Our team is thrilled to announce that UNLADYLIKE has received funding from Utah Humanities! Utah Humanities (UH) empowers groups and individuals to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities. The grant will support research on two trailblazing women from Utah - Martha Hughes Cannon and Zitkála-Šá - and to organize two public events presenting our research on these women. We look forward to doing this exciting work! Below is some info about these amazing women:
Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) came from a Welsh-born immigrant family that traveled West with the Mormon Church to settle in Utah in the 1860s. After obtaining a medical degree and working as a physician, she became the fourth of six wives in a polygamous marriage, during the height of a national crackdown on polygamy. In 1896, she was elected the country’s first female state senator, defeating her own husband who was also on the ballot. A leader in Utah’s women’s suffrage movement, she helped put women’s suffrage into the state’s constitution, and also set up Utah’s first board of health and food safety laws.
Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938), aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a Native American musician, educator, and civil rights activist who lived on the Ute Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah for 14 years. You can find more about her amazing accomplishments and life, in the post above!