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Christian Friends for Racial Equality

The Christian Friends for Racial Equality (CFRE) was a pioneering civil rights organization in Seattle from 1942 through 1970. The interracial and interfaith group sought education and social interac...

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CityClub (Seattle)

In 1980, eight women seeking to contribute to the community's civic dialogue got together to form the nucleus of CityClub in Seattle. At the time, many civic organizations, such as Rotary Internationa...

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Claire, Nancy (b. 1943)

Once upon a time in the Pacific Northwest, the region's early rock 'n' roll scene boasted but a few teenage female singers -- and of those first-generation rockers, it would be the Kent Valley area's ...

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Columbia Maternal Association

The Columbia Maternal Association -- the first women's club in what is now Washington state -- was organized in 1838 by the wives of six pioneer missionaries. Only two of the women were mothers at the...

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Conklin, Mary Ann (1821-1873) aka Mother Damnable

Mary Ann Conklin ran Seattle's first hotel, the Felker House, at Main Street and 1st Avenue S. Her profane vocabulary and fiery temper earned her the moniker "Mother Damnable" which later transmuted i...

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Connelly, Dolly (1913-1995)

Dolly Connelly was a journalist and photographer in the Pacific Northwest. As a stringer for Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated, she covered topics that included the new outdoor recreational activitie...

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Croake, Nena Jolidon (1865-1934)

Nena Jolidon Croake of Tacoma was one of the first two women elected to serve in the Washington State Legislature, serving between 1913 and 1915. She promoted minimum wage and mothers' pension legisla...

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Crosby, Bing (1903-1977) and Mildred Bailey (1907-1951), Spokane's Jazz Royalty

The music careers of a couple of the twentieth century's most significant singing stars -- Bing "The King of the Crooners" Crosby and Mildred "That Princess of Rhythm" Bailey -- are so intertwined tha...

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Culver, Ida (1875-1936)

Ida Culver was a Seattle Public Schools elementary teacher, a founding member of the Seattle Education Auxiliary, first president of the Seattle Teachers Finance Association (or Seattle Teacher's Cred...

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Dabney, Ellen Powell (1861-1937) and Washington's Home Economics Movement

Ellen Powell Dabney, founding president of the Washington State Home Economics Association, came to Seattle in 1907 to teach at the new Lincoln High School, and at the age of 46 began a career in educ...

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DeCoster, Dotty (1944-2015)

Dotty Beum DeCoster was a longtime community activist, researcher, writer, and historian based in Seattle. Over her lifetime she turned her considerable organizational and administrative skills to the...

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Des Moines Memorial Way South, Women's Memorial

Following World War I, the Seattle Garden Club worked with veterans organizations to plant some 1,400 elm trees along Des Moines Memorial Way S, dedicating each one to a fallen veteran. In a separate ...

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