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With support from a Museums for America grant from the the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Women’s Hall of Fame is working with living inductees to collect the stories and histories of women’s lives – the good, the bad, and the revolutionary; the ups, downs, and turn-abouts; words to live by on the long, unfinished road to equality, justice and liberation. Led by Dr. Betty Bayer (Professor of Women’s Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and NWHF board member), and NWHF Curator & Educator, Abigail Glogower, the oral history project Voices of Great Women will become an invaluable resource for twenty and twenty-first century women’s history.

The project is officially up and running! Our first interviewee was 2001 inductee, former first lady, and lifelong advocate of women and children, Rosalynn Carter.  This summer we have been busily recording interviews with pioneering research astronomer Dr. Judith Pipher, boundary-breaking Episcopalian Priest Betty Bone Schiess, and author, teacher, literacy advocate, and world traveler Ruth J. Colvin. Also arriving in Fall 2016: interviews with two inductees of both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame: businesswoman Linda Grace Alvarado and pilot Emily Warner. In August, Abby Glogower will be presenting on efforts to blend oral history and material culture at a conference in Chicago, IL.

Listen to the oral histories of Dr. Judith Pipher and Rosalynn Carter by simply clicking on their name.