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Famously quoted as saying “My theory is, strong people don’t need strong leaders,” Ella Baker (1903-1986) was a prominent civil rights leader in the 1930s whose role was mostly behind the scenes. She was involved in the groundbreaking organizations of the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee alongside other influential leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr. She helped shape the Civil Rights movement and molded the minds of future activists, including Diane Nash and Rosa Parks, while she worked tirelessly for over 50 years fighting for equality. A true inspiration, Baker proved you don’t need to be famous to make a difference. For more information link:

Take time to search for more women during black history month.  There are many web sites that will share names, challenges, and wins.


To learn more about the important contributions of women to Ohio’s history, visit

.Resources on violence against women can be found at

 Take the opportunity to visit The National Women’s History Project at for more information.

For a suffrage music video: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage –


OWI  was founded in 1977 to bring women together to foster cooperation and collaboration to improve the lives of women and girls in Ohio.  OWI has promoted equality for Ohio women, recognized women leaders making a difference, and created resources to foster equal opportunity. The purpose of the OWI site looking to help women and girls in numerous ways.

  •  A list of women’s organizations in Ohio will increase networking opportunities.  Besides designating one page for the total collection of organizations, we have divided them into categories: health, sports, employment, spiritual, advocacy/political, ending violence education, and entertainment.  Certain organizations are listed in more than one category.
  • A calendar of events concerning women’s and girl’s events is also provided on the site in order to foster the communication and involvement of all Ohio women and girls. OWI provides you with the date, location, organizers, cost and more information provided by the organizations.
  • OWI invites you to also view the history of Ohio Women’s, Inc. in order to learn more about our organization and how it has developed its mission for women and girls throughout the years.
  • Information on joining state boards and commissions focuses on gaining equality in Ohio’s government click web page.
  • Finally, the Janet Orrtung-Morrow Fund is an organization that offers grants to women and girls in Ohio.  In the future, look for the web pages that will explain more about  Dr. Orrtung-Morrow and her fund.


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