Founded in 1891, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and storied history. The Historical Society offers a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and lifelong learners, as well as operating the State History Research Center and the Washington State History Museum.

The Women's History Consortium is a Washington State Historical Society-led initiative dedicated to preserving and making available resources about Washington women’s history. 


During the 2018 legislative session, the Governor's Women's Commission was established to improve the well being of women by assisting them in obtaining governmental services, promoting equal compensation and supporting fairness in employment.  

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Women's Commission

Dawn Rains, MPA, CFRE, has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and legislative advocacy. For nine years, she has been a key leader at Treehouse, a nonprofit organization with a mission of giving foster kids a childhood and a future. As chief policy and strategy officer, Dawn leads policy, government affairs and national strategy. She previously served as Treehouse’s chief operating officer and as director of development and marketing. 

Dawn is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. She has been actively involved in the Women’s Funding Alliance for two decades, an organization that advances leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls in Washington. She has served on its board of directors for 13 years. 

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Women's Commission

Michelle Y. Merriweather became the president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle in February 2018. She has been an active volunteer for the National Urban League since 2006. She became the first woman president of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals in 2009 and was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Urban League in 2011. Prior to changing her career to follow her passion for advocating for African Americans and under-served communities, she had a successful career in sales and marketing with major organizations such as Starbucks, Heinz and Coca Cola. 

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Women's Commission

Tara Fairfield, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She is the regional administrator for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, covering 13 counties in Western Washington. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for graduate programs at Northern Arizona University and Northwest University and as the director for Conciliation Services with Coconino County Superior Court. Altogether, she has more than 30 years of experience providing leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors advocating for women and vulnerable populations.​

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Women's Commission

Jackie Boschok is vice chair of the Green River College Board of Trustees. Prior to her retirement in 2010, she worked for The Boeing Company as a materials processor and in support of airplane incident repair teams, and then as a business representative for Aerospace Machinists Union District 751.

Boschok is currently president of the 751 Retirement Club as well as president of the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans. She also serves as a vice president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Previously, she served on several boards, including the United Way of Snohomish County, Snohomish County Labor Council and National Executive Board of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.



Washington State Historical Society

Elisa Law holds a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Washington and has been working in the arts and heritage sector of the Puget Sound region for nearly a decade.

Prior to coming on board as the Women's Suffrage Centennial Coordinator for the Washington State Historical Society, she managed the national photography initiative Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America, researched and wrote the Unsettled~Resettled: Seattle's Hunt Hotel exhibit and publication with the Northwest Nikkei Museum, and served in Peace Corps Samoa as an educator and village based development worker.



Washington Women Lawyers

Carolyn Ladd is a Vice President of Washington Women Lawyers. She has been an attorney at The Boeing Company for the past 20 years where her practice focuses on compliance with equal employment opportunity laws.


She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of Oregon, and an LL.M. (Labor Law) from Georgetown University. She has been a supporter of gender equity since 1973 when her mother took her to a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Olympia City Councilmember

Lisa Parshley currently serves on Olympia City Council, position #5. She also serves on Finance Committee, Land Use and Environment Committee, Joint Animal Services Committee, LOTT Board of Directors, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (Alternate), Thurston County Climate Mitigation Steering Committee, Downton Investment District exploratory working group, and as PBIA Liaison Board.  In the future she will be serving on the newly formed regional sea level rise working group and Squaxin Tribal and city ad hoc working group. Her term is 2018-2021.


Dr Parshley earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Oregon Healthy Sciences University, finished post-doctoral at University of Washington, worked as a research scientist for the Immunex Corporation for two years. In 2003 she received a DVM from Colorado State University, completed a small animal internship at Cornell University, a medical oncology residency at Michigan State University, and is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (oncology). She currently owns and works at the Olympia Veterinary Specialty Referral Center.

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Women's History Consortium

Patty is a mom, attorney, and long-time community advocate. She was first appointed to the House of Representatives in September of 2015 and won her first election to retain the seat the following year. In January 2017, Patty was again unanimously appointed by the King County Council to fill the vacant Senate seat in the 48th Legislative District. She now represents her constituents as their first female state Senator.

Patty believes that health care is a right and was fortunate enough to be asked to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and sits on the Financial Institutions & Insurance and Labor & Commerce Committees.

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Women's History Consortium

Sue Lean first became active on historical events in 1970 when the League of Women Voters celebrated its founding and the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. Sue has worked on state and community events focusing on the U.S. Constitution, the first Presidency, Washington statehood, and Women's Equality Day. Special features have included lectures, parades, ice cream socials and interpretive exhibits developed both professionally and as a volunteer. More recently Sue was the historic image researcher for The State We're In: Washington, a guide to state, tribal and local government published by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund.

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Women's History Consortium

Former Senator Karen Fraser is a life-long resident of Washington. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. She worked for the Department of Highways, Department of Health, Office of Community Development/Planning and Community Affairs Agency, Employment Security Department, Washington State House of Representatives for twelve years and intermittently teaches in the Public Administration Program at The Evergreen State College.

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Women's History Consortium

At Western Washington University since 1992, and with three years prior to that in another small liberal arts college on tenure-track, Friday's scholarly and teaching principally engages the histories of race and region with specific emphases on Indigenous Peoples Histories, Asian American Histories, and Pacific Northwest History. Friday has also directed WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies between 1998 and 2008, been History Department Chair, and won national awards for his scholarship as well as university awards for service and leadership. 

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Women's History Consortium

Shanna Stevenson holds a B.A. History and Education, Gonzaga University, 1971, Masters of Public Administration, The Evergreen State College, 1986. Since 1986 she has worked as the Assistant and Historic Preservation Officer for Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County.


She is the author of several local history publications including: Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater: A Pictorial History, The Donning Company, Norfolk, Va: 1985, revised edition, 1996 and a contributor to The River Remembers: A History of Tumwater, 1845-1995, Donning, 1995. She was the recipient of the Washington State Capital Museum Peace and Friendship Award in 1993; the Robert Gray Award from Washington State Historical Society in 2002; and the Washington State Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award, 2003.



KD Hall Foundation

KD Hall holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Broadcasting Journalism, MBA, and Master in Adult Education—Leadership and Training.


She co-founded her communications firm KD Hall Communications, LLC in 2013 and has since been extremely impactful across corporate and government sectors. Her communications firm specializes in public relations, storytelling, and organizational development. KD also co-founded KD Hall Foundation in 2015.

KD serves as President-elect of the Seattle Globalist, is a member of the Washington State Women’s Commission, a 2019 Cohort Women on the Watch recipient from the 425 Magazine, and author of an upcoming book Women in the Wage Gap.