Visit our calendar of  events for women and girls around the State of Ohio on business, education, entertainmant, equality, health, political, and spirituality.    



The state of Ohio needs more women on their boards and commissions.  View to find out information on the boards/commissions, why women are needed and how to apply.


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Women need to network and move forward together.  For a list of women and girl organizations found in Ohio look here.  Groups include sports, spirituality, equality, health, and entertainment.


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equal rights amendment

Equal Rights Amendment (complete text)

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification

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October Highlights in U.S. Women’s History

  • October 3, 1904 – Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • October 4, 1976 – Barbara Walters becomes the first woman co-anchor of the evening news (at ABC)
  • October 4, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins the U.S. Supreme Court as its second woman Justice
  • October 8, 1993 – Toni Morrison becomes the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • October 10, 1983 – Dr. Barbara McClintock receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine for her discovery in genetics about mobile genetic elements
  • October 11, 1984 – Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan is the first U.S. woman astronaut to “walk” in space during Challenger flight
  • October 15, 1948 – Dr. Frances L. Willoughby is the first woman doctor in the regular U.S. Navy
  • October 16, 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens the U.S.’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York
  • October 23, 1910 – Blanche Stuart Scott is the first American woman pilot to make a public flight
  • October 24, 1956 – Reverend Margaret Towner is the first woman ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church
  • October 28, 1958 – Mary Roebling is the first woman director of a stock exchange (American Stock Exchange)
    Mary Roebling

    Mary Roebling

    Mary Gindhart was born in West Collingswood, New Jersey on July 29, 1905.[2] She attended public schools in Moorestown and Haddonfield. She married musician Arthur Herbert in her teens and had a daughter. He died three years later. She then worked in Philadelphia at an investment house while taking night classes in business administration and merchandising at the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

    Her second husband, Siegfried Roebling, died in 1936 and left her Trenton Trust stock. She took his seat on a Trenton Trust Company board. She was elected president of the board on January 21, 1937, and became the first woman to serve as president of a major American bank. She served as either president or chair of the board until 1972 when the bank merged with National State.[1] She then chaired the combined banks until 1984.[3] From 1958 to 1962, she was governor of the American Stock Exchange. She was their first woman governor.[1]

    Through several administrations, Roebling served as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army. She was made president of the new Army War College Foundation in 1978. That year she also founded Women’s Bank N.A. in Denver and chaired its board until 1983.[1]

    She died on October 25, 1994 of renal failure at her home in Trenton.[1]

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

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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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