Recognizing women who lead special education
How about the wonderful contributions from these colleagues?
Given that 8 March is International Women’s Day, I’m taking the opportunity to celebrate some of the women who have been wonderful leaders in special education. I’ve assembled a personal list of women whom I consider to be outstanding contributors to the education of children and youth with disabilities, their teachers, and families.
I emphasize that this is my personal list. I make no claim to it being exhaustive comprehensive, or authorotative. There are surely others whom I should have included, and perhaps some a reader or two would recommend that I not include. I recognized that it is a US-centric list and tilted toward researchers. Please help improve this list; add your nominations and provide links by commenting.
Still, despite the potential inadequacies, I hope this list helps us to remember that women have been (and are) making magnificent contributions to special education. We shouldn’t let any of them (and others) be forgotten.
Margaret Bancroft, leader, administrator http://www.njwomenshistory.org/discover/biographies/margaret-bancroft/
Barbara Bateman, researcher, legal scholar, and teacher
Renee Bradley, author, advocate, and leader in the deep state
Diane Browder, researcher and teacher
Tanis Bryan, researcher and fine friend
Marie Skodak Crissey, researcher
Francis P. Connor, researcher and advocate
Evelyn Deno, researcher, teacher, advocate, and mother to Stan
Elizabeth E. Farrell, Founder and first president of the Council for Exceptional Children
Lynn S. Fuchs, rocket scientist
Eleanor Guetzloe, advocate
Karen Harris, scientist, editor, advocate, leader
Judith Heumann, advocate
Asha Jitendra, researcher and teacher
Beverly Johns, advocate, administrator
June B. Jordan, editor and advocate
Ann Kaiser, researcher and teacher
Helen Keller, needs no tags But see https://www.afb.org/afb100/women-leadership
Barbara Keogh, researcher, thinker, and teacher
Holly Lane, researcher and leader
Kathleen Lynn Lane, researcher and leader
Margo Mastropieri, researcher and leader
Romaine P. Mackie, researcher and leader
Maria Montessori, developer and teacher
Deborah Simmons, researcher and leader
Deborah Speece, researcher and research leader
Anne Sullivan, teacher
M. Angele Thomas, editor
Martha Thurlow, researcher, leader
Sharon Vaughn, super scientist and leader
Naomi Zigmond, goddess
Some places to look for more info (please suggest other sources):
Top 10 Deaf Women in History You Need to Know About For International Women’s Day: Learn about these famous women who changed the course of history!—Deaf Niche,
Research: How Bias Against Women Persists in Female-Dominated Workplaces—by Amy Diehl, Amber L. Stephenson, and Leanne M. Dzubinski https://hbr.org/2022/03/research-how-bias-against-women-persists-in-female-dominated-workplaces
There are, I hasten to note, many women who are active now and who are my superiors. I don’t mean to overlook them by focusing (mostly) on historical figures here. Please feel welcome to add contemporary contributors—or “rising stars”—in the comments, too. (And, to those listed here and who are still active: No, I don’t think you’re already over the proverbial hill!)
In the main, let us celebrate the substantial contributions of women to special education. There are many who have hoed a tough row, but they are making the world better.
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If I remember correctly, March 8 is also the birthday of John Wills Lloyd!l Happy birthday, JWL, and may this next trip 'round the sun the happiest ever and far from your last.
Thank you for including me in this esteemed list of people!
Enjoy the day, friends!