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 Women's History Project Staff

Molly Murphy MacGregor
Executive Director and Co-Founder, President of the NWHP Board of Directors

Molly 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. Molly is accessible via email at

Shona Rocco
Financial Manager

Shona worked as a Claims Representative at Farmers Insurance for four years before joining our team. She came to the project in 2002 bringing with her a strong background in bookkeeping and a positive attitude. Thanks to Shona we are up to date with all reconciliations and financial obligations, along with lending her hand for general office duties, customer service, mailings, and shipping. Shona is a proud mother of a teenage daughter, Jessica. Contact Shona at

Vicki Dougan
Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant

Vicki began her career as a high school English teacher in PA, and has a
diverse background that includes writing newletters, 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

Anna Boyadjieva
Web Site Administrator

Anna is currently an Interactive Designer at Staples® Corporate. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2006, with a degree in Multimedia Studies/Graphic Design. She approached NWHP with a proposal to redesign their website as part of her Senior Honors Project. Additionally, Anna is currently working on NWHP website updates. She has always had an interest in women's studies and history and has been involved in the movement since high school. Contact Anna at

Hilary McGraw, Social Media Coordinator

Hilary recently received her MA in Archaeology from the University of London, where she wrote her thesis on representations of women in universal museums. The study (or lack there of) of women’s historical experiences has always been both a personal and professional interest of hers, one that she hopes to incorporate into a future career working in the museum/cultural heritage sector.  Hilary’s involvement in women’s issues began in college, where she served as a student senator in the Coalition of Women Students, helping to plan annual events like the Women of Color Symposium and the Take Back the Night March. She also served as a research assistant to the president of the Chicago Area Women’s History Council, and has worked on several oral history projects, both in Chicago and London, which focus on women’s experiences. She is currently acting as the social media coordinator for the NWHP and can be reached at


National Women's History Project Board of Directors


Denise L. Baer, Ph.D., is a political scientist, program evaluator, scholar and consultant based in the Washington, D.C. area.  Denise holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in political science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  She is currently the Evaluation Officer for the Center for International Private Enterprise, and as a researcher has consulted for a number of federal agencies and non-profits, including the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.  Denise has taught at a number of universities, including American, Georgetown, George Washington and Boston University, among others.  Her published work in American politics includes the history of the women’s movement, women’s organizations, women as leaders and public officials, the role of gender quotas, and research work on women and girls.  She began her work on public women’s history in the 1990s with the late C. DeLores Tucker on the effort to have a statue dedicated to Sojourner Truth in the U.S. Capitol, a goal achieved in 2006.  She is the founder of Herstoryhistory, a web portal designed to document how public policy can be used as a tool to ensure that the invisibility of women’s history is made visible in our collective public memory in statutes, parks, trails, museums, historic homes, research centers, archives, history and oral history projects throughout the U.S.  She is a member of the American and International Political Science Associations, the American Evaluation Association, the National Press Club and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science.  Denise is the mother of four daughters and enjoys gardening and travel, including visiting museums across the U.S. and abroad.   She can be contacted at

Jean Bowling has been a feminist activist for the last 35 years. From 1975 to 1980 she was newsletter editor and fundraiser for the Anne Arundel County National Organization for Women. She was appointed to the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women in 2001 and was a Commissioner until 2004. From 1986 to 1991 she served on the National Capital YMCA Operations Committee, which provided guidance for management decisions. Jean has worked in law for over 40 years, first as a secretary then as a legal assistant. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and graduated from the Paralegal Program at George Washington University. She is a licensed real estate broker in D.C. and Maryland and from 1987 to 1992 had her own brokerage company, selling and managing real estate for investors. Using her brokerage skills she purchased several apartments and furnished them, creating a thriving interim housing market for the Metropolitan DC area. For the last six years, she has been Legal Assistant for a judge on Maryland’s highest court.

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 cochair 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.

Robert P. J. Cooney 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. Emily 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


Rebecca Hollingsworth has worked to educate and inspire people of all ages to build consensus on progressive issues for as long as she can remember. Steeped in a family tradition of activism dating back to the work for universal suffrage in the early 20th century, Rebecca has used her intellect, imagination and enthusiasm to support the experience of empowerment via participation in the civil and democratic process for all citizens. Working as Case Manager in the Agent Orange Class Action Settlement Program, an educational consultant, a classroom teacher, a Girl Scout leader and camp director, as a Commissioner on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, which included a term as Chair, Rebecca has designed and implemented curriculum, and investigated, prepared and delivered detailed reporting for municipal department heads on best practices and implementation of public policy in the areas of public health, safety and social justice. A highly accomplished and entertaining public speaker, Rebecca has made public and classroom appearances to thousands of people across the country discussing and supporting the progressive and dynamic nature of the American political system and the importance of full inclusion. With a Bachelors' in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University, Rebecca well understands that effective public policy is policy whose investment is a catalyst for greater social and economic benefits as well as tighter social cohesion. Rebecca also holds a Master's in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Hunter College, City University of New York and is completing a Masters of Public Policy Administration at New England College.  She currently serves as Director, Youth Outreach and Education, for the National Women's History Project. The Project is known nationally as the only clearinghouse providing information and training in multicultural women's history for educators, community organizations, businesses, service groups, government organizations and parents in order to expand the understanding of women contributions to U. S. history. Rebecca is also a contributor to Esteem Yourself, and on-line publication which supports empowerment of women in all areas of their lives, and a founding member of, a website promoting and supporting dialogue and communication across the spectrum of political beliefs on public policy issues of the day. Rebecca also serves as the Executive Director of Harlow Girls PPF, a small private foundation dedicated to promoting activism in the field of social justice and eco literacy. Rebecca, her husband and their two daughters live in Northern California.

Molly Murphy 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.

Carol Norberg graduated from UC Berkeley in 1946 with a bachelor's in journalism, and continued in graduate school in political science. After working at the Oakland Tribune for three years, she married and started raising a family. Knowledge of the feminist movement eluded her during this time, but her love of history led her to join the curriculum committee of the new Jewish Community Center's school in Detroit. When she noticed that the Holocaust had been avoided, she volunteered to write that chapter and doing so launched her activism.

In the 1970's, back in California, she became a substitute teacher and began to scan textbooks for the history of women, something she found appallingly lacking. Still later, she became involvement in the Roseville Historical Society's efforts to restore the Carnegie Library into a museum and began organizing exhibits on women's history. This often brought her into conflict, because she had incorporated in the opening exhibit, controversial current information from the National Origination for Women. As chair of the city's new NOW chapter, she often combined announcements of both groups at meetings of other local organizations.

Her wealthy older sister had set up the Doris Foster Foundation to benefit women. The funds from this foundation were transferred to her upon the death of her sister, which allowed Carol to become a financial contributor to several women’s organization including the National Women’s History Project. Now back in the East Bay area, she is able to circulate that same material in book form to local schools and she is now honored to join the NWHP Board of Directors.

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 the Center for Global Peace & Prosperity in Laguna Beach, CA. 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 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

Marielle Tsukamoto was born in Sacramento, California on April 7, 1937 To Alfred and Mary Tsukamoto. Alfred Tsukamoto raised grapes and strawberries on on small farm. In 1942 all persons of Japanese ancestry 120,000, were ordered off the west coast. Marielle and her family went to an internment camp in Jermone, Arkansas taking only what they could carry. After the war, families were allowed to leave the camps. The Tsukamotos were among the fortunate few able to return to their farm. A friend, Bob Fletcher worked the land, paid the taxes and the mortgage and returned the farm to Alfred Tsukamoto. Mary Tsukamoto fulfilled a life-long dream to become a teacher. Motivated by her mother's love of teaching Marielle graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a BA in education and began teaching in 1959. She devoted her life to a profession she loved. She taught in an military dependent's school in Japan for one year, spent 24 years teaching in San Jose before returning to her home town as a vice principal and principal of an elementary school in Elk Grove, California. Marielle retired in 2001. She worked as the Project Director of Educational Programs for the Anti-Defamation League from 2001-2003. During this time she continued to support an important education program started by Mary Tsukamoto, to teach children about the internment of the Japanese Americans and the loss of their civil rights during WWII. 6,000 students learn that in a Democracy it is important to protect and defend our Constitutional rights.

Margaret Zierdt 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, enrolment 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.