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Browsing items in: Famous Women of Cleveland

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    • Hauser, Elizabeth J., 1873-

    • Activists; Women's suffrage; National American Woman Suffrage Assn.; League Of Women Voters (Lwv) Of Cleveland; Hauser, Elizabeth; Journalists
    • Elizabeth Hauser first began her career as editor of the "Girard Grit" and then later helped found the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Once suffrage passed she also founded the League of Women Voters (LMV) In 1927 she...
    • Adams, Almeda C., 1865-

    • Adams, Almeda C.; Cleveland Music School Settlement; Blind persons; Fortnightly Musical Club; Music; Teachers
    • Almeda Adams helped to found the Cleveland Music School Settlement despite being blind. She also wrote a book which is made up of letters to her friends titled "Seeing Europe Through Sightless Eyes." Adams directed the Schumann Society which is a...
    • Sister Mary Ignatia, C.S.A., 1889-1996

    • Alcoholics Anonymous; St. Vincent's Hospital (Cleveland, Ohio); Catholics, Roman
    • Sister Mary Ignatia was one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sister Ignatia was the registrar at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron when she began her work with alcoholics. In 1952 Rosary Hall was born at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland...
    • Allen, Florence Ellinwood, 1884-1966

    • Allen, Florence Ellinwood; Lawyers; Judges; Suffragists
    • Florence Ellinwood Allen was the first woman Ohio Supreme Court judge, first woman chief of federal court, ardent suffragette, and also successfully defended women's municipal suffrage before the Ohio Supreme Court.
    • Ames, Lydia May

    • Ames, Lydia May; Artists; Landscape paintings; Cleveland School of Art; Women's Art Club Of Cleveland
    • Ames was a landscape painter that was one of Cleveland's first woman's artists and was called "Cleveland's first impressionist painter." Her work was exhibited in national exhibits such as those in New York. Besides painting, Ames also taught art...
    • Vronsky, Vitya

    • Babin, Victor; Babin, Victoria (Vitya) Vronsky; Pianists; Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland Institute Of Music; Composers
    • Vitya Vronsky was a world class pianist who came to Cleveland to become faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1961 after touring and recording extensively as part of a duo piano team with her husband, Victor Babin. Vronsky hailed from the...
    • Bole, Roberta Holden

    • Bole, Roberta Holden; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Cleveland Museum Of Natural History; Hawken School; Dunham Tavern Museum (Cleveland, Ohio); Philanthropists; Holden Arboretum
    • Bole was a major benefactor to many museums in Cleveland such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She also established the Holden Arboretum, founded Hawken School and wrote the children books "The Aunt's...
    • Bolton, Frances Payne Bingham, 1885-1977

    • Bolton, Frances Payne; Nursing;Hawken School; Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (Cleveland, Ohio); United States. House of Representatives; United States Congress
    • Frances Payne Bolton had a long tenure as a United States Representative from 1939 to 1968; Bolton was the first woman to head an official mission abroad, to the Middle East in 1947; In 1953 she was appointed as a congressional delegate to the...
    • Brown, Anna V., d. 1985

    • Brown, Anna V.; Gerontology; National Council on the Aging; Cleveland. Dept. of Aging; Aged persons
    • Brown was an advocate for the elderly in Cleveland as well as nationally. She developed Cleveland's Department of Aging which developed services to assist elders. She later became the president of the National Council on Aging in 1984. She was...
    • Browne, Mary Kendall

    • Browne, Mary Kendall Brownie; World War II; Tennis; Physical education; American Red Cross
    • Mary Browne was a championship tennis player becoming the ladies doubles champion 5 times, and the captain of the U.S. Wightman Cup team twice. She was one of the first women in the Tennis Hall of Fame. She also won the Cleveland Women's Amateur...
    • Bryant, Eliza

    • Bryant, Eliza; Freedmen; Slavery; Eliza Bryant Center; African Americans; Nursing homes
    • Seeing that African Americans in Cleveland were denied access to nursing homes because of segregation, Eliza Bryant started a campaign to raise interest and funds for African American elders in 1893. Her efforts eventually lead to the founding of...
    • Cafarelli, Carmela

    • Cafarelli, Carmela; Cleveland Orchestra; Opera singers; Harps; Musicians
    • Carmela Cafarelli was the first harpist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She toured as an opera singer in Italy and formed the Cafarelli Opera Club presenting Madame Butterfly in 1934. Every year she presented an opera at the Masonic Auditorium.
    • Campbell, Marion Winton Strongheart

    • Campbell, Marion Winton Strongheart; Native Americans; Operas & operettas; Cleveland Opera Co.
    • Marion Winton Strongheart Campbell was the composer of "Love's Wishing Well" and the creator of "The Seminole," both operas. She also founded the Women's National League for Justice to American Indians.
    • Shepherd, Dorothy G.

    • Case Western Reserve University; Islam; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Textiles; Galleries & museums
    • In the 1960s, Dorothy Shepherd was one of the only female museum curators in the United States and was renowned for her knowledge in medieval textiles and ancient Islamic art. Shepherd was a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She also taught...
    • Cermak, Albina

    • Cermak, Albina; Republican Party; Bailiffs; Political elections
    • Albina Cermak was the first woman to run for mayor not only in Cleveland but in any city. She ran against Anthony Celebrezze in 1961. Ms. Cermak was a member of the Board of Elections and delegate for the Republican National Convention for 3 years....
    • Chadwick, Elizabeth Bigley, 1857-1907

    • Chadwick, Elizabeth Bigley, 1857-1907; Swindlers & swindling; Fraud; Criminals; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
    • Cassie L. Chadwick was known worldwide as a Cleveland con-artist in the early 20th century after her arrest in 1904. In her largest scam, she claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie and convinced an Ohio banker that she would be...
    • Norweb, Emery May

    • Cleveland Museum Of Art; Art collectors; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Norweb, Emery May Holden; Numismatics
    • Norweb was a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art's accessions committee who eventually became the first woman president of the museum in 1962. She was also a chairperson of the American Numismatic Society of London and donated valuable English...
    • Hughes, Adella Prentiss, 1869-1950

    • Cleveland Orchestra;Musical Arts Assn.;Grays Armory; Sokoloff, Nikolai
    • Founder of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1918 with Nikolai Sokoloff and the Musical Arts Association. Ms. Prentiss was active in the Cleveland musical scene from 1891 until retiring in 1945.
    • Perkins, Anna

    • Cleveland Press; Franklin Club; Cleveland Sorosis; Poets; Irwin, Josephine Saxer
    • Anna Perkins sold issues of the "Cleveland Press" for her livelihood, eventually earning her the moniker of "Newspaper Annie." She also advocated reform for women's dress and wrote the poem "What Is It?" Perkins also spoke at the Franklin and...
    • Corrigan, Laura Mae

    • Corrigan, Laura Mae; World War II; Socialites
    • Laura Corrigan spent most of her time in Europe. She escaped from Paris in World War II to England through Portugal. She helped French soldiers and refugees and organized the group La Bien Venue. Once the war ended she received the Croiz de Guerre,...

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