University of Arizona

Legacies of the Past

Historic Women of Arizona

Photo of Jan Cleere

Author and historian Jan Cleere delivers the third and final lecture in the AZ Centennial Lecture Series being held in conjunction with Special Collections' yearlong exhibition Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State.

From artists and healers, teachers and entrepreneurs, women who plowed the land, and those who were instrumental in establishing laws for the new territory of Arizona, many of these women became known for their fortitude in the face of adversity, their confrontation of extraordinary and sometimes dangerous situations, their adventuresome spirit, and their dedication to improving the lives of others. Cleere explores how women of Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Anglo descent left deep roots across Arizona Territory. Some of these women gained a degree of celebrity across the state, within their communities, and throughout their tribal regions. Others may be relatively unknown.

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