In recognition of International Women's Day, we're looking back at some of the stories we've published over the years about local female pioneers and inspirational women.
Marguerita Washington passed away Saturday at the Josie Harper Hospice House at age 80. A memorial service tentatively has been scheduled for Feb. 27 at Church of the Resurrection.
“You have to earn it.” That’s true for workers of all stripes, but it’s perhaps especially true for a group of Nebraska women who wouldn't take a back seat in their professions. These women represent the faces of progress.
The hospital that was founded in Walthill in 1913, eventually known as the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Memorial Hospital, has slowly deteriorated over the years and is rarely used now, except for an occasional school tour.
The first Native American to graduate from medical school, she took a job as the only doctor tending to Omaha Indian patients spread across 1,350 square miles.
After 18 years of Noor Ahmed's father prodding her to speak up for herself, after nearly two decades of silence while others pointed at her hijab or told her to remove it, the first Muslim athlete in Nebraska women’s golf history is on a newfound mission to spark change around her. To show whoever, wherever, she belongs.
“There are a lot of talented women on the Omaha Fire Department,” said fire union President Steve LeClair, “and I think it’s very appropriate that Kathy broke that barrier to the assistant chief ranks.”
Dorothy was born in London in 1920. On her 18th birthday, she joined a then-new branch of the British Army, called the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and was among the first British women to serve in World War II.
“Other STEM departments have been under pressure to have more gender equity, but over the past 10 years we haven’t had to lift a finger,” said Walter Stroup, a UNL statistics professor. “We’d get 50 applicants for a job, and 25 would be women. The diversity problem has been self-solving in our industry.”
In the third episode of Season 2 of "Where I Come From" — a World-Herald podcast — host Dirk Chatelain sits down for an in-depth interview with Carol Frost, the first female Olympian from Nebraska and mother of national championship-winning quarterback Scott Frost.
Today, the Northern California city of Richmond will honor a former Omahan, Robin Poindexter. Robin was the first black woman hired onto the Richmond Fire Department almost three decades ago. And as interim fire marshal, she is the only black woman in fire service management on the 89-member force.
HomeDish is a charitable quasi-potluck where guests bring themselves and $35. The money goes to the cooks — former refugees or asylum seekers — who buy the food, prepare it and then keep the proceeds to use as they see fit.
The Republican senator breaks with her habit of downplaying gender in a piece for Politico.
Williams died Monday at her home after a brief illness. She was 91.
The roots of Nebraska volleyball trace back long before Terry Pettit made the Huskers a national power. It goes back to the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” and a century-old brick library. It’s no Devaney Center, but it’s a good place to look for a seed.
Eileen Wirth, one of the first women city news reporters at The World-Herald, has written a book about the female writers and editors who came before her, going all the way back to the 1800s.
It is likely that you have never heard of Doris, because virtually no Omahan has heard of Doris, which is pretty strange because Doris Stevens was Omaha to the bone.
On July 1, Cheryl Logan will step into a larger, more public role as the superintendent of Nebraska’s largest school district. Colleagues and friends say it’s a natural progression for a driven leader who has steadily risen through the ranks of education — from high school Spanish teacher to incoming superintendent — over the span of a 30-year career.
Naomi Parker Fraley, who died Saturday at 96, was a survivor. She chased better jobs, better housing and a better life in the working-class tradition, that American Dream that’s not always quite so dreamy when you’re living it. She was something else, too, something Naomi – and the country – didn’t realize until recently, when a Nebraska-born World War II expert published 21st century research upending our understanding of a beloved 20th century image.
Local women who work in trades say the stigma of teaching a woman “man’s work” persists.
“She was ... ready to sacrifice 100 percent for a cause she knew was just,” said Anna Yuz-Mosenkis, one of the many Jews that Goldstein helped resettle in Omaha.
On Saturday, the Durham Museum unveiled “Women in Omaha: A Biographical Sketch Through History,” a new exhibit that shares the diverse experiences of 12 Nebraska women through time. The exhibit will remain open through July 29.
For years Ashleigh Buch hid the fact that she was transgender. The Offutt airman reported to work each day as a man, telling colleagues little…
Stefanija Mackevicius died Saturday surrounded by her children. She was 94. Both locations, the original bakery on 33rd Avenue and the Kafe at 74th and Pacific Streets, will be closed Thursday for her funeral.
Kimi Takechi shows up for work regularly at Takechi’s Jewelers, which she opened 70 years ago with her late husband, Kazuo Takechi. “I don’t want to live just to be old,” she said. “I want to enjoy a good life.”
When Nebraska voters went to the polls around this time in 2014, they saw 15 names on the top of the ticket. Every one of those Senate and gubernatorial candidates were men. This year, there are the same number of candidates for those same offices. Four are women.
With March marking Women’s History Month and Nebraska’s 148th anniversary, Hansen has two Omaha speeches within two days, one at the W. Dale Clark Library and the other at the Durham Museum.
For Ray, work doesn’t end just because the shift does. The work includes being a consistent part of the community, whether it’s for one child or a roomful. It means raising up and supporting those who need that extra lift.
She started the group two years ago as Caleb was finishing high school. It began simply as a way for him to meet new people and try new things. But it’s grown, attracting more than 90 members, of all abilities, ages 3 to 70.
Louise Pound was far ahead of her time. While an eminent linguist and folklore expert who spent 50 years on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, she was the state’s first sportswoman.
Margie Trembley, 73, has only been making hats for a few years. But she's become proficient enough to sell some of her works for $300 or more.
Squires was integral in the construction of the Holland Performing Arts Center and has helped her organization more than double its impact on the Omaha economy. This September, OPA will deliver the wildly popular Broadway touring show 'Hamilton' to downtown Omaha.