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"Oklahoma Women"  presented to employees of the 
Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
by Jean Warner on  Tuesday, March 27, 2012


In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. There are chapters in Altus, Ardmore, Edmond, Langston, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Stillwater, and Tulsa.

AAUW has branches in Ada, Alva, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Chickasha, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Enid, Goodwell-Panhandle Area, Lawton-Fort Sill, Midwest city-Del City, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Seminole, South Oklahoma City-Moore, Stillwater, TahlequahTulsa, and Weatherford.

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Bartlesville Women's Network supports women through education and self-actualization; communication among groups focused on women's issues, and between Women's Network and the public; initiation and coordination of action for improving the status of women; and education of the community regarding women's issues and concerns.

There are several chapters in Oklahoma including 2 alumnae chapters and several undergraduate chapters. Founded in 1913 at Howard University, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately black college-educated women with 900 chapters. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. Locally, for example, the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter was Charted on April 10, 1938 and has been an active voice in Oklahoma's Legislature, raising AIDS awareness, promoting voter registration and helping youth reach their educational goals.

FEW is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization founded in 1968 to support the full implementation of the Federal Women's Program, a government program to enhance the employment opportunities and advancement of women. FEW is the only national organization concerned with both furthering the potential of women and eliminating sex discrimination in the government (federal, state and local).

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma serves 10,500 girls and volunteers in 30 eastern Oklahoma Counties. Their jurisdiction stretches across approximately 30,000 square miles. The headquarters is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, Inc. serves 39 counties in western Oklahoma. It is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

The Journal Record newspaper is an award-winning daily general business and legal newspaper that focuses on local business trends in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities. The newspaper sponsors a Woman of the Year banquet each September.

League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a non-profit law firm serving low-income and elderly Oklahomans who have civil legal problems through offices throughout the state and attorneys assigned to every county in Oklahoma.

This women's professional association provides resources and services - through education, networking, and public advocacy - to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. NAFE is owned by Working Mother Media. There are chapters in Duncan and Oklahoma City.

While the NE Oklahoma Chapter is based in Tulsa, the Central Oklahoma Chapter is based in Oklahoma City.

National Association of Women Business Owners is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women business owners across all industries.

Established in 2001, N.E.W. (National Education for Women's) Leadership is a program designed to address the historic under-representation of women in politics and positions of leadership. Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma 's Carl Albert Congressional Research & Studies Center, the program's mission is to educate, inspire, and empower women to become political leaders. Designed for undergraduate women throughout Oklahoma, N.E.W. Leadership has graduated 166 women representing twenty-seven colleges. The program connects students to outstanding women elected officials, policy makers and community activists during 5 days of intensive classes and workshops.

NOW has a chapter in Oklahoma City, Norman, Stillwater and Tulsa.

The National Women Law Students' Association OCU Chapter strives to address special concerns, both social and political, in a forum of women in law school, as well as in the legal profession.

The OBA’s Women In Law Committee is a forum for continuing legal education and camaraderie among the female members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. However, the issues presented at the annual conferences are not issues relevant solely to females. The Women In Law Committee holds regular committee meetings and an annual conference. This year’s conference is scheduled for October 28 in Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Coalition is the professional membership organization of domestic violence and sexual assault service providers. Services are available to the public and include training and education, resource library and clearinghouse, legal advocacy project, systems advocacy and referral to services during business hours.

Created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1994, the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women acts as an advisory entity on equity issues relating to gender bias; monitors legislation to determine whether it is discriminatory toward one gender or the other; acts as a resource and a clearinghouse for research on issues related to women and gender bias; and makes recommendations concerning needed legislation or regulatory changes relating to equity and gender bias.

Founded in 1919, the Oklahoma Federation of Business Women, Inc. has local chapters in twenty-five communities across Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women is composed of 32 clubs and over 1300 women. 

Local HCE groups are organized at the community or local level for the purpose of studying family and consumer sciences and putting into practice research-based methods for improving family life.

The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a newly established nonpartisan statewide corporation that advances the potential and equity of Oklahoma women and girls. The primary focus of the Coalition is to advance the potential of women and girls through education and advocacy. It supports specific legislation and policies that advance the Coalition’s mission. The coalition hosts an Advocacy Day at the Capitol each spring that lets members become more involved in and knowledgeable about the legislative process.

The Oklahoma Nurses Association is the professional organization for nurses in the state. Its mission is to serve the educational, informational, professional and advocacy needs of all nurses.

The Women's Archives was formally established in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in 1995. Collections that document women's lives in Oklahoma are of particular interest. SCUA currently holds about forty collections which document the activities of organizations and the lives of individuals and families

W.R.C. is a nonpolitical information center for women that provides information that will help, empower, and inform women of all religions, political persuasions, beliefs, ages, colors and cultures.

OSU offers a number of courses within the general topic area of Women's Studies each semester.

Oklahoma Women in Higher Education is a part of the Office of Women in Higher Education, which, in turn, is under the auspices of the American Council on Education Network. It hosts an annual conference for women across the state to come together to discuss issues of higher education gender equity.

The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization recognizes the contributions Oklahoma's daughters have made in defense of the nation. They maintain a network of women veterans and organizations in Oklahoma and keep women veterans abreast of changes in veteran benefits and other programs.

The Women's Outreach Center empowers women and the OU community by building bridges, educating, supporting and offering resources and services in a safe environment.

Pipeline Project (an Oklahoma women's campaign school)
Run by N.E.W. Leadership, the Pipeline Project is designed to provide women with tools they can use to step up their political and civic engagement including running for public office. 

PWC is a nonprofit collaborative organization of representatives from area hospitals, mammography facilities, city, county and state agencies, community-based organizations, physicians, nurses, and breast cancer survivors who share a common goal: To increase breast cancer awareness, to provide access to screening and diagnostic services and to improve the breast health of Oklahoma women.

Women's Business Center (WBC) is the result of a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration to assist rural Oklahoma's enterprising women wanting to explore the opportunities of starting a business or expanding and improving an existing business. It serves 21 rural counties in the southeastern quadrant of Oklahoma.

The Society of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.

Spirits of Hope (formerly Oklahoma Native American Domestic Violence Coalition) This coalition educates, unites and empowers tribal communities in Oklahoma to assure the safety of women and children within their jurisdictions.

University of Central Oklahoma Women's Studies The Women’s Studies minor at the University of Central Oklahoma showcases the scholarship and creativity of women through a number of academic disciplines.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to enhance the student’s knowledge of gender roles and relations across cultures and history. Women’s and Gender Studies courses investigate the intersection of gender and such diverse phenomena as music, art, war, political activism, religion, communication, family life, and popular cult

TU’s women’s studies program offers interdisciplinary and cross-cultural courses that examine women's lives, experiences, and works as well as gender relations, including masculinity studies.

Women of the SouthWomen of the South was founded in 1995, by nine Southside Oklahoma City residents who had a vision to create a non-profit organization comprised of women helping other women.

REI's Women's Business Center (WBC) is the result of a cooperative agreement with the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. It assists Oklahoma's enterprising women wanting to explore the opportunities of starting or expanding a business. Through offices in Durant and Oklahoma City, clients receive FREE one-on-one business counseling, publicity through REI marketing efforts and more.

The Women's International Network of Utility Professionals is an organization providing a link for developing and recognizing professionals involved with utility business trends, issues, products and services.

Services provided by the YWCA Enid include a crisis center, court advocacy, a children's learning center, a halfway house and parenting education.

The Oklahoma City YWCA operates numerous programs including a rape crisis center, a 24-hour hospital advocate service, the only shelter in Oklahoma City exclusively serving women and children who are the victims of family violence, a child care center, health and fitness programs and more.

The YWCA Tulsa strives to empower and unite women through programs ranging from health and wellness, career counseling and child care to immigration and refugee programs.

Zonta Club of Central Oklahoma Zonta International is a global service organization of executives in  business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

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Here is a list of just a few of the museums that celebrate American women. If you know of others that should be listed here, email me (see icon at bottom of page) and let me know! Thanks. JS

99 Museum of Women Pilots - Oklahoma City, OK
Florida Museum for Women Artists - Deland, FL
International Women's Air and Space Museum - Cleveland, OH
International Museum of Women - San Francisco, CA
History of Women's Basketball - Online
Museum of Women's History - Billings, MT
National Cowgirls Museum and Hall of fame - Fort Forth, TX
National Museum of Women in the Arts - Washington, DC
National WASP World War II Museum - Sweetwater, TX
National Women's Hall of Fame - Seneca Falls, NY
National Women's History Museum - proposed for Washington, DC
Pioneer Woman Museum - Ponca City, OK
San Diego Women's History Museum & Educational Center - San Diego, CA
Texas Women's Hall of Fame - Denton, TX
The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum - Washington, DC
The Women's Museum - Dallas, TX
US Army Women's Museum - Fort Lee, VA
Women at Work Museum - Attleboro, MA
Women of the West Museum - Online
Women's Rights National Historical Park - Seneca Falls, NY