Edith Vosburgh Alvord

(1875 – 1962) Edith Vosburgh Alvord devoted her life to others and left an enviable record of community service and influence as her legacy. Alvord, born in 1875 in Battle Creek, entered Olivet College in 1895, an unusual pursuit for a young woman in that era. She graduated four years..Read More

Yolanda Alvarado-Ortega

Yolanda Alvarado-Ortega’s life as a pathfinder began in 1969 when she was left with three children to raise by herself without financial support. She moved from Texas to Michigan and rapidly took up a role in community leadership. The early 70s were years of the young Civil Rights Movement, and..Read More

Virginia Allan

(1916 – 1999) Virginia Allan, a native of Wyandotte, Michigan, had a distinguished career as an educator, businesswoman, civic leader, and stateswoman. As an educator, she pioneered with Detroit’s Job Upgrading program to help dropouts return to school or find meaningful employment. After establishing four job centers, she was named..Read More

Mary Aikey

As the Executive Director of the Greater Lansing YWCA for over 20 years and a leader in the Women’s Rights Movement, Mary Aikey created opportunities for the empowerment of girls and women in Michigan. At the YWCA from 1971 to 1992, Aikey created human service-oriented programs to assist women at..Read More

Elizabeth Sparks Adams

(1911 – 2007) Elizabeth Sparks Adams was an outstanding leader and advocate of Michigan history. Born in Romeo, and later moved to Waterford Township, Adams’ contributions to the state of Michigan are unexcelled. She received her A.B. in History from Eastern Michigan University in 1934 and was awarded a State..Read More

Clara Stanton Jones

(1913-2012) First woman and first African American to serve as director of a major public library system in the United States.  In 1944, Clara accepted a position at the Detroit Public Library, and by her retirement, she had transformed libraries everywhere. With a focus on community, Clara worked to desegregate..Read More

Agatha Biddle

(1797-1873) Native American Chief, community leader, preserver of Native traditions, philanthropist, and businesswoman of the Mackinaw area during the nineteenth century. Under her leadership, the Treaty of Detroit was negotiated the 1855, which kept the Odawa Tribe in their homelands, restored some of their lost hunting and fishing rights, and obtained monetary compensation.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha MD, MPH

Founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, MI.  “Dr. Mona” was the champion in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading its recovery efforts.  Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Freedom of..Read More

Dr. Angela K. Wilson

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Recently served a rotation as the Division Director of the Division of Chemistry at the U.S. National Science Foundation, a role few women have held. Dr. Wilson is a prominent scholar in the fields of theoretical and computational chemistry..Read More

Honorable Kym L. Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor and leading force in the Detroit rape kit project, Enough SAID. In 1989, she became the first African-American chosen as Special Assignment Prosecutor. On January 6, 2004 Kym became Wayne County Prosecutor, the first African American and woman to hold this position.