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Louisiana’s Trailblazing Women

Women's Suffrage Party in Louisiana

 

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the LDMA is highlighting the stories of Louisiana’s Trailblazing Women!  All of these women have made their mark in Louisiana and beyond in diverse fields, including government, the arts, science, business, and the military.  Start learning more about their lives and accomplishments in these LPB stories:

 

Governor Kathleen Blanco

 

Kathleen Blanco

Watch a 2019 LPB documentary honoring the life, career, and legacy of Louisiana’s first female governor.

 

 

Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet

 

Lindy Boggs

View a 2006 LPB documentary chronicling the life and career of the first Louisiana woman elected to Congress.

 

 

Ella Brennan

 

Ella Brennan

See a 1998 Louisiana Legends interview with the late owner of Commander’s Palace Restaurant in New Orleans. 

 

 

Brigadier General Sherian Cadoria

 

Sherian Cadoria

Watch a profile of Brigadier General Cadoria, the first African American woman to reach the rank of General in the United States Army.

 

 

 

Author Kate Chopin

 

Kate Chopin

View a 1998 LPB documentary on the 19th century Louisiana author, best known for The Awakening.

 

 

 

Artist Clyde Connell

 

Clyde Connell

See a 1984 visit to the studio of the world-renowned sculptor as she prepared for a one-woman show in New York City.

 

 

 

Forester Caroline Dormon

 

Caroline Dormon

Learn more about the career of Louisiana’s first female forester and her role in creating the Louisiana State Arboretum.

 

 

Artist Caroline Durieux

 

Caroline Durieux

Watch a 1978 interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In with the New Orleans artist, best known for her satirical lithographs. 

 

 

Ruth Fertel

 

Ruth Fertel

View a 1998 Louisiana Legends interview with the founder of the Ruth’s Chris Streak House restaurant chain.

 

 

Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez

 

Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez

Watch a 2017 profile of the physicist and spokesperson for LIGO and their discovery of gravitational waves.

 

Author Shirley Ann Grau

 

Shirley Ann Grau

View a 1982 Louisiana Legends interview with the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Keepers of the House.

 

 

Catherine

 

Catherine “Kitty” Kimball

See a 2013 Louisiana Legends interview with the first woman elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

 

 

Mary Landrieu

 

Mary Landrieu

Watch a 1980 profile from Louisiana: The State We’re In of the first Louisiana woman elected to the United States Senate.

 

 

 

Alligator Annie Miller

 

Annie Miller

Tag along with “Alligator” Annie Miller, one of Louisiana’s first swamp tour operators, for a boat ride around Terrebonne Parish.  

 

 

 

To see more stories, check out the complete Women’s History Month topic and our past blog posts remembering Kathleen Blanco, Leah Chase, and Cokie Roberts.