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Listing of Indiana's Trailblazing Women
in the 2000 Calendar

Cover of Indiana's Trailblazing Women, year 2000
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For the past several years Judy Singleton, a businesswoman and former editor of Indianapolis Woman magazine, has been researching the achievements of Hoosier women for a book she plans to publish in the future. More than 250 women who were the first to break a gender barrier in the state or across the country responded.

The photo on the cover of the 2000 calendar was taken in 1943 at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, in front of an open cockpit training plane. Shown are World War II Women Air Force Service Pilots Margaret Monroe, Fran Greene, Wilma Morehead, and Indiana Trailblazer Margaret Ray Ringenberg.

Photo provided by Margaret Ray Ringenberg.

These are the women selected for the 2000 calendar:

Women in the 2000 Engagement Calendar:
Sharon Baxter
1987 First woman in the world to join Kiwanis International (Meridian Hills Club, Indianapolis)
Jinsie Scott Bingham
1977 First woman to purchase an Indiana radio station (WJNZ in Greencastle)
Katrina Blackwell
1997 First woman president of American Red Ball Transit Company
Barbara Boyd
1969 First African-American woman on television news in Indiana (WRTV-6 in Indianapolis)
Diane Brashear
1974 Co-founder and first president of the board of directors of Big sisters of Central Indiana
1994 Co-founder and first chair of the Women's Fund of Central Indiana
Sally Jacobs Brown
Since 1975 First American and/or white woman seen by natives in remote villages all over the world
Julia Burke
1967 First woman hired by the Louisville District Civil Corp of Engineers for a field position on the Ohio River
Rev. E. Anne Henning Byfield
1989 First woman senior pastor at Robinson Community African Methodist Episcopal Church (Indianapolis)
Virginia Brown Calvin
1993 First woman and first African-American superintendent of the South Bend Community School Corporation
Harriet Capehart
1979 First woman director of the Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Barbara Caton
1979 First woman certified high school athletic trainer in Indiana (Evansville North High School)
Lisa Moss Chaudion
1985 First female president of the Indiana State FFA
Diana Cordray
1977 First woman and youngest executive director of the Indiana Real Estate Commission
Berniece Crone
1933 First woman permitted to take accounting classes at Earlham College
1947 First woman to join the Indiana Accountants Association
Roberta Dinsmore
1976 First woman public school superintendent in Indiana (North Vermillion Community Schools)
Patti Dorson
1981 First woman designated official shofar blower in Indiana (Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation)
Kristin Fruehwald
1997 First woman chairperson of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
Mary Gallagher
1975 First person in the U.S. to open an independently owned large-size women's fashion store (Mary V in Indianapolis)
Erma Garrett
1997 First woman to be certified as a Master Truck Driver in the U.S.
Sue Anne Gilroy
1994 First woman and 58th Indiana Secretary of State
Becky Goss
1998 First woman senior vice president and general counsel of Eli Lilly and Company
Jean Ann Harcourt
1998 First woman chairman of the Indiana Manufacturers Association
Rev. Berneice Herr
1981 First clergywoman at three Whitley County United Methodist Churches
Vera Hinshaw
1954 First woman rural route carrier at the Carmel, IN Post Office
S. A. Indigo
1979 First woman journeyman carpenter in Indiana and Kentucky
Rhoda Israelov
1983 First woman in Indiana to write a regular newspaper column on finance (Indianapolis Business Journal)
1986 First woman vice-president of then-EFHutton in Indiana
1986 First woman president of the Indiana Chapter of the National Speakers Association
1997 First woman first vice-president of Smith Barney in Indiana
Becky Kapsalis
1982 First woman to own and operate a specialty retail soccer business in Indiana
Leslie Kelly
1984 Co-founder and first president of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners
Marcia Kern
1984 First woman firefighter with the New Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department
Linda Kirk
1972 First woman frameman for Indiana Bell (Anderson office)
Cordelia Lewis
1980 First African-American woman and first African-American staff representative of the Indiana AFL-CIO
1988 First woman business agent for Local 135 of the Teamsters Union
Janice Logan
1969 First woman since WWII to work for the Norfolk and Western Railroad as a telegrapher, agent, leverman & operator
Angela McBride, Ph.D.,RN,FAAN
1992 First nurse to achieve the rank of Distinguished Professor at IU
1995 First woman from Indiana elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science
Virginia Dill McCarty
1972 Co-founder and first president of the Indiana Women's Political Caucus
1977 First woman in the U.S. to be appointed U.S. Attorney for a full term
1984 First woman to run for the nomination of a major party for Governor of Indiana
Rev. Jacqueline Means
1977 First woman officially ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in the U.S.
Doris Merritt, M.D.
1962 First woman assistant dean in the IU School of Medicine
1978 First woman chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Marilyn Moran-Townsend
1995 First woman chairman of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce
Evangeline Parker
1992 First woman president of the Professional Photographers of America
Gail Pebworth
1984 First woman head coach at the all-male Wabash College
Arlene Pritchett
1967 First pregnant woman to keep her teaching job after she started "showing" at Francesville Elementary School
Mildred Rebennack
1981 First woman journeyman electroplater at then-Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis
Frances Rhome
1973 First affirmative action officer at IU and first woman appointed to the IU President's staff
Margaret Ringenberg
1943 First Fort Wayne- area woman WASP in WWII
Alicia Rodriguez-Bower
1992 First Hispanic woman to be named a school principal in Ft. Wayne
Rabbi Sandy Sasso
1974 First woman ordained a rabbi from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the second woman rabbi in the U.S.
Kathy Saunders
1997 First woman fire chief of a career fire department in Indiana (Bloomington)
Myra Selby
1995 First woman and first African-American Indiana Supreme Court Justice
Shirley Shideler
1971 First woman partner of a large law firm in Indiana (Barnes & Thornburg)
1988 First woman president of the Indiana Bar Foundation
Wanda Simpson
1968 First woman to have a "man's job" at Kingston Products (Kokomo)
Dr. Lynda Smirz
1993 First doctor in the U.S. to deliver surviving sextuplets (the Indiana Dilley babies)
Sheila Snider, AIA
1974 First woman to graduate from Ball State University's College of Architecture
1996 First woman president of the American Institute of Architects/Indiana
Thelma Theobald
1989 First woman Boone County commissioner
Marty Wyall
1966 First woman to operate a passenger/freight service in Indiana under the FAA's Air Taxi Certificate

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