Women Leaders and Activists
Experiences of Women Leaders and Activists as told by CGCC Students in partnership with Chandler Museum's Public History Program
What have been your greatest successes?

Narrator: Pam Petty
Interviewer: Summer Rohde

SR: What have been your biggest successes?

PP: Well, I guess I should bring it back to the career. I went on to get my third (my doctoral) degree.

SR: Ok, so you now have your teaching degree and your masters in history.

PP: Yes, and then I went graduate school and got a degree in educational leadership. I wrote a dissertation that was really about how to lead. The title of the dissertation was "Non-positional leadership: the Case of Ella Baker and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee." So what my goal was when I was done with that would be to try and figure out a way to bring change in education, using them as the model. When I became a chair of our Social Behavioral Science division I tried to keep that model in mind. It was a change process kind of modeling leadership rather than being hierarchy or rather than being bossy, trying to facilitate change rather than telling people what to do. So I hope I did that in the 4 years that I was the chair of our division. I would consider it to have been a successful leadership time. I don't know what other people think. I was determined to use the model that I found in my research, which was a transformative facilitated model of change. When my own turn to leadership came around, because on this campus we take turns doing leadership and doing following. So when your turn comes around, you want to know exactly what kind of methodology you want to have. So mine came out of my research from my doctorate.

Narrator: Martha Goddard
Interviewer: Hannah Myers

HM: What have been your biggest successes?

MG: My biggest successes I believe were the work that I did dealing with putting together the first rape kit. I was able to teach this kit to thousands of people, who then turned around and taught it to their co-workers. This was the first time there had ever been any kind of formal testing for rape victims, and it was a huge success…. Another great success for me was enabling women to keep their credit card history after they had been divorced. See, back in this time when you were divorced all of the credit card companies knew about it and as a result, they wiped all of your credit card history clean, and you had to start from scratch! Even if you were the one paying the bills to the card in the first place! It was absurd! I decided to defend myself. So I went back to one certain credit card company, I won't say which one, and re-applied. I filled out my first one [application] using my whole name "Martha Goddard" and I was denied. So I tried again, this time using "Marty Goddard" and guess what, I was approved. I then went back into this particular company and complained, thus leading to many positive changes for divorced women and their credit history.

Narrator: Mary Black
Interviewer: Betty McAllister

BM: What have been your biggest successes?

MB: Today we have many services at Black Family and Child Services. We started out as a child abuse prevention agency. We opened a foster care and adoption program. At any given time we have 200-250 kids in our foster care program; in our adoption program, we have chosen to do a lot of public adoption to get kids into permanent homes. I am real proud of our adoption program. We can do both public and private adoption…we have been involved in therapeutic foster care programs since 2004, which is for children who have more needs. We have gone into substance abuse prevention for adults, people off the street or from prisons; I've been real pleased to see the success of this program. And of course, in the children's piece, we have child and family therapy. A lot of that is school based and we partner with the schools to host the therapy through the schools. We also do home-based therapy to involve the family in the work as well. We do a lot of home-based services. We have a child abuse intervention program for parents who are at risk of losing their children; our job is to get in there to stabilize the family if possible…and we have on the table to develop programs around senior citizens. But what I want to say is Black Family and Child Services is committed to improving the quality of life for children and families.

Narrator: Mary Lou Timma
Interviewer: Kandi Kastl-Manuel

KKM: What have been your biggest successes?

MT: I can't say I have any big successes. You do what you have to do, you don't really think about it.

Photos courtesy of the families.

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