Staff & Board Members

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   — Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist (1901 – 1978)


NATIONAL HISTORY PROJECT STAFF

Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Chair of the NWHP Board of Directors
Molly is a former high school social studies teacher who has worked for over 35 years in the field of gender equity and women’s history. MacGregor conducts women’s history workshops and women’s historic sites tours throughout the country. She also works with state and national agencies on strategies and programs to help acknowledge and recognize the historic contributions of women. Her work in the field of multicultural women’s history has been widely recognized including awards from the National Education Association, the US Department of Education, the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education Leadership. Molly is accessible via email at ednasmolly@aol.com

Vicki Dougan, Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant began her career as a high school English teacher in PA, and has a diverse background that includes writing newsletters, sales, promotional marketing and graphic design. For the past 14 years, she has worked closely with NWHP staff providing logo merchandise, designing the gazette and theme products, and developing brochures and related marketing materials. Vicki participated in the first Equality Day Parade in Sacramento, and is a NWHP Network Member. She is a member of Promotional Marketing Association of Northern CA, and provides consulting services to various organizations. Contact Vicki at vicki@salespromotionusa.com.

Leasa Graves, Coordinator for Women’s History Alliance, California 2020 Woman Suffrage Project  
Leasa Graves  is a classroom teacher with sixteen years of experience, freelance writer, and historical researcher. Her passion for history began during her middle school years when she experienced the power of knowing the past. Leasa believes that understanding our collective past is key to solving the numerous social justice issues that impact Americans today. As an undergraduate at Sonoma State University her work focused on post Civil War narratives and it was through this work that she recognized the ability to influence social advocacy through historical research. Earning her Master’s Degree in History from Arizona State University, Leasa provides support to the Executive Director, the development of  the Women’s History Alliance as well as assists with the collection and coordination of the National Women’s History Project Archival Project.


NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shyra Arrington is an entertainment consultant. She has been a fierce advocate and passionate activist for women’s rights for many years. She is the founder of “Sharing Knowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation”. a future Delegate Candidate for District 31 Democratic Party 2018. Co-creator of a documentary film honoring Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.,  Also, an original Charter Member of the Smithsonian NMAAH,The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington,DC.  

Shyra is a writer, photographer, and world traveler known for her love of culture and people of diverse backgrounds. For the past 21 years, she has worked as a telecommunications specialist at a Fortune 500 corporation. She is a member of many women organizations including a current Board Member for the NCBW “National Congress of Black Women” based in Washington, D.C. a life member of NAACP and the, American Cancer Society, A staunch supporter of women’s rights, she recently participated in The Women’s March on Washington, DC this past January. A proud mother of two daughters attending college, Shyra was educated in the field of Liberal Arts from Concordia University, Irvine, California, She is deeply committed to empowering women in political and social awareness by participation and shaping a powerful narrative for future generations to come. shypublicrelations@gmail.com

Robert P. J. Cooney (Advisory Board Liaison) is the author of “Winning the Vote,” a photographic history of the American woman suffrage movement. Director of the Woman Suffrage Media Project since 1993, he has spent years delving deep into the nation’s photographic archives and has also consulted on numerous documentary films, books, and special projects. Co-author with Helen Michalowski of “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States,” Bob designed and created several publications for the National Women’s History Project including posters, timeline display sets, and the popular 1995 gazette “Women Win the Vote,” which prompted national recognition of the 75th anniversary of women winning the ballot. Cooney’s work is in the tradition of American men who have supported women’s equality and independence and works to promote the idea that women’s accomplishments are an important part of American history.

Emily  Dieker first learned of the National Women’s History Project in college when she organized campus Women’s History Month celebrations her junior and senior years. She earned a BA in Women’s Studies from Wartburg College in 2006 and a MA in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University in 2009. Emily joined the NWHP team in Fall 2012 and works closely with the Executive Director on preparing materials for Women’s History Month and long-term strategic planning. In addition to her deep love of women’s history, Emily also enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing clarinet in a community band. Emily can be reached atemdieker@gmail.com.  

Carah Helwig is a licensed attorney with almost a decade of state and federal prosecutorial experience. Now looking to transition back to her activist roots, she has a twenty-year history of dedication to women’s reproductive freedom, gender equity, diversity and inclusion, progressive politics, and public service. She is a proud member of the American Constitution Society and the ACLU, and loves baseball, The Simpsons, and irreverent humor. When she’s not cultivating her home library (there’s no such thing as too many books), she’s coordinating and networking on social media with kindred souls or doing her best to fulfill her role as World’s Okayest Mom. She is a loyal alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (history and political science) and the University of Notre Dame Law School. During the past two years she has taken a break from practicing law to fuel her activist spirit as the Digital Communications Organizer for the San Antonio Alliance, a local Texas union. She also writes epic genre-crossing romance (under a pen name, of course!), and remains fascinated by the history and powerful feminist spirit of the romance community. She, her husband, and their two obnoxiously adorable children live in San Antonio by way of Milwaukee. Contact her at carahhelwig@gmail.com.
 

Diana Carpenter Madoshi received a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from Sacramento State University. She is retired after more than 30 years in nursing. For more than 20 years she has volunteered as event coordinator and planner for nonprofit programs and organizations to promote forums and conferences on issues pertinent to women. Women suffrage history has been a passion for her. She credits countless undervalued women community leaders for stroking her fire, as well her mentor women rights activist Carol Norberg who co-chaired women Women’s Equality Day parades with her. The parades and rally were organized to remind women of the sacrifices women made to get them the right to vote. Friends and colleagues refer to Diana as a “go to person” to get things done. She was a founding member and co-chair of the 2011 California Women Suffrage Centennial Committee that promoted celebratory events across the state about California women winning the vote. During March Women History Month, Diana organizes and promotes programs that teach and inform the community about women history and achievements. Always, the advocate and activist, she serves on nonprofit boards like the League of Women Voters in her county and a few statewide boards. A loving mother of three and grandmother of six, she delights in reminding them that we all have a purpose and obligation to “plant seeds” for the next generation.

MollyMurphy MacGregor is President and Co-founder of the National Women’s History Project. She is a former high school social studies teacher who has worked for over 30 years in the field of gender equity and women’s history. MacGregor conducts women’s history workshops and women’s historic sites tours throughout the country. She also works with state and national agencies on strategies and programs to help acknowledge and recognize the historic contributions of women. Her work in the field of multicultural women’s history has been widely recognized including awards from the National Education Association, the US Department of Education, the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education Leadership.

Hilary McGraw is a writer and researcher who currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from DePaul University and her M.A. in Archaeology from the University of London, Birkbeck. In 2015, she served as the Director of Research for the Congressional Commission on the American Museum of Women’s History – where she was responsible for researching and writing the sections of the final congressional report relating to the potential future content, collection, and partnerships of the future museum.

Currently, she works as a content researcher and writer for a museum design firm, where she helps develop and implement narrative approaches to museum content for a variety of projects. She has been involved with the National Women’s History Project since 2014, primarily focusing on developing NWHP’s social media presence.

Patricia Ann Pierce retired from Vanderbilt University in 2007 after a career of almost thirty years as the Senior Director of the Opportunity Development Center (ODC). She was responsible for all University and Medical Center matters related to equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, regulations, and guidelines. She designed and conducted workshops for faculty and staff on a variety of topics related to equity and diversity, and she served as a fact finder and mediator of grievances filed by faculty, staff and students. She served on the Board of Commissioners of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and was elected three years as Board Chair. Currently she serves as a member of the Economic Council Foundation Board and Chairs the Scholarship Program, is a Board member of the Nashville Sports Council where she served on the Legacy Committee for the 2014 Women’s Final Four basketball tournament, and is Board member Emeritus for ATHENA International.

Ms. Pierce achieved outstanding success in the academic world and is recognized internationally as an advocate for diversity and equity. She has presented numerous programs on disability issues, gender issues, including sexual harassment, and cultural diversity for Nashville community organizations, and at regional, national, and international conferences. She has given her time to many organizations to help promote opportunities and advocate equity for women. She has served as a volunteer or member of thirty-four organizations, served as President or Vice President of nine organizations and served as a member of the Board of Directors of twenty organizations of which two are international organizations. She was a founding member of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rotary International Jean Harris Award, YWCA Academy of Women of Achievement, the Women in Higher Education in Tennessee June Anderson Award, the 2003 Nashville ATHENA Award, the 2006 Tennessee Economic Council’s Excellence & Equity Award, Tennessee State University’s 2008 Woman of Legend and Merit Award, and Nashville’s largest women’s organization CABLE prestigious Molly Todd Cup which is given to a woman who spends much of her life making the world a better place to live. She is a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Nashville, the Oxford University Roundtable, and is an inductee of the Tennessee International Women’s Forum. She was selected as one of Tennessee’s national delegates to participate in Vision 2020 Program at Drexel University. She has a BS degree from the University of Tennessee in 1973. She played basketball at UT in 1968 under Joan Cronan. She completed the Bryn Mawr University Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and the National Institute for Leadership Development at Arizona State. She was married to the late Jacky Goss and she resides in Harriman, TN. She and Jacky have two sons and four grandchildren. She lives in the home she and her late husband built in Harriman, TN.

Karen Price is a blogger and social media freelancer who lives in California. She grew up in the 70s in a home filled with books about important women in history, many purchased through NWHP. She writes mainly about women and girls with a focus on sharing the stories of bravery and inspiration, drawing both from history and current events. She came to her true love of writing the long way, after a career in print production and a degree in environmental studies.

When she joined the NWHP team in 2016, it was a natural fit and fulfilled a decade-long goal she set when she learned the NWHP was founded in her chosen hometown. She currently assists the Executive Director with email communication and draws on her experience in social media and design to manage the Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as creating slide shows and other miscellaneous projects for NWHP events.

Kimberly Salter, Ph.D. is an Organizational Psychologist and Marriage Family Therapist in partnership with Dr. Santiago Estrada (her husband) they co-founded Santiago Estrada & Associates (S.E.A.) an employee assistance and management resource company in 1983. Kimberly has given talks and presentations on Women’s ‘Herstory’ for the past 15 years.She is past president of the California National Organization for Women and currently sits on the board of USNC for UN Women, Southern California Chapter.  Dr. Salter has facilitated many conferences, locally, statewide and nationally. She was chair of the CA NOW State Conference in 1999; co-chair of “Girls 2000: Choices and Dreams” Orange County, CA; co-chair of the 2001 Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) National Conference “Embracing Diversity: A Feminist Odyssey”; co-chair V-Day Laguna Beach 2003 and 2004; and she has appeared as Eleanor Roosevelt in “Women Making a Difference”. Kimberly has traveled around the state and the United States as a speaker, workshop presenter, and forum facilitator on subjects ranging from psychological well-being and empowerment to women’s herstory and women’s rights. She has served on many boards locally and statewide over the past 25 years and is a member of almost every progressive and feminist organization that exists. Closest to her heart (along with her husband of 24 years) are her three grandsons.

Gloria Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a MPH degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She spent her early career as a consultant. This change allowed time for her to focus on her passion of advocating for the advancement of women and girls through her involvement in numerous women’s organizations. She has served on many Boards of Directors in the role of President, Vice President, etc. She is the immediate past co-president of the American Association of University women of California which has its mission of advancing equity for girls and women on the local, state and national levels. Gloria served as a co-chair of California’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial where she worked closely with the NWHP in the dissemination of information about California women’s role in the suffrage movement.

Martha Wheelock has been passionate about celebrating women artists, authors, and Women’s History in film since the mid-1970’s when Women’s Studies programs were just starting, and there were few films in this area. Her film subjects include writers May Sarton, Madeleine L’Engle, and Kate Chopin and Photographer,  Berenice Abbott. She has celebrated our foremothers in One Fine Day and Take the Power, and the story of the Federal Suffrage Amendment in VOTES FOR WOMEN. Martha has also been an English, Ethics and Women’s Studies high school and college teacher for  47 years, and is now retired from Harvard-Westlake School to make films full time. She feels there is no end to fascinating and powerful stories about women! Currently, she is creating a film honoring Women in Science — then and now. 

Margaret Zierdt (Emerita) earned a BA from Penn State University and MEds from University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii and was a public school teacher for 30 years. As a grad student in 1972 she examined sex roles in classic first grade literature and found great inequalities between female and male characters in these greatly loved stories. In a random selection of picture books published in 1970 and 1971 she found the same pattern of presenting female characters unable to solve problems. She worked on her school system’s Title IX Self-Evaluation project which documented failure to meet Title IX standards in many areas, including athletic and sports programs, enrollment of girls in math and science courses, and recruitment programs for administrative assignments. As a member of the Title IX committee, she made many recommendations to the school board to achieve compliance with Title IX rules. She participated in a statewide program for guidance counselors to promote awareness of Title IX regulations. She also taught a course for staff development on women in the western world. As a member of AAUW she has given programs and written newsletter articles on women’s history. In 1985 she researched and published a poster listing over 1000 American women of note by day of birth. This Celebrate Women poster has been updated and is carried by the NWHP.

Margaret Zierdt’s Legacy

From our earliest years, Margaret Zierdt has been one of the National Women’s History Alliance’s staunchest supporters. Even before her decade of service on the NWHP Board, Margaret staffed exhibits and helped develop and proof many of our publications. In fact, before we even met she had produced, by herself, a poster listing the entire year with a woman’s birthday noted for every date. Margaret clearly loved woman’s history.

When we faced our greatest financial difficulties, it was Margaret, a retired teacher, and librarian, who donated over $300,000 from her home’s equity to ensure our work would continue. Our debt to her generosity is enormous and is only matched by the inspiration she has brought to our lives.
In 2006, the National Women’s History Alliance presented Margaret with our “Writing Women Back into History” Award for her life-long work as a writer, researcher, teacher and librarian with a consistent focus on the role and condition of women throughout history. In addition, even into her nineties, she was a tireless volunteer, willingly spending hours collating, packing, record keeping and helping with the many tasks necessary to realize our vision.

Margaret’s legacy has now been passed to a new generation. Her collection of over 650 books and publications, together with her own writings and research notes, will become the founding collection in the Barbara Haney Irvine Library at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The Institute, located in the home of the renowned suffrage leader, emphasizes Education, Empowerment, and Equality and encourages girls to become actively engaged through heritage and leadership development programs.

The NWHP’s goal of “writing women into history” is something that still needs to be achieved. Through her donation and legacy, and with the loyal support of her family, Margaret has laid the groundwork for the young women who will follow and, no doubt, change the world. READ ARTICLE HERE.