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19th Amendment & Women's History

19th Amendment & Women's History

Margaret Vale (Mrs. George Howe), niece of President Woodrow Wilson representing Alaska in a suffrage parade in New York, Oct. 1915.

Women have made significant contributions to Alaska's National Public Lands. Their illustrious ranks include:
  • Self-sufficient and homesteading women like Katie John, an Ahtna Athabaskan leader who spent her life fighting for subsistence rights and the preservation of her culture.
  • Leaders in science and conservation, such as Margaret (Mardy) Murie, a major contributor to the passage of the Wilderness Act, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
  • Entrepreneurs like Changunak Antisarlook Andrewuk, aka Mary, owner of the largest reindeer herd in Alaska, following her legal win that allowed women and Natives to inherit property.
  • Innovative female stampeders, including Shaaw Tláa, also known as Kate Carmack, whose group discovered gold at Rabbit Creek and started the Klondike Gold Rush.
We celebrate these women through educational products and publications that highlight women's fights and successes throughout history in Alaska. Learn more about Alaskan women making history here.
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