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The VFA Pioneer Histories Project

Click here to go to the complete list of Pioneer Histories.

The activists of the Second Wave feminist movement literally changed the world.  From 1965 to 1982, thousands of women (and men) took actions that made our country more equitable for women. Some of their stories are well known. Many of their stories have never been told. The VFA Pioneer Histories Project is the personal history of the Second Wave women’s movement – one story at a time. Just click on the photo or name of any of the feminists below to read and listen to their stories.

We’ve also added links to oral history collections from a number of other organizations.  Just click on any organization in the list under Feminist History Collections on the left side of the home page, and you will be able to access those stories.

Karen Spindel
Florynce Kennedy Pat Parker Linda Ginenthal
Margaret Sloan-Hunter Marjorie DeFazio Elaine Showalter
Vivian Rothstein Clare Crawford-Mason Cynthia MacAdams
Jane O’Brien Reilly Gwen Sawyer Cherry Judith Knee
Marcia Greenberger Merry Demarest Harry Demarest
Brooksley Born Mary Bennett Dorothy Height
Gail Harmon Laura Unger Helen Aarli
Susan Brownmiller Dr. Barbara Berg Lois Herr
Anne B. Turpeau Patsy Takemoto Mink Jan Crawford
Dr Ethelene Crockett Nancy Campbell Elizabeth Koontz
L. Mandy Stellman Fannie Lou Hamer Alix Kates Shulman
Judy Goldsmith Rev.Dr.Katie Cannon Annie Sykes
David Sadker Myra Sadker Dr. Barbara Christian
Ann Juliano Jawin Elizabeth Perry Silvianna Goldsmith
Hedy Ratner Audrey Denecke Judy Waxman
Barbara Jordan Carolyn Montgomery Kristin Lems
Brenda Eichelberger Nancy Drum Dawson Karen Boehning
Dr. Julia Chang Wan Judy Hogan Commander Beth Coye
VFA Southwest Paula Johnson Purdue Sue Straus
Maida Kemp Mary Lynn Myers Gracia Molina dePick
Maggie McFadden Colette Roberts Nancy Shier
David Clarenbach Dr. Allie Latimer Margaret Blackshere
Dorothy Haener Helen Ramirez Odell Annie Crump
Millie Jeffrey Rev.Addie Wyatt Anne Ladky
Clara Day Labor & the Women’s Movement Catherine Conroy
Adelfa Botello Callejo Mary Jane Vogt Caroline Swinney
Jill Miller    Dr. Phyllis Wallace Lynn Kanter
Costello C. Seals Hermione Tobolowsky
Audre Lorde Dr. Marilyn Heins Rev. Willie T. Barrow
Alison Hughes Jane Plitt Dorothy O’Brien
Dr. Guida West Leah Margulies Merle Hoffman
Maya Friedler Karen Fishman Carol King

Nancy Keenan

Barb Lackner

Commander Beth Coye

Margy Gast

Jane Guthrie

Wilma Stevens

Dr. Shelah Leader

Edith Kokernot Grinnell

Joannie Parker

Barbara Laur

Judith Nedrow

Dori Jacobson-Wenzel

Nancy Azara

Lynn Povich

Sybil Shainwald

Rebecca Lubetkin Anna Pauline Murray Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Pam Ross Dr Paula Caplan Virginia S. Watkins
Ann Juliano Jawin Mary-Ann Lupa Evelyn Cunningham
Stephanie Marcus
Aileen Hernandez Dr.Susan Anthony II Suzanne Benton
Dr.Bernice Sandler  Holly Knox Rev.Addie Wyatt
Barbara Love Alice Cohan Lynn Sherr
Sheila Tobias  Sr Kathleen O’Brien Judith Meuli
Jurate Kazickas Karen Mulhauser Rev. Pat Budd Kepler
Chris Riddiough
Sandy Oestreich
Sydney Weisman
Jacqui Ceballos Linda Stein Ginny Foat
Karline Tierney Suzanne Doty Mavra Stark
Carole DeSaram Ruth Nemzoff Phyllis Frank
Grace Welch Simona Chazen Vicki Moss
Judith Weis Marcy Syms Ellen Snortland
Heather BoothHeather Booth Eleanor PamEleanor Pam Muriel FoxMuriel Fox
Rosemary Trowbridge
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