Mark your calendar for WOMEN in the WORKFORCE, a conference on Equal Pay, Flexibility in the Workplace and Non-Traditional Jobs, April 26 at Nebraska Wesleyan. For more information and to register please visit the events page!

 

 

LINCOLN WOMEN’S VOICES: A HISTORY of ACTIVISM

In the summer of 2013, The Women’s Foundation of Lincoln/Lancaster County began a video/audio project using oral histories to highlight individuals who were active in fighting for gender equality in Lincoln during the 1970s and early 1980s. The interviews were done with women who made important progress towards equality for Nebraska, each centering on salient issues, such as education, economic independence, legal standing, intimate partner violence, childcare and reproductive health. These twelve include women who were active in the Lincoln-Lancaster County Commission on the Status of Women and the Nebraska Coalition for Women. The footage has been edited to log interviews and select clips for 2-minute audio montages which are being aired daily on the radio station KZUM (89.3) during Women’s History Month in March.

 

The Foundation’s goal for this project is to preserve the voices of women who fought for significant gains and to showcase activism: our purposes are to educate young people about local history that has a direct bearing on the rights they currently enjoy and to inspire them to continue fighting against injustice. Interviewees and areas of expertise include Ada Munson and Virginia Walsh, Nebraska Coalition for Women; Chris Funk, first Executive Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster Commission on the Status of Women; Lynn Roper, advocate for Title IX implementation; Ina May Rouse, the Displaced Homemaker Act; Marcee Metzger, former Women's Center director and Executive Director of Voices of Hope; Rosemary Machacek of New Directions Center; Helen Moore, second director of the Women’s Studies program at University of Nebraska Lincoln; Beatty Brasch, Executive Director of the Center for People in Need and long-time friend of Lincoln's first woman Mayor, Helen Boosalis; Natalie Olson, former officer of the Lincoln-Lancaster Women's Commission; Linda Pratt, former Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nebraska; and Mary Jo Ryan, advocate for early child care legislation and licensing of care centers.

 

Our goal for this project is to produce a 30-45 minute documentary comprised of interviews, archival materials, and other narration or historical information. If you would like more information or would like to donate to this project, please contact us at lincolnwomen@gmail.com.

 

Listen to the two-minute audio segments here:

Ada Munson and Ina May Rouse
Beatty Brasch
Chris Funk
Helen Moore
Linda Pratt
Lynn Roper & Natalie Olson
Marcee Metzger
Mary Jo Ryan
Rosemary Machacek
Virginia Walsh
Chris Funk & Virginia Walsh with Kathie Uhrmacher

 

 

If you are interested in viewing the full length videos of the interviews done during Women's History Month in March you may find them here.

 

 

Mission: The Women's Foundation of Lincoln & Lancaster County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides resources for educational programs, advocacy, and services that promote equality and social justice for women.

 

Projects - Past and Present: Some of the projects that the Women's Foundation has sponsored are: The Women and Money Conference provides valuable financial education for women to help them in areas like budgeting, savings, investing and planning for retirement.

Real Women Run is an initiative to encourage and support women who are interested in political life and/or running for public office.

 

Lincoln Women's Voices: A History of Activism is an oral history project. Women who were activists during the 70's and 80's were interviewed about the changes that came about in the women's movement.

 

Women in the Workforce is currently being planned for Saturday, April 26 at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Topics will include Equal Pay, Flexibility in the Workplace and Non-Traditional (STEM) Jobs for women. More information will be posted soon.

 

History: In 1977, the Friends of the Commission on Women was established to support the Lincoln-Lancaster Women's Commission and was one of the first "Friends" organizations in the country. While the Lincoln-Lancaster Women's Commission was defunded in 2007, Mayor Chris Beutler formed the Mayor's Commission on Women because there is a continuing need in our community for women's voices to be heard. The Lincoln Mayor's Commission on Women currently consists of 15 women and men who advise the Mayor and his office on the issues that pertain to women and families in Lincoln. The Women's Foundation, which was started in 2012, aims to aid the work of the Commission as well as the creation of other projects that serve women and their families in our community.