About This Project
The Women City Builders project began in 2001. Inspired by the city’s celebration of Portland’s 150th anniversary, students and faculty in the Women’s Studies department at Portland State University decided to research roles women have played in making Portland the city it is today. Since that time, many students and community scholars have volunteered their time to research different women’s contributions. As we learned about individual women, we also became interested in the civic organizations that women have created over the years. Since 2006, PSU students have researched women or women’s organizations by enrolling in the Monumental Women Senior Capstone.
The women presented here were chosen because their lives and accomplishments “spoke to” one of us. Another group of researchers might have presented other women to honor. There are many more women’s stories that need to be told.If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us.Special thanks to Safa Ghnaim, who created the Women City Builders logo and the template for the website as her senior project at Cleveland High School.