In Their Honor

Virginia Woolf wrote that Anonymous was a woman.  
The NWHP encourages discovering stories about our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers to help us better understand their lives, the challenges they faced, and ultimately, ourselves and our own times. Recognizing the dignity and accomplishments of women in our own families and those from other backgrounds leads to higher self-esteem among girls and greater respect among boys and men. 
To ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our own lives would be a great mistake. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us – and those remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story, and a truly balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.

Roberta (“Bobbie”) W. Francis, a nationally recognized leader and strategist for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), is a 30+ year advocate and activist for the ERA. Honored for her ERA leadership in 2004 by the Business and Professional Women/ USA and by the Alice Paul Institute in 2008, Bobbie serves as Chair of the ERA Taskforce for the National Council of Women’s Organizations.

Edna Genevieve Murphy MacGregor came of age during the early 20th Century. With my father, she raised nine children with unconditional love, giving each child a sense of endless confidence and possibility.  Her extraordinary faith sustained her through the most difficult of times.  Her life inspired her youngest child to work to ensure that the life of the so-called common woman, like my mother, would be recognized, honored, and celebrated.  Molly Murphy MacGregor

Lissa McLean’s legacy in addition to being an incredible role model for her family, most especially her nieces, and friends, also includes the co-funding of the Women’s Sports Foundation Internship Program, the Lissa McLean Collection at the Delta Township District Library in Lansing MI, and her extraordinarily generous financial and volunteer support for the National Women’s History Project

Gussie Mc Robert lived with a mother and husband who tried to kill her. She not only overcame, but triumphed over their abuse. She re-married, raised five sons, earned a Masters Degree in Communications, worked in radio/TV and was elected may of Gresham, Oregon, a city of 100,000. She tells her story is her autobiography, From Hell and Back: Survive & Thrivebook.

Joan Anderson Meacham’s commitment to advancing women’s history is widely recognized. On local, state and national levels, she created and led organizations that seek to tell the untold story of women’s achievements and contributions.  She is a co-founder of the National Women’s History Museum, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, and the groundbreaking Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail where she serves as the Director.

Ruth Moyer (b. 1920) has never wavered in her commitments to social and economic justice, progressive politics, gender equity, and public education. Her largehearted community service in the many towns in which she has lived has earned her admiration and the lasting friendship of many.

My mother, Dorothy Bloom Pollack, was the center of our family and kept our traditions and cultural heritage alive. Her parents escaped Anti-Semitism in Russia in the early 1900s, and she was active in working with Jewish immigrant children in the United States. An outstanding folk dance and prolific reader and knitter, she shared her gifts and unconditional love with her family and friends. Linda Pollack Shevitz

Jessie Mae Perry (1909–2002) was born in St. Matthews, SC and received a BA in Economics from Claflin College. She was involved in the PTA, local politics and the Girl Scouts and was employed by the NYC Department of Human Resources. She was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in NYC and belonged to the AAUW and the Federally Employed Women.

Bernice M. Stein (1931-2004) married in the 1950s and was a devoted wife and mother. Her daughters, one an engineer and one a research scientist, are the embodiment of her feminist dreams. Her engineer daughter, Jill Tietjen, coauthored Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America.

Margaret Zierdt has demonstrated an extraordinary devotion to recognizing women’s historic accomplishments through her research, writing, promotion, and active participation in women's history organizations.  She serves on the National Women’s History Project’s Board of Directors and is the organizations most generous donor.  She is also the recipient of the "Writing Women Back into History Award" for her consistent attention on the role and condition of women throughout history.  


In their landmark book, Against the Tide "Pro-Feminist Men" in the United States: 1776- 1990, a Documentary History, editors Michael S. Kimmel and Thomas E. Mosmiller document the work of thousands of men who have supported women.   In the tradition of Thomas Payne, Frederick Douglas, and Alan Arkin, these men are also being recognized for their work in honoring women. 

George C. Casey became a supporter of the National Women’s History Project 14 years ago. He is one of the most generous supporters of the National Women’s History Project and the American Humane Society.  He has served on the Board of Directors of both organizations. He also supports Northwestern University‘s Gender Equity Program and the Women’s Sports Foundation. 

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. is an award-winning editor, writer, and speaker.  His focus on  America’s activist history of grassroots social change which after 14 years of research and writing resulted in his landmark book, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” He has work with the National Women's History Project  (NWHP) for over 15 years and has served on the NWHP Board of Directors for over a decade.

Geoffrey N. Irvine played a highly significant, but less visible role in saving the birthplace of suffragist and ERA author Alice Stokes Paul. When his spouse, Barbara Irvine, explained that she needed to quit her paying job to take on the volunteer job of saving Alice Paul’s legacy, Geoff never hesitated to support Barbara in every possible way for over 15 years while she worked to accomplish the goal. BRAVO!