2018 Theme and Honorees

The National Women’s History Project
is excited to announce the theme for
National Women’s History Month 2018:

Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women


The 2018 National Women’s History theme presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls.

From spearheading legislation against segregation to leading the reproductive justice movement, our 2018 honorees are dismantling the structural, cultural, and legal forms of discrimination that for too long have plagued American women.

2018 Women’s History Honorees

  • Susan Burton
    Ms. Burton is Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project. Her non-profit provides women ex-offenders a home and helps them stay drug-free, find work, and reunite with family. The organization has provided direct service to over 1,000 women. Ms. Burton was inspired to start the organization after serving multiple drug sentences and turning her life around.
  • Margaret Dunkle
    Ms. Dunkle played a key role in the implementation of Title IX, guaranteeing equal opportunity to women and girls in education. Her groundbreaking 1974 report documenting discrimination against female athletes became the blueprint for the Title IX regulations on athletics. In 1975 Ms. Dunkle became the first Chair of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education.
  • Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)
    Ms. Ferraro was a politician, three term Congresswoman (D N.Y. 1979-85), and first woman major party candidate for Vice President (1984). President Clinton appointed her U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights where she served from 1993-96. She also served as vice-chair of the U.S. delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995).
  • Roma Guy
    Guy is a leading LGBT and women’s rights activist. She co-founded multiple organizations including the Women’s Building, La Casa de las Madres, SF Women Against Rape, and the Women’s Foundation of California. Ms. Guy was one of the LGBT activists featured in the 2017 miniseries When We Rise. She is also an advocate for women’s access to health care.
  • Saru Jayaraman
    Jayaraman is Co-founder and Co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She is a leading advocate for restaurant workers, fighting for guaranteed sick and safe leave and an end the two-tiered minimum wage (a victory ROC has already won in 7 states).
  • Cristina Jiménez
    Jiménez is Executive Director and Co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. She was part of the team that led to the historic victory of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. In 2017 Jiménez was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Grant.”
  • Marty Langelan
    Langelan is a leader in the global effort to end gender-based violence and an expert in nonviolent action. Called the “godmother of direct intervention,” she pioneered feminist self-defense training, the direct-action toolkit to derail harassers at work and on the street, the first major city-wide anti-harassment campaign, and effective, comprehensive action for public transit systems. Her intervention toolkits are used around the world.
  • Pat Maginnis
    Maginnis is considered the first abortion rights activist in the U.S. She founded the Society for Humane Abortion in 1962 and the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (the predecessor to NARAL) in 1966. She and two colleagues (known as the Army of Three) illegally mailed kits and information to women seeking abortions. At age 89, Ms. Maginnis remains politically active.
  • Arlene Mayerson
    Mayerson is Directing Attorney of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF). She has been a leading force behind groundbreaking legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act. Ms. Mayerson has contributed to many key disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Jill Moss Greenberg
    Moss Greenberg is a lifelong feminist activist, committed to ending social and educational inequity. She served as National Director of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) where she spearheaded efforts to address intersecting forms of discrimination. Ms. Moss Greenberg also served as Founding Executive Director of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.
  • Pauli Murray (1910-1985)
    Murray was a groundbreaking women’s rights and civil rights activist and attorney. She coined the term “Jane Crow” articulating the combined sexism and racism faced by African American women. Ms. Murray served on the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and was a co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). In 1977 Murray became the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest and she was among the first group of women to become priests in that church.
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich (Kaaxal-gat) (1911-1958)
    Peratrovich was a civil rights activist on behalf of Alaska Natives. She was a leader in the Alaska Native Sisterhood and led the fight against the pervasive discrimination and segregation faced by her community. Ms. Peratrovich is credited as the leading force behind passage of the Alaska territory’s Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945, the first such law in the U.S.
  • Loretta Ross
    Ms. Ross is a feminist activist and leader in the reproductive justice movement. She was the Co-founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education and Co-founder and National Coordinator for the Sister song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. In the 1970s, Ms. Ross was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center.
  • Angelica Salas
    Salas is Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and is a leading spokesperson for federal immigration policy reform. In C.A., she helped win in-state tuition for undocumented students and established day labor job centers that have become a national model. Ms. Salas is a coalition builder, connecting diverse groups at the state and national level.
  • Linda Spoonster Schwartz
    Ms. Schwartz is a Vietnam veteran and activist for the rights of women veterans, testifying more than 24 times to Congress on women veterans’ issues. She served as Connecticut’s Commissioner Commandant of Veterans Affairs and was appointed by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs for Policy and Planning.