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Michigan women have shaped our todays and benefited our tomorrows. Explore their stories of perseverance, innovation and inspiration.
Hall of Fame Timeline
Originally from Ohio, Margaret Kirchner Stevenson(1920-1998) was one of the first women to fly US military aircraft, including the B17 Flying Fortress Bomber. While attending Youngstown College, Margaret and seven classmates bought an airplane and earned their private pilot’s licenses. She was one of 1,830 pilots out of the 25,000..Read More
Hon. Lucile A. Watts (1920-2018) was the first African American woman to serve on the Circuit Court in Michigan. Lucile grew up in Alliance, Ohio, then attended the University of Detroit and graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1962. Women were not typically hired by law firms at that..Read More
Martha Baldwin (1840-1913) was committed to education and worked diligently to improve her community. Martha became a teacher and educator in the Birmingham area after attending Kalamazoo Baptist College in the 1860s. She worked in the Detroit Public School system from 1872-1898 and eventually became principal at Norvell School, an..Read More
Gilda Z. Jacobs is the current President & CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, directing its policy-oriented research and advocacy work. After receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, Gilda worked with special needs students in the Madison Heights School District for 4 years. Her..Read More
Vernice Davis Anthony is a nationally known expert and leader in community health and health disparities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Vernice served as the City of Detroit Public Health Department..Read More
Dr. Terry Blackhawk is a nationally respected educator and founder of InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a nonprofit serving the needs of Detroit Public School children. Terry holds a B.A. in literature from Antioch College in Ohio and a Master’s in education from Wayne State University. In 1993, she received a..Read More
(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
(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.
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
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