Oral Histories

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Joan  Wagnon Oral History
Recently, my class for “Women’s Movements from the 70’s to 80’s” required us as a class project to interview any women during the 70’s and 80’s. Which in the hopes wanted us to grasp a better perspective on these powerful women’s movements during…

Diana Laskin Siegal Oral History
Diana Laskin Siegel was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and rather early on she got involved in political and women’s issues. Laskin Siegel discussed her involvement with women’s health issues and her work for the book Our Body Ourselves…

Carolyn Campbell Oral History
The United States changed a great deal between 1970 and 1990. Particularly from 1970 and 1980 are the critical times for the women’s movements in U.S. history. We see many movements responsible for shaping society, including feminism, welfare rights,…

Betty Bowling Oral History
This podcast covers Betty Bowling. Bowling was an active employee at the Menninger’s Foundation in Topeka, KS during the 1970s- and 1980s-Women’s Movements. She began working there at the age of seventeen, staying there for decades afterward. She was…

I interviewed the former state legislator Rochelle Chronister. She worked as a legislator for more than 17 years. I did her interview by phone on March 22, 2019. She was a Republican and also the first woman to ever run for the House of…

Politician and business woman, Jill Docking, speaks with senior Washburn University student Ali Dade about her experience with being a woman in male-dominated fields and the support system that grew around her, including her late husband, Tom…

In this oral history, Dr. Cheryl Childers, professor of Sociology at Washburn University discusses her upbringing in Oklahoma, her experiences as a woman in the newspaper industry, her experiences as a female sociologist, her thoughts on the Women's…

This interview was with Carolyn McGowan. She is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri, and owns her very own dance studio. Through this interview we got to talk about her life as a woman living in Kansas and Missouri. Carolyn shares stories of her…

On March 19th ,2019, I had the opportunity to interview Marilynn Ault. Marilynn worked for the Battered Women’s Task Force and served as director for the YWCA for 14 years. During this interview, Marilynn tells me how she ended up in Topeka, how…

Nancy Kassebaum Baker born of Topeka, Kansas is a former Kansas Senator from 1978 to 1997. Kassebaum was the first women ever to be elected to a full-term senate position without her husband having served in Congress before her term. As an…
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