Women Of The West: Pioneers Who Helped Shape Arizona's History
Arizona boasts many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. It’s easy to name the Sandra Day O'Connors and Rose Moffords — but what about those who are lesser known? In the series Women of the West, The Show explore stories of Arizona women who helped shape their communities and the state’s history.
Artist Dorothy Fratt was renowned for her use of color. From a very young age, Dorothy became a vital part of the budding Phoenix art scene via her craft and her teaching.
Terri Cruz was one of the founders of Chicanos Por La Causa. During her career, she was given numerous awards and commendations for her work in the community.
When Ayra Hackett founded the Arizona Gleam in 1929, she was the only Black newspaper owner in Arizona.
Even after unfairness and injustice, Janet Ikeda emerged years later with a positive attitude and a commitment to helping her community.
Nancy Maytag Love was instrumental in getting the Phoenix Zoo up and running. In fact, without her it might not even be here.
Refugio Barth Landavozo lived from 1855 to 1921. She was married to one of the more infamous men of that era: Solomon Barth, the disputed founder of St. Johns.
Betty Fairfax was a longtime educator, spending time both in the classroom and as a counselor.
Dew Yu Wong and her husband opened American Laundry in Flagstaff in 1915, a business that became a pillar of the community.
Georgie White Clark was a pioneering river guide who, even in her 80s, ran trips down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Graciela Olivarez was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the director of the Community Services Administration.
Annie Dodge Wauneka was elected to the Navajo Nation Council in 1951, becoming just the second woman to serve in that body.
Elizabeth Hudson Smith designed and ran the Hotel Vernetta in Wickenburg — and eventually owned most of the town.
Ruth Reinhold was a pilot in the same era as Amelia Earhart and the author of "Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History."