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In 2006, Associate Professor/Oral History Librarian Tanya Finchum embarked on a project to capture and record information about women who have served or are currently serving in the Oklahoma Legislature. This website, launched in February 2009, is a culmination of her work and includes transcripts, audio excerpts, and memorabilia collected as a result of interview efforts. Between the years of 1907 and 2008 only 77 women have been elected to the Oklahoma Legislature. As of February 2009, 46 of these remarkable women have shared their stories as part of the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project.

Explore the project’s website at

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Our Mission
The Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Center seeks to address the historic under-representation of women in politics, public service, and other leadership roles. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders. We accomplish this mission through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for women in Oklahoma.
About Us
The Women’s Leadership Initiative  includes several programs designed to increase women’s participation in politics and public service.  Now in our tenth year, the N.E.W. ( National Education for Women’s) Leadership program is an intensive, five-day institute that includes the top undergraduate women from colleges across Oklahoma. 

Pipeline to Politics serves women who are beyond college and/or in the workforce and interested in stepping up their political and civic engagement…whether that means running for office, working on a campaign, or becoming more involved in community-based issues and organizations.

In partnership with the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Inc., the Women’s Leadership Initiative hosts an annual leadership conference for “Tweens”. The conference strives to encourage, educate, and empower girls to discover and use their voices to positively impact their lives, their schools, and their communities.

Through The Appointments Project (TAP), the Women’s Leadership Initiative is working with Oklahoma’s new governor to ensure more women are appointed to high-level and powerful posts.  TAP is a non-partisan effort to bring parity to decision-making bodies by identifying qualified women to serve.