Women's Voices: An Oral History of DC Women

1916-08-03 00:00:00

Vivian Coard

WAC, Early African American employee at the Pentagon; expert bridge player.

1922-09-15 13:37:00

Eleanor Compton

Sept 15 1922 WWII shipyards employee; National Security Agency and Communications Worker of America employee

1923-05-18 16:53:34

Florence Isbell

Author, activist and executive at ACLU in GA, NYC, Baltimore, & Washington, DC.

1923-08-09 17:35:17

Alice Davis

Dunbar graduate; active Delta volunteer who spearheaded numerous projects. (Born) In Washington DC at the old Garfield Hospital, Sherman Avenue and Florida Avenue.

1923-12-15 14:15:21

Fireside Chats

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1924-10-26 17:35:17

Verda Deutscher

WW II veteran; social worker; professor; humanitarian; volunteer in numerous local institutions.

1924-11-02 03:16:12

Ellie Newman

Career centered around labor issues, civil rights and women’s empowerment.feminist organizer; federal & state employee; women’s rights executive.

1924-11-19 02:29:18

Georgia Herron

Dunbar & UDC graduate; recognized DC public school science teacher; UDC established a spirit award in her name.

1925-04-23 03:16:12

Marcelina Maynard

Originally from the Dominican Republic, housekeeper of distinction at the Mayflower Hotel; matriarch of successful immigrant family.

1925-09-15 16:53:34

Betty Lichtenstein

Native Washingtonian; long-term federal employee; Recovery International volunteer for 40 years.

1925-11-04 00:00:00

Evelyn Idelson

Early community organizer; author of two landmark EEOC manuals.

1926-03-22 03:16:12

Rosemary Monagan

Congressional wife; WNDC president; long-time Smithsonian volunteer.

1926-06-26 13:37:00

Joan Thomas

Social worker; community & Democratic Party activist.

1927-01-18 16:53:34

Ruth Lubic

Nurse practitioner; creator of birthing centers for marginalized families; MacArthur Fellow.

1927-03-25 13:37:00

Ellie Seagraves

Librarian; editor; writer; active WNDC member.

1927-03-27 03:16:12

Marie Teresa Otero

Originally from Bolivia, Spanish teacher & matriarch of large successful family.

1927-05-21 12:45:47

Jewell Fenzi

Foreign Service wife; author; founder of the WNDC EF oral history project.

1927-11-30 13:37:00

Alice Vetter

Detainee in Japanese interment camp; State Dept. code clerk; nonprofit housing executive.

1928-06-20 17:35:17

Alice Day

Sociologist, author, teacher; environmentalist, sociologist, documentary filmmaker, joint citizen of US and Australia.

1928-10-22 03:16:12

Kathy Schmidt

Librarian; early activist with DC Vote & recipient of their Champion of Freedom award.

1929-08-19 02:29:18

Shirley Henderson

WNDC president, parliamentarian & founder of WNDC Educational Foundation.

1929-11-27 02:29:18

Tina Hobson

High-level federal employee; early advocate of Earth Day and climate change.

1930-02-13 00:00:00

Janie Boyd

Gleaner; grass roots distributer of food to marginal communities.

1930-07-29 03:16:12

Henrietta Price

DC Government social worker; founder with husband of first African American exhibition company.

1930-09-16 03:16:12

Dorothy Marschak

World Bank employee; advocate for the importance of music educational for disadvantaged children; creator of CHIME & Banding Together exhibit at Anacostia Museum.

1933-01-31 03:16:12

Mary Lee McIntrye

Foreign Service wife; Foreign Service employee; educator; writer.

1933-08-03 00:00:00

Virginia Ali

Community activist; business owner & matriarch of Ben’s Chili Bowl.

1937-08-02 04:51:15

Eva Freund

Professor; business executive; active in local LGBT movement.

1939-06-09 00:00:00

Alice Davis, Dunbar Graduate

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1940-11-20 00:00:00

Jackie Bong-Wright

Vietnamese refugee; founder of the Vietnamese-American Voter Association; Washingtonian of the Year.

1947-08-15 00:00:00

Ravaged by polio

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1952-01-01 00:00:00

Eating in DC

1963-08-28 00:00:00

The March on Washington

Virginia Ali . . . "Oh, yeah. We went down to the March. Yes. We went down to the March on Washington. That was just an electric time. And so many people were there. It was indescribable."

1968-04-04 21:54:04

Reflecting on the uprisings and U Street

1968-04-12 02:28:58

E & 7th

“So, if you went to E Street and 7th, there was not military there, or no military to speak of. If you went up Georgia Avenue, there was certainly – which is what 7th Street extended – there was certainly no military there. And that’s where most of t – that where the burning of buildings started and the break-ins started. All businesses were attached. And the black businesses owners were hanging signs or painting on their window “Black Owned Business.’ Sometimes that saved them and sometimes it did not. It depended on the kind of business. Mostly those windows were broken in by youngster – well, young people who wanted to steal. (RGB: It makes sense.) “Because it is an opportunity to get a suit you couldn’t afford or a bicycle you couldn’t afford’ (RGB: maybe a loaf of bread.) “Or a loaf of bread. That’s right.” Eva Freund

1971-05-03 16:56:26

May Day Protest

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1973-04-04 00:00:00

Home Rule for the District

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1975-01-01 00:00:00

Janie M. Boyd: Consumer Advocate

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1983-01-01 00:00:00

Finding a House in Washington

“I said ‘Guido, there are no houses for $60,000 in downtown Washington,’ ‘Oh you just didn’t look hard enough.’ ‘Guido, there are no houses for $60,000 in downtown Washington, and I am not going to go out and waste any more of my time and energy looking for what.”…”Well, I think we’ll be lucky if we find one for under a hundred, but I will look. ….So, I found a $100,000 house that I couldn’t wait to tell him about. It had a hole in the roof and a tree was growing out.” Jewell Fenzi

1983-04-18 03:16:12

US Embassy Bombed in Beirut

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1990-01-01 00:00:00

Retiring to DC

1993-02-01 00:00:00

Volunteering in the Clinton White House

1995-01-01 00:00:00

Losing my vote

2000-01-01 00:00:00

Fighting Sex trafficking

2001-01-01 00:00:00

Remembering the War in Vietnam

2002-10-01 00:00:00

Scarred Land and Wounded Lives:

“Well, we wrote that just about the time when Bush was declaring war on Iraq. And there was so much talk around, and Al Gore had been going around talking about the environment and what was happening to it. We went to one of his lectures, actually, and at the end of the lecture, when he stared talking about solutions, he talked about things like turning off lights and not driving your car as much, things that individuals could do which is all very well, but he really didn’t talk about the big effect, it seemed to us, that war was having on the environment, that war was not brought up as a danger to the environment or as one of the most negative things that was affecting the environment." Alice Day

2003-01-01 00:33:36

Washingtonian of the Year

2018-03-22 00:44:42

March for our lives

2020-02-03 00:00:00

Reaching 90

2020-02-28 21:54:04

Virginia Ali: Advice for young women

Women's Voices: An Oral History of DC Women

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