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2019 HERstory Hall of Fame Inductees

2019
2019

Margaret Kirchner Stevenson

Margaret Kirchner Stevenson

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

2019

Hon. Lucile A. Watts

Hon. Lucile A. Watts

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

2019

Martha Baldwin

Martha Baldwin

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

2019

Gilda Z. Jacobs

Gilda Z. Jacobs

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

2019

Vernice Davis Anthony, BSN, MPH

Vernice Davis Anthony, BSN, MPH

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

2019

Dr. Terry Blackhawk

Dr. Terry Blackhawk

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

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