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We encourage you to explore these stories. Get to know just some of the remarkable women and girls who have made New Orleans what it is today — and read about our continuing efforts to ensure that every woman and girl can thrive.

Listen and read Laine Kaplan-Levenson’s story of the local Second-wave feminist movement and the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment. Listen at WWNO’s TRIPOD Series: http://wwno.org/post/women-who-fought-and-against-era-part-i    

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
The Women Who Fought For And Against The ERA, part of WWNO’s Tripod series

Come hear historian Janet Allured discuss the history of Second Wave Feminism as practiced in colleges and universities, 1965-1990.   April 28, Anna Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Building, Tulane University, 11:55, a.m, arrive for a free lunch followed by lecture.               For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442785839129908/

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
Cherchez Les Femmes? Universities and the Movement, 1965-1990

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive and Nola4Women are collaborating to present two events, March 24 and 25, honoring the many contributions of the late Allison Miner, who was one of the original founders of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Allison Miner: Musician’s Advocate and Jazz Fest Founder … [read more]

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
Celebrating Allison Miner, March 24 and March 25

Publisher and writer Mary Gehman, pictured here, is one of the women featured in the upcoming exhibition The Personal Is Political: Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists, which opens at the Newcomb Archives on March 3. The show is the work of documentary photographer Carrie Chrisco and historian Janet Allured.   Gehman’s thoughtful look in the … [read more]

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
The Personal Is Political: Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists

Here witness the gathering of a small group of African American children celebrating Carnival in 1949. They did so as part of one of the city’s most cherished kindergartens. This was the Martinez Kindergarten School, founded in 1934, then the first and only pre-kindergarten school for African Americans in Louisiana.   Mildred Bernard Martinez (1905-1991) was … [read more]

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
Celebrate some quiet moments in Carnival with the blog from the Amistad Research Center

   Image, Courtesy of the Louisiana State Museum.                    Kathryn Dyer (1904-1983) had a career change in the mid-1940s that brought us today to the colorful flamingoes pictured here from 1956. A civil servant for the state, Dyer decided that her heart and her true talents belonged … [read more]

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
Iris and The Goddesses of Carnival: One Image, Many Stories to Consider

Mahalia Jackson with Lauraine Goreau. Jazz Fest, N.O., photograph, 8 × 10 in., 1970. Courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum. 1978.118(B).04053     The Louisiana State Museum and the National Park Service honoured Hero of New Orleans Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) on her birthday on October 26, in a performance that … [read more]

Heroes Of New Orleans
Making Music: Hail Mahalia

The Sisters of the Holy Family, ca. 1899. Photographic print. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, American Memory.   The photograph shows the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1899, grouped on the porch of an unidentified building.  On the bottom row, fifth from the left, is Mother Austin Jones, who served as Mother Superior … [read more]

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
Sisters of the Holy Family Continue to Set Standard for Community Service

On October 17 sixty participants gathered to hear Councilmember LaToya Cantrell connect the positive impact of community-driven collaborations on issues affecting women and girls to the positive outcomes of policy legislation regarding those issues at the local and state level.   The agenda we are all helping to shape for the Tricentennial will play a significant role … [read more]

New Orleans: Mirror On The World Global Summit

In the garden of the Old Ursuline Convent Museum in New Orleans are six stone statues—five women and one man on bended knees. The statues flank—three on each side—a brick path that leads to a gold statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. They are St. Katharine Drexel, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Blessed … [read more]

Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Gifts: How One Woman Turned Pain into Philanthropy