UNM Black Alumni Chapter Oral History Project
In 2015, Barbara Brown Simmons, cofounder and President of the UNM Alumni Association Black Alumni Chapter, initiated an oral history project which produced 10 video interviews with Black alumni of UNM.
In UNM's Digital Repository are the transcripts and video interviews with Brown Simmons herself, the first Black woman to graduate from the UNM School of Law (in 1974), the first Black woman admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico, and a former criminal defense attorney; Angela J. Jewell, retired district court judge; and Rita Ann Turfley Powdrell, Albuquerque businesswoman and Director of the Board of the African-American Museum & Cultural Center.
In 1976 the Albuquerque chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) held an exhibit at The Albuquerque Museum to honor the contributions of women to the history, culture and politics of New Mexico. All of the women were 19th and 20th century women who were not all New Mexico natives, but who lived here and contributed to the artistic, political, and educational life of the state.
An ongoing statewide coalition project to recognize the contributions of women to New Mexico with highway markers. View the complete list of markers.
This beautiful set of 12 full-color posters highlights the remarkable achievements of 12 Latina women, their courage, compassion and contributions in helping shape American life. The posters are inspiration tools for schools and colleges, community groups, organizations and homes. Each poster consists of a photographic image (photographs by Idaljiza Liz-Lepiorz) and a quotation by one of the women. The subjects include: Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Miriam Colón, Antonia Hernández, Dolores Huerta, Tania León, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Adriana Ocampo, Antonia Pantoja, Helen Rodríguez-Trias, Ana Sol Gutiérrez, and Nydia Velázquez. The posters were produced by the Bread and Roses Cultural Project, to accompany the videorecording "Women of Hope: Latinas abriendo camino: 12 ground-breaking Latina women."
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Celebrates Strong Native Women 2018
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center dedicated each day in March 2018 to strong Native women! Click the links below to view their individual posts.
Verna Teller-Williamson, Isleta Pueblo, first female Pueblo Governor
Lucy M. Lewis, Acoma Pueblo, one of the most famous Pueblo potters of the 20th century
Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo, one of the most influential Native Americans of the 20th century
Esther Martinez, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, linguist and storyteller dedicated to preserving the Tewa language
Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo, world-renowned artist; her biography is also part of the AAUW's 1976 Women in New Mexico Exhibit
Helen Hardin, Santa Clara Pueblo, award-winning artist and daughter of Pablita Velarde
Stella Teller, Isleta Pueblo, creator of innovative colorful pottery works and designer of the IPCC's logo
Helen Cordero, Cochiti Pueblo, creator of the first Storyteller figure
Kathleen Wall, Jemez Pueblo, respected installation artist and potter
Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo, fashion designer and 2011 Project Runway first runner-up
Amy G. Cisneros, Isleta Pueblo, IPCC Collections Specialist (BFA from UNM)
Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, candidate for U.S. Congress
Monique Fragua, Jemez Pueblo, IPCC Vice President of Operations
Marla Allison, Laguna Pueblo, award-winning painter
Nampey of Hano, Hopi, renowned potter
Dawn Weston, Hopi, Navajo, Choctaw, IPCC/IPMI accounting team
Michelle Ondelacy, Zuni Pueblo, IPCC/IPMI accounting team
Channing Concho (Channy Bee), Hopi, Acoma and Laguna, supervisor at Pueblo Harvest Café
Doña Luz Jiménez, Nahua, artist model for many famous Mexican muralists
LaDonna Harris, politician and national leader
Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo, acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist
Lozen, Chiricahua Apache, warrior, military strategist, midwife and medicine woman.
Stephanie Oyenque, Acoma Pueblo, Cultural Education Specialist at IPCC
"Mama T" Laticia Chavez, San Felipe Pueblo, traditional baker for Pueblo Harvest Café
Katherine Augustine, Laguna Pueblo, nurse and health educator
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk and Algonquin, the first North American Indian canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church
Felice Lucero, San Felipe Pueblo, BFA UNM 1979, celebrated artist and educator
Thank you to Vina Begay, Archivist and Librarian, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, for letting us know about these materials.