Wyoming Humanities Partners with Wyoming Women’s Foundation for Statewide Project

Date: November 6, 2019
Contact: Emy diGrappa
Emy@ThinkWY.org | 307-699-2680


Laramie, WY – The goal of the First, But Last? podcast is to amplify women’s issues and elevate the state’s conversation about women’s equality and to be a resource for organizations and individuals seeking to support women’s equality in Wyoming. This statewide project commemorates the 150th anniversary of Wyoming granting women suffrage and features Wyoming women and their experiences as women in the “Equality State.”

Wyoming Humanities is honored to announce new funding and support of this statewide project from the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. Launched in early 2019, this podcast publishes weekly episodes and will continue until September 2020. First, But Last? is already popular, and is building a long narrative arc with stories from women of all ages sharing their perspective about how their life reflects our state’s progress, or lack of it, toward equality with men. How can it be that in a state that was the very first to permanently grant women equality with men with regard to voting and serving in public office we find ourselves with the highest gap in pay equity and one of the lowest percentages of women serving in elected office? What’s happened since 1869? Instead of just celebrating how great our state was for granting women suffrage before any other state or territory, we want to acknowledge this very important part of our heritage while encouraging a deep dialogue about disparities in equity between women and men.

We have an ongoing list of women to be interviewed and to date of this press release our interviews include:
Justice Margaret McKeown: One Of The Most Influential Women Lawyers in the U.S. began her career as a trailblazing attorney
Rev. Bernadine Craft: Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams, The Journey Is Rewarding
Entrepreneur Sara Flitner: Practice Mindfulness At Home, In The Workplace, And Around The Community
Susan Stubson: Professional Pianist, Attorney and 6th Generation Wyomingite
Dr. Susan Dewey: The Intersections Between Poverty, Violence and Women In Prison
CEO Brook Kaufman: Instigating Constructive And Meaningful Change
Leticia Liera: Head Start Program Director Influencing Positive Change For Young Latina Women
Judge Nancy Guthrie: Effervescent, Ebullient And Always Has A Good Story To Tell
Becca Steinhoff: A Vision And Voice For Young Children In Wyoming
Entrepreneur Amber Pollack: A Propensity For The Unusual
Sarah Sample: Singer Songwriter Talking About Purpose And Womanhood
Kristin Wilkerson: Equality Is Not A Female Issue; It’s A Social And Economic Imperative
Robin Hill: Wyoming Was First – Let’s Not Forget It!
Sara Burlingame: An Open Mind Leads to Civil Conversations Even When We Can’t Agree
Laura Griffith: Reality And Hope In Addiction Recovery And The Many Pathways To Healing
Sarah Jo Sinclair: #METOO Movement Is An Opportunity For Conversations To Talk About Experiences Women Have Had For Generations
Kristen Czban: Publisher and Tenacious Journalist Believes In Community And Empowering Women
Justice Marilyn Kite: Wyoming’s First Female Supreme Court Justice
Mariann Foster: Making a Life, Not a Living: A Single Parent’s Journey
Clarene Law: Self-Made Business Woman Who Leads With Her Heart
Mandy Fabel: Embracing Challenges, Change And Leadership In Wyoming
Natalia Duncan Macker: On The Convergence Of Arts And Politics
Audrey Cotherman: 89, A Wyoming Writer And Voice Of Wisdom And Humor
Diane Shober: A Woman With A Passion And Purpose For Wyoming
Tara Baker: Sexual Harassment in the Wild Land Firefighting Communities
Jennifer Wilmetti: Creating Awareness and Paths of Opportunity for Women in Wyoming
Bobbi Birleffi: EMMY-Award Winning Producer/Director With Wyoming Roots
Maggie Murdoch – Caring For Each Student Creates Passion For Learning
Caroline Mills – The Quiet, Persistent Spirit of A Shoshone Woman on the Wind River Reservation

First, But Last? Podcast – Women’s Stories in the Equality State “Wyoming”

Listen on these channels and more!
• Stream on the thinkWY.org website
• Subscribe on iTunes (iPhone and Mac users)
• Subscribe on GooglePlay (Android users)

Our Long-term Mission: Strengthening Wyoming’s Democracy through the Humanities
Our Five-Year Vision: Enhancing the Wyoming Narrative to Promote Engaged Communities

Wyoming Humanities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is our state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Our purpose is to use the humanities to strengthen our democracy, enhance the Wyoming narrative, and promote engaged communities. We are a statewide organization that strives to serve all 23 counties and 99 communities of Wyoming every year. To learn more about Wyoming Humanities go to ThinkWY.org

Established in 1999, the Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF) makes grants and spearheads initiatives that benefit women and girls as well as our communities overall. As a statewide leader dedicated to promoting women and girls, we leverage funds through our endowment, and grantmaking is focused on lasting change. The mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation is to invest in the economic self-sufficiency of women and opportunities for girls in Wyoming.

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