother Before Her: Winnebago Women’s Stories of Their Mothers & Grandmothers: A Resource Guide. Madison: Jocelyn Riley, 1995.

Riley, Jocelyn, comp. Winnebago Women: Songs & Stories: A Resource Guide. Madison: Jocelyn Riley, 1995.

Ripp-Shucha, Bonnie. “‘This Naughty, Naught City’: Prostitution in Eau Claire From the Frontier to the Progressive Era.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 81, 1 (Autumn 1997): 31-54.

The Road She Travelled: Honoring Women Who Make a Difference. La Crosse: Longfellow Middle School, 2006-2010.
Project by students in the 7th grade classes at Longfellow Middle School in La Crosse in conjunction with the La Crosse League of Women Voters. The students interviewed women who have positively impacted the La Crosse community and created docudramas to share their stories. Site includes a directory of the individuals.

Roberts, James P. Famous Wisconsin Authors. Oregon, WI: Badger Books, Inc., 2002.
Includes Zona Gale, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Edna Ferber, Mountain Wolf Woman, Margery Latimer, Marya Zaturenska, Lorine Neidecker, Edna Meudt, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jane Hamilton, Lorrie Moore, Kelly Cherry, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, plus numerous male authors.

Rock, Cynthia Kickham. The History of Abortion in Nineteenth-Century Wisconsin. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992.

Rogowski, Gini and Juene Nowak Wussow. “Milwaukee W.P.A. Dolls.” Lore Magazine (Milwaukee Public Museum), 1996.
Works Progress Administration handicraft work by women.

Rumpf, Eva Augustin. “The Vote & Nothing But the Vote.” Wisconsin Woman 4, 5 (August 1990): 6-7, 32.

Saler, Bethel. Negotiating the Treaty Economy: Race, Gender, and the Transformation From an Indian to a White Territory in Northeastern Wisconsin, 1824-1852. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992, and Negotiating the Treaty Polity: Gender, race and the Transformation of Wisconsin from Indian Country Into an American State, 1776-1854. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999.

Savagian, John. “Women at Ceresco.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 83, 4 (2000): 258-280.
Ceresco was a utopian community adjoining Ripon based on the philosophy of Chares Fournier. It lasted from 1844-1850. According to Savagian, women’s roles were no less confining than in the mainstream society at that time, i.e., they were chiefly in the domestic sphere, although they did own stock in their own names in Wisconsin Phalanx, the company that created Ceresco.

Schulz, Dorothy Moses and Steven M. Houghton. “Married to the Job: Wisconsin Women Sheriffs.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 86, 3 (2003): 22-37.

Schwalm, Leslie A. The Antislavery and Reform Activities of Women in Wisconsin. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984.

Search, Mabel. “Women’s Rights in Wisconsin.” Marquette Law Review 6 (1922): 164-169.

Seitz, Jody Lee. Gender and Dairying in Wisconsin: A Study of Evaluation of Labor on Two Nineteenth Century Farms. M.S. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989.

Shafer, Mary A. Wisconsin: The Way We Were, 1845-1945. Minoqua, WI: Heartland Press, 1993.
Includes vignettes of Edna Ferber, Zona Gale, Jessie Jack Hooper, Belle Case La Follette, Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, and Laura Ingalls Wilder and many photographs of Wisconsin women.

Sherr, Lynn and Jurate Kazickas. The American Woman’s Gazetteer. New York: Bantam Books, 1976.
Sourcebook of places and events in women’s history. Wisconsin section, pp. 247-252.

Skrivseth, Marilyn. The Evolution of the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1971 to 1993 as Experienced by the Primary Women’s Athletics Administrators. Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1995.

Speltz,Mark. “An Interest in Health and Happiness as Yet Untold: The Woman’s Club of Madison, 1893–1917.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 89, no. 3 (Spring 2006): 2-15.

Spindler, Louise S. Menomini Women and Culture Change. American Anthropological Association Memoir 91. Issued as the American anthropologist [new ser.] v.64, no.1, pt.2, Feb. 1962. Menasha: American Anthropological Association, 1962.

Stachewicz, Ann N. From “Disorderly Women” to “Little Girls”: Gender, Class and Conflict in the Allis-Chalmers Strike of 1946-1947. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006.

Stamp, Mark A. Wisconsin’s Marriage and Divorce Laws: A Historical Perspective. M.M.L. thesis, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1983.

Steinschneider, Janice. An Improved Woman : the Wisconsin Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1895-1920. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson Pub., 1994.

Step By Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977 (video). Producers Joyce Follet and Marilyn Orner in association with Wisconsin Public Television. Madison: 1998. Distributed by Women Make Movies, New York.
Traces the gradual emergence of contemporary feminism during the time period through the life stories of eight women from Wisconsin and near-by states. Wisconsin women interviewed are Gene Boyer, Sr. Austin Doherty, Mary Eastwood, Dorothy Haener, Mary Lou Munts, Doris Thom, and Addie Wyatt. The work of Kathryn Clarenbach, who passed away before the video was made, is cited.

Stephens, Carolyn King. Downer Women, 1851-2001: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Charter of Milwaukee National Institute and High School. Milwaukee: Sea King Publications, 2003. Illustrated by Judith King Peterson.

Stevens, Michael E., ed., and Ellen D. Goldlust, assistant ed. Women Remember the War, 1941-1945. Madison: Center for Documentary History, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1993.
Based on oral history interviews with Wisconsin women.

Stout, Claude D. “The Legal Status of Women in Wisconsin.” Marquette Law Review. Part I: V. 14, no. 2 (February 1930): 66-80; Part II: V. 14, no. 3 (April 1930): 121-69; Part 3, V.14, no. 4 (June 1930): 199-211.

Struna, Nancy and Mary L. Remley. “Physical Education for Women at the University of Wisconsin, 1863-1913: A Half Century of Progress.” Canadian Journal of the History of Sport and Physical Education 4, 1 (1973): 8-26.

Swoboda, Marian J.; Roberts, Audrey J., editors. University Women: a Series of Essays. Madison: University of Wisconsin System Office of Women, 1980, and 1993. 4. v.
All four volumes have been digitized by the University of Wisconsin Libraries:
V. 1: They Came to Teach, They Came to Stay; V. 2: Wisconsin Women, Graduate School, and the Professions; and V. 3: Women Emerge in the Seventies. V. 4: Women of Campus in the Eighties: Old Struggles, New Victories, edited by Marian J. Swoboda, Audrey J. Roberts, and Jennifer Hirsch. Madison: University of Wisconsin System Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Policy Studies, 1993.

Talbot, George. At Home, Domestic Life in the Post-Centennial Era, 1876-1920. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1976.
Exhibition catalog.

Talsky, Mary Thereasa. The Women of WISSA: History of Interscholastic Girls’ Athletics in the Private and Parochial Secondary Schools of Wisconsin. M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999.

Thayer, Earl R. “Wisconsin’s Pioneering Women Physicians,” Wisconsin Academy Review 51, 2 (Spring 2005): 51-62.

Thomann, Beverly M. When a Woman Wills: a Narrative History of Ripon, Wisconsin Women. Ripon: American Association of University Women, Ripon Branch, 1981 (138 p.)

Tinling, Marion. Women Remembered: A Guide to Landmarks of Women’s History in the United States. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.
The Wisconsin section, pp. 558-571, covers houses, monuments, sites associated with events, and places named for women throughout the state.

Tomin, Barbara and Carol Burgoa. Multicultural Women’s History: Curriculum Unit For the Elementary Grades. Windsor, CA: National Women’s History Project, 1986.
Includes material on Ada Deer and Frances Willard.

Tonge, Grace. Ten Dynamic Women. Madison: School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1984?
Stories and photographs of older women from Madison area: Jane Farwell, Gilma Gruen, Velma Hamilton, Helen Stick, Marie Boneff, Guniel Holt, Helen Larson, May Reynolds, Louise Lawton, and Verena Northey.

Transforming Women’s Education : the History of Women’s Studies in the University of Wisconsin System. Madison, WI: Office of University Publications for the University of Wisconsin System, Women’s Studies Consortium, 1999.

Trilling, Blanche Mathilde. History of Physical Education for Women at the University of Wisconsin, 1889-1913 (Madison: University of Wisconsin, no date) and History of Physical Education for Women at the University of Wisconsin, 1898-1946 (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1951)

Tuttle, Liza. A Club of Their Own: 125 Years of the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, Wis.: Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 2000.

Unger, Nancy C. “The We Say What We Think Club,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 90, 1 (2006-2007): 16-27.
A talk radio program on WIBA, Madison, from 1937-1957.

Unger, Nancy C. “Women for a Peaceful Christmas: Wisconsin Homemakers Seek to Remake American Culture,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 93, 2 (2009-2010): 2-15.
About a group of 16 Madison women who organized in 1971 to promote peace and to challenge Americans to consider the links between consumerism, public policy, and natural resources.

Vecchio, Diane. “Connecting Spheres: Women, Work, and Family Life in Milwaukee’s Italian Third Ward,” Italian Americana, Spring 1994.

Vecchio, Diane. Merchants, Midwives, and Laboring Women: Italian Migrants in Urban America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
On the work experiences of Italian immigrant women and their daughters in Milwaukee (and Endicott, New York) at the turn of the twentieth century.

Velie, Meredithe Ann. Hierarchy and Web: A Study of Urban School Reform, Gender, and Cognitive Style in Milwaukee, 1890-1920. Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992.
Examines the life histories of three Milwaukee educational reformers during the Progressive Era: Meta Berger, Lizzie Kander, and Dorothy Enderis.

Vosko, Leah F. and Witwer, David, “Not a Man’s Union: Women Teamsters in the United States During the 1940s and 1950s,” Journal of Women’s History 13, 3 (2001): 169-192.
Experiences of women members of Local 695, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, in Watertown, Wisconsin.

Voss, Kimberly Wilmot and Lance Speere. “Way Past Deadline: the Women’s Fight to Integrate the Milwaukee Press Club.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 92, 1 (2008): 28-43.

We Were Here: Contributions of Rock County Women. Janesville: American Association of University Women, Janesville Branch, 1975. (32 p.)

Weatherford, Doris, ed. “Wisconsin,” A History of Women in the United States: State-by-State Reference. Danbury, CT: Grolier, 2004. (4 v.) Vol. 4: 229-255.
Summarizes Wisconsin women’s history from prehistory and white exploration through the present. Contains short biographies of several prominent Wisconsin women (Mathilde Franziska Giesler Anneke, Tammy Baldwin, Olympia Brown, Catherine Taft Clark, Nancy Dickerson, Zona Gale, Margaret Newell H’Doubler, Lorena Alice Hickok, Jessie Annette Jack Houper, Lizzie Black Kander, Louise Phelps Kellogg, Belle Case La Follette, Helen Parkhurst,Vel R. Phillips, and Ellen Clara Sabin), descriptions of prominent sites, and a bibliography.

Weisberger, Bernard A. “Changes and Choices: Two and a Half Generations of La Follette Women.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 76, 4 (Summer 1993): 248-270.
On Belle, Isabel (“Isen”), Fola, and Mary La Follette.

Welch, Maureen. Wisconsin Women Writers of Adult Fiction and Poetry 1962-1992 (bibliography). Madison: University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office, 1992 (21 p.) Published in the series “Wisconsin Bibliographies in Women’s Studies.” Available at:
In addition to biographical information on the women writers, there is a three-page list of biographical and literary sources used in compiling the bibliography.

White, Sarah. Madison Women Remember: Growing Up in Wisconsin’s Capital. Chicago: Arcadia, 2006.
Remembrances of Anne Stassi Bruno, Donna Laplley Fisker, Berverly Mickelson Fosdal, Ruby Helleckson Hubbard, Margaret Brink Ingraham, Winifred Lottes Lacy, Jackie Gregory Mackesey, Rosemary McGilligan McDermott, Anita Daitch Parks, Helen Blazek Richter, Regina Rhyne, and Susan Schmitz.

Williams, Nancy Greenwood. First Ladies of Wisconsin: the Governors’ Wives. Kalamazoo, MI: 1991.

Wisconsin. Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Real Women, Real Lives: Marriage, Divorce, Widowhood. Madison : The Commission, 1979.
Contains the life stories of women from a variety of backgrounds struggling to cope with divorce, child custody, etc., under the tax system and marital property laws then in force in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Electronic Reader includes:

Wisconsin Historical Society. Women’s Auxiliary. Famous Wisconsin Women. Madison: 1971-6.
Series of six illustrated pamphlets from exhibits at the State Historical Society.

Wisconsin Historical Society. Women’s History in Wisconsin.
Links to original documents, pictures, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources available online, about the history of the suffrage campaign in Wisconsin, and other topics.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum. “‘This is my war too!’ Women in the Military The Women’s Army Corps” was an online exhibit [noted no longer online, 8/2008.]

Wisconsin Women: a Gifted Heritage. Goggin, Jeannine; Manske, Patricia Alland, project directors; Bletzinger, Andrea; Short, Anne editors. Madison?: American Association of University Women, Wisconsin State Division, 1982.
Illustrated biographies of many important historical and contemporary women.

Wisconsin Women: Celebrating Their Contributions, an oral history project of D.C. Everest School District students and staff. Weston: 2011.
90 oral histories; 606 pages.

Wisconsin Women for Agriculture: 1973-1998, 25 Years of Service: Information, Deliberation, Action. Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, 1998 (59 leaves).

Wisconsin Women On Parade: Celebrating Wisconsin Women. Madison: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1986 (Bulletin no. 6333, 12 p.).
Includes descriptions of suffrage leader Olympia Brown, farmer Christine Kumlein, sculptor Helen Farnsworth Mears, and Dr. Kate Newcomb.

Wisconsin Women’s Council. “Distinguished Wisconsin Women.”
The complete text of a 1998 resolution made by the Wisconsin State Assembly honoring Wisconsin women, with links to biographical information about each woman mentioned.

Wisconsin Women’s Network. “Chronology of Recent Highlights of Wisconsin’s Women’s Movement,” by Kathryn Clarenbach. Chronology from 1977 – 2000, by Marian Thompson and Constance Threinen. Note: The History section of the Network’s website once included links to “Wisconsin Women and the National Plan of Action” resolutions adopted in 1977 at the Wisconsin State Meeting and the first National Women’s Conference in Houston, and “Wisconsin’s Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment”; these are no longer available.

Woman’s Suffrage Movement Turning Points in Wisconsin History, #32, Wisconsin Historical Society.
Primary source documents: articles, books, pictures.

“Women at the Bar in the 20th Century.” Wisconsin Law Magazine.

Women in the Law. Milwaukee: Daily Reporter Pub. Co., 2009. “A special publication of Wisconsin Law Journal.”

Women Who Forged the Way, produced by the Organization for Campus Women. La Crosse, WI:
Educational Television Center, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1993 (video).
Focuses on women who influenced the development of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Writing on the Lakes, producer Jocelyn Riley. Madison: Jocelyn Riley Productions, 1998 (video).
Uses stills and songs to depict the thoughts of a woman traveling to Wisconsin in 1948.

Youmans, Theodora Winton. “How Wisconsin Women Won the Ballot.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 5 (1921/2): 3-32. In the Wisconsin Electronic Reader.
Youmans provides a memoir of the 1912 campaign for woman suffrage in Wisconsin (the referendum lost 227,000 to 135,000) and events through enfranchisement. She also reviews the earlier efforts from 1849 on. For further information on Youmans and on the 1912 campaign, see “Theodora Winton Youmans and the Wisconsin Woman Movement,” by Genevieve McBride in Wisconsin Magazine of History 71, 4 (1988): 243-275 and “The 1912 Suffrage Referendum: An Exercise in Political Action,” by Marilyn Grant in Wisconsin Magazine of History 64 (Winter 1980-81): 107-118. For Wisconsin suffrage pictures, see

Zarob, Virginia. Family in an Expanding Industrial Economy: Economic, Occupational, Social, and Residential Mobility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1860-1880. Ph.D. diss., Marquette University, 1976.

Zatopa, Patricia; DeNiro, Mary, editors. From Pioneer to Present, a tribute to Rhinelander Women: a Collection of Biographies. Rhinelander: Northwoods Chapter of the National Organization for Women, 1983 (32 p.).