Amelia Jenks Bloomer: Suffrage Pioneer, Fashion Designer, Publisher

By Deborah O’Rell It’s hard to know what this woman is better known for: being the originator of ‘bloomers’ or her political activism for women’s suffrage and temperance or the recommended list of feminist books. Every year the Amelia Bloomer Project, which is...

Thanks, Mom!

By Deborah O’Rell Women’s History Month prompts me to share a profound moment in my own history and to celebrate Maureen Trefry O’Rell Turner, my mom. At the time of this memory, I was about 8 years old and my mother was 28. I was always very aware my mother was...

Patricia Roberts Harris: The Woman of Firsts

By Deborah O’Rell Patricia Roberts Harris: Lawyer, political adviser, activist and wife It appears little has been written about this woman of firsts. Born in 1924 to working class parents, her father a dining car waiter, and attended Chicago public schools. She...