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Women in Madison that make the 608 great

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us.

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We’re kicking off Women’s History Month by highlighting a few women who have had a positive influence on the 608.

Lisa Peyton
In 2012, Lisa founded the Foundation For Black Women’s Wellness. This locally-based nonprofit aims to eliminate obstacles — such as health disparities — that Black women face. She has won a myriad of awards for her community involvement and her annual summit, Black Women’s Wellness Day, brings together hundreds of women to support one another in prioritizing health.

Tammy Baldwin
Born and raised in Madison, Baldwin was the first openly gay woman elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the first woman in either of Wisconsin’s chambers. Her advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights landed her on Queerty’s 2020 Pride50 list which honors those who are leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people.

Angela Fitzgerald
Originally from the D.C. area, Angela moved to Madison in 2014 and has since planted strong roots personally, professionally, and educationally. Not only is she the associate dean for the School of Academic Advancement at Madison College, but Angela also hosts “Wisconsin Life” and “Why Race Matters” on PBS Wisconsin. A few months ago, she was recognized on Madison365’s Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders list.

Ada Deer
Ada was the first Menominee tribe member to graduate from UW Madison. After receiving an M.S.W. from Columbia, she contributed to the Menominee Restoration Act of 1972 which gave federal recognition to the Menominee Reservation. The political activist, educator, and social worker eventually returned to UW Madison to teach, become director of the American Indian Studies Program from 2000-200, and receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.