• To hear that someone would ever tell a student that she was “genetically inferior” is absolute ludicrous. I cannot believe that back then they actually hired professors that thought this way.

  • Allie Corbin Hixson was born in 1924 and is the founding chair of the ERA summit.  She earned her PhD at the University of Louisville in English.  Hixson was the first woman to accomplish this, yet she was denied a full time teaching job.  “The dean of the college said he only had full-time salary […]

  • Pamela Gunderson Miller was born in 1938.  She was originally part of the feminist movement in California but then came to Kentucky to become politically active in the 1970s.  She joined the Kentucky WPC , the ERA alliance, and the pro-choice groups in 1972.  She was an advocate for women’s rights all over the country but […]

  • While doing research we have found that many businesses pre-existing the 1954 Civil Rights Act, soon closed their doors. There were about six beauty shops that surrounded this area, all but two were closed by 1961 and only one still remains in business in the area. We also found interesting information concerning the “Colored Notes”. […]

  • ThumbnailI think that when looking at civil rights activists and important women and men in history, sometimes their personal life gets in the way of what they were/are fighting for.  Senator Powers is a very influential woman for many reasons, other than just her affair with King, that led to the publishing of I Shared the Dream .  […]

  • Thumbnail Can you see much diversity in this picture of the House of Representatives? The United States as a whole ranks 84th in the world for gender diversity in the government.  Kentucky does not refute these statistics, because it is diversity challenged just as the nation is.  The argument that women are not in politics because they […]

  • I agree that there is not much change that has happened in the diversity of teaching in Kentucky. In 1941 there was actually a lawsuit in Louisville funded by the NAACP that sued the Louisville school district because they were not compensating African American teachers the same as white teachers. African American teachers were earning […]

  • ThumbnailGloria Jean Watkins better known as bell hooks (her pen name) is a very influential woman that has come from Kentucky.  She has written multiple books that bring light the injustice that women go through in our patriarchal society.  Some of her books are even used at the University of Kentucky in gender study classes.  Watkins is a social activist that ties […]

  • The textbook definition of segregation is “the seperation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnice group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area by barriers to social intercourse by seperate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means.”   From the AASRP Race Dialogues “Sisters in the Struggle” talk yesterday I think it is fairly […]

  • Anne Braden was born in Louisville, Ky in 1924 but spent most of her childhood in Mississippi and Alabama.  She attended the Randolph-Macon Woman’s college and returned to Kentucky in 1947.  Her occupation at first was reporting for courthouse trials but then took a deeper approach at the injustices and behind the scenes of the courtroom.  She […]

  • When thinking about influential women in the United States and Kentucky history we can go back the 20s when women were fighting for the right to vote. We also look at the 60s where the major feminist wave took over and women were fighting to be seen as equal competitors with men. So it leaves […]

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