|WELCOME! Here are the first persons on the AWHT Honor Roll. Enjoy reading about the accomplishments of these remarkable people! We appreciate the opportunity to share these stories of those who have made an impact in our lives.
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Lorraine Weiss Frank
Honored by: Juliana Yoder, Former Executive Director, Arizona Humanities Council
Scottsdale resident Lorraine W. Frank is best remembered for her achievements as the founding Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council. During her tenure, 1973 to 1989, she distributed $3millioon in grants to the state's nonprofit community After leaving AHC she became founding Executive Director for the Arizona Foundation for Women. A graduate of Vassar, she served on numerous boards and commissions, including Arizona's Board of Regents, the National Council on the Humanities and the Democratic National Committee. She was a gracious and generous mentor who had a profound impact on the state.
Janolyn Lo Vecchio
Former Business and Professional Women state President, researcher, and writer of Arizona women's history.
Honored by: former U of A campus Business and Professional Women
Jan is recognized for Business and Professional Women's University of Arizona BPW, state BPW/AZ and in the BPW Foundation leadership. As the University of Arizona BPW President she organized child care, elder care, and professional development programs. She led state lobbying efforts for passage of state law requiring the state pay retirement for disabled state employees, thus restoring equity in retirement benefits. She served as state membership, program chair, historian, and state President.
While Arizona BPW Foundation trustee, she co-authored "Women who make a Difference, Volume III," a collection of pioneer Arizona women biographies.
Through writing, Jan submitted 40 recommendations for AWHT women designations and has written award winning history articles which has contributed to Arizona women's history expansion.
Honored by: Joan Meacham, AWHT Founding Director Emeritus
Murat Masterson certainly deserves recognition by the Arizona Women's Heritage Trail (AWHT)
A Prescott notable attorney and member of the 12th Arizona Territorial Legislature, Murat introduced legislation in 1883 to extend voting rights to Arizona women. Stating "politics would be much purer" if women had a voice and "woman's reasoning powers were greater than that of men," his legislation introduction and the suffrage bill caused a major debate throughout the Arizona Territory.
Despite Phoenix Herald newspaper support, the bill was defeated that same year. His visionary progressive thinking was the first step toward Arizona women's suffrage which was gained in 1912, eight years prior to the passage of the national women's right to vote constitutional amendment.
Alice Benites, Margaret Macias Ortiz, Margaret "Maggie" Pastor
Honored by: Dr. Chris Marin, President, AWHT
I offer my tribute to these women of Miami, Arizona: Margaret "Maggie" Pastor, Alice Benites, and Margaret Macias Ortiz. I believe they symbolize a shared sense of belonging to their town, of being a part of it in many ways. They've served to remind me that they represent what goodness is all about, and what has made Miami so unique. These women share much in common. They are from the same generation. Perhaps their own families immigrated from Mexico or Spain to this copper town. Their men were ready to face hardships and struggles in a mining culture that took away lives much too soon. The women were bent on making sure their children became educated. These women, who came of age during the era of the Great Depression, saw their brothers or husbands or family go to war, with some not returning. These women, high school students and/or graduates joined the workforce in their copper town and used their education and skills to help earn a living. They cared for the sick, or became educators, and raised their own families. l look at these women and see they are among those who have engaged in a sense of community service to their beloved Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and to the Bullion Museum and Cultural Center. And in my view, they teach us lessons in the value and importance of volunteerism. It's about Connections, a sense of belong to Miami, their town, with all its good things and all its bad things. What have they seen in their lifetimes that may serve to help us better understand the importance of caring for one's community, its churches, schools and libraries and families and children? Perhaps we may know women like Maggie Pastor, Alice Benites, and Margaret Ortiz. Our grandmothers, perhaps, or our mothers. Or perhaps they are our neighbors, friends, aunts, or others. You might know their children, now adults with families of their own – their children, who became educators, entrepreneurs, political leaders, attorneys, for example. These women attended a fund raiser for Bullion Plaza Museum and Cultural Center in support of the work of those who helped save and preserve this historic. And in so doing, they symbolize the history of Miami too. And so, I salute Maggie Pastor, Alice Benites, and Margaret Ortiz of Miami, Arizona.
The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor
Honored by: Dr. Heidi Osselaer, AWHT scholar and Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University
Sandra Day O'Connor grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and served until 1974, when she won election to the Maricopa County Superior Court. In 1979, Governor Bruce Babbitt appointed her to the Arizona Court of Appeals, and in 1981 she was selected by President Ronald Reagan to the US Supreme Court, serving until her retirement in 2006. O'Connor, an important historical figure, as the first female serving in the Supreme Court has consistently supported national women's history expansion, and has supported women's history public education projects throughout the state. She has agreed to present the welcome keynote address March 28, 2014 at the first statewide women's history conference sponsored by the Arizona Women's History Alliance.
Honored by: Dr. Mary Logan Rothschild, Co-Founder ASU Women's Studies Department, Chair of AWHT Scholars' Board
Noel Stowe, one of the founders of the field of American Public History nationally, was also an early and staunch supporter of the Arizona Women's Heritage Trail. As a Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Arizona State University, Noel was an AWHT Charter Council Member and took his responsibilities seriously. Intimately involved in the history community in Arizona, as well as local civic groups, Noel helped integrate the AWHT into those communities, as well as paving the way for a mutually beneficial relationship with Arizona State University. Noel's state-wide contacts and many graduate students, both, helped the AWHT become established and continue to thrive.
Alberta Chee Tippeconnic
1941 - 2011
Honored by: Dr. Mary Melcher, former founding AWHT Historian, Currently Sharlot Hall Museum Education Manager
Alberta Chee Tippeconnic was a member of the Navajo Nation and an important leader who spent her career advocating for Arizona's American Indian Nations. She worked at the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) for 35 years on environmental, health, jurisdictional, leadership, cultural and historical projects. As a representative of the ITCA, she became a founding member of the AWHT Executive Committee where she served until 2011. She took a strong interest in advancing women's history in Arizona and helped project staff make connections to American Indian Nations in the state. Her wise and cheerful presence is sorely missed by other member of the AWHT Executive Board.