In 1978, Marilyn Loden coined a term that we still use today when describing the barriers women face in the workplace and political arena. Read more about how far we have come since the first “glass ceiling” was shattered, when women got the right to vote.Read More
Enjoy our weekly posts celebrating the extraordinary contributions of the Miami Valley’s historic women over the past century of Dayton's history. Articles will address the equal role of women as a cultural and political force and focus on vital issues of concern to women and the public.
We are gearing up for an amazing adventure of storytelling as we edge closer to the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.
Former Montgomery County commissioner and Ohio House Representative, Dixie Allen passed away last week on March 31, 2019. She was 84 years old. Find out more about her career and legacy in Dayton, Ohio in our blog today, as we honor this trailblazer of our community.Read More
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the fall of 1914 the women suffragettes of Dayton rallied the entire town. Learn about the parade they organized to bring awareness to Amendment 3, the Ohio Woman Suffrage Amendment, which would be on the ballot just 10 days later. Find out what happened when the women of Dayton dressed in white and carried yellow flowers for their cause.Read More
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States. Between 1919 and 1920, individual states began to grant women the right to vote. On August 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment became part of the United States Constitution, making it illegal to deny anyone the right to vote on the basis of sex. But, the fight for suffrage began long before that. Read our latest blog to learn more about the first time women took the their demands directly to the capitol.Read More
Today, we are honoring Bootsie Neal as a Dayton Trailblazer and Empowered Woman. Her work includes advocating for children, families, and development of her community. She was the first African American woman elected to Dayton City Commissioner. We want to celebrate this amazing woman for her contribution to the community and inspiring us as one of Dayton’s premiere community leaders.Read More
Dr. Margaret Peters is a local historian, retired teacher, and the author of many books and articles about African American history. Her leadership in the community and dedication to implementing African American history into the Dayton Public Schools is why we are celebrating her as a trailblazer and one of the most important contemporary achievers in Dayton, Ohio.Read More
This month we are honoring contemporary African American women who are making a difference in Dayton. Today’s blog is about former mayor, Rhine McLin, the first African American woman elected to the Ohio State Senate and the first female mayor of Dayton.Read More
Dayton’s Empowered Women. It’s the focus of our new book to be unveiled March 26th. We have focused on women of the past who paved the way for us to vote and to have cultural institutions in our community. We are also focusing on contemporary women, who today are making an impact in our lives. Today’s post is all about Jill Dietrich, who just last year became the first woman director of the the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Read More
Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, “what can you do for others” is the question we ask. Our blog today gives a little background into what “a day on, not a day off” means and why we should use this day as a day for giving back.Read More
Contemporary empowered women. That is our focus over the next few weeks. In today’s post, it’s all about Dr. Shirley Stallworth. Her tremendous achievements and efforts in the community include being the first African American President of the College Women’s Club and founder of Straight Talk/Safe Place. Join us as we discuss some of the most important contemporary women in Dayton, Ohio.Read More
Lean all about Annie McCully, Dayton’s first policewoman. She was also a member of the suffrage association and advocated not just for women’s right to vote, but also teaching women about the issues and important things to know on the ballot.Read More
Get an exclusive look at an exhibit about the Dayton Women’s Clubs and their impact on the city from 1888-1933. “Torchbearers of Dayton” will provide some background on the kinds of clubs women were a part of. These clubs and the networking of women within them, were crucial to the advancement of women’s rights in the country. Join us over the next few weeks as we share with you this exhibit.Read More