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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...
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.
Fuldheim, Dorothy; Journalists; Television journalists
Dorothy Violet Fuldheim was the nation's first anchorwoman as a member of a news team. She was an anchorwoman on NewsChannel5, starting her television career at the age of 54 after retiring from elementary...
Hamilton, Margaret, 1902-1985
Hamilton, Margaret; Wizard of Oz (Motion picture : 1939); Actors; Actresses; Cleveland Play House; Hathaway Brown
Actress best remembered for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie The Wizard of Oz. Ms. Hamilton perfected her craft in her hometown by working at the Cleveland Play House until being "discovered"...
Janicki, Hazel; Artists; Sculpture; Painting; Cleveland Public Library; Cleveland School of Art; Women's Art Club Of Cleveland
Janicki was a Cleveland artist knownfor her tempera paintings. She created the mural for the USO Lounge which was in Cleveland's Old Federal Building and she exhibited her work both locally and nationally....
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...
Rowland, Amy F. (Amy Farley), b. 1872
Rowland, Amy Farley; Lakeside Unit, World War I; Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Women's City Club; Women's City Club; Alta House; Office workers
Amy Rowland served with the Lakeside Unit in World War I and edited publications by Dr. George W. Crile, Sr. She worked with the American Ambulance in France and she became executive secretary at the Cleveland...
Redinger, Ruby V. (Ruby Virginia), 1915-1981
Redinger, Ruby Virginia; Authors; Teachers; Writers; Case Western Reserve University; Baldwin-Wallace College; Women's City Club; Ohioana Book Award Winners; Fenn College
Ruby Redinger earned her Ph.D in 1940 from Western Reserve University (Case). Her first book was "The Golden Net" which convinced "The Saturday Review of Literature" to praise her as one of the year's...
Pyke, Bernice Secrest
Pyke, Bernice Secrest; Democratic Party; Teachers; Delegations
Bernice Pyke was the first woman to be elected delegate for a national political convention and the first woman to serve in a cabinet for a mayor of Cleveland. She was a delegate for 5 Democratic National...
Price, Constance Mather
Price, Constance Mather; Theaters; Cleveland Play House; Musicarnival; American Red Cross
Constance Price served for the American Red Cross in WWII and took part in the planning of Musicarnival. She designed sets for Cleveland's East Side Players, Heights Light Opera, and Euclid Little Theater....
Prentiss, Elisabeth Severance Allen
Prentiss, Elisabeth Severance Allen; Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation; Philanthropy; Allen Memorial Medical Library (Cleveland, Ohio)
Elisabeth Prentiss was famous for her philanthropy: she gave funds to many institutions and established the Allen Memorial Library. She also received a public service medal from the Cleveland Chamber of...
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?"...
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...
Cotner, Mercedes R.
Cotner, Mercedes R.; Cleveland City Council; Politics & government; Politicians; Clerk of Cleveland City Council (Ohio)
She was the first woman and longest serving Clerk of Cleveland City Council, a position she held from 1964 until her retirement in 1990. In 1973, she became the first Democratic woman to run for the Mayor...
Nash, Helen Millikin
Nash, Helen Millikin; Hathaway Brown; Botanical gardens; Cleveland Botanical Garden; Garden Center Of Greater Cleveland; Shaker Lakes; Philanthropists; Conservation of natural resources
Nash became the president of the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland in 1949 and received the Frances McIntosh Sherwin Award. She also helped preserve the Shaker Lakes area from highway construction by...
McKelvey, Dorothy Marks
McKelvey, Dorothy Marks; Berea Historical Society; Baldwin-Wallace College; Historians; Berea (Ohio); History
Dorothy Marks McKelvey was the founder and president of the Berea Area Historical Society and the historian of Baldwin-Wallace College. Because she was so well-versed in Berea history, newspapers would...
Mccaffery, Margaret; Cleveland City Council; Cleveland City Government
Margaret McCaffery served on the Cleveland City Council for over 28 years. She received accolades from the safety forces, organized labor, and small business groups. She worked on committees for public...
Woman's General Hospital; Maternal Health Assn.; Planned Parenthood Of Greater Cleveland; Marcus, Sarah; Physicians
Served Women's General Hospital as the president of the hospital and was one of the first physicians at the Maternal Health Association (MHA) clinic, which later became Planned Parenthood. She also received...
Jennings, Martha Holden
Jennings, Martha F. Holden; Philanthropists; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Cleveland Clinic Foundation; University Circle; Case Institute of Technology
Martha Holden Jennings was a major benefactor for the Case Institute of Technology, The University Circle Development Foundation, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She also donated to the Cleveland...
Izant, Grace Goulder, d. 1984
Goulder-Izant, Grace; Plain Dealer; Writers
Grace Goulder-Izant was the first female writer for "Plain Dealer Magazine" and a writer of books such as "This is Ohio," "Ohio Scenes and Citizens," "John D. Rockefeller," and "The Cleveland Years." Grace...
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