Welcome to the Gallery of Progressive Muses

The Progressive Era – a historical period roughly defined as spanning from the turn of the last century until the 1920s – was a time of rapidly advancing technological change, dramatic disparities between economic classes and social groups, massive migration of people, and sweeping artistic & cultural innovations.

Sound familiar?

So many of the same things can be said about our own era, one century later – which is why I call upon the changemakers and innovators of today to think of ourselves as the New Progressives, and to understand that we are all weaving the fabric of tomorrow with the work we do today.

The people included in this gallery may not be lionized in the historical record, nevertheless they played an important role in shaping their communities, and sent ripples of positive change into the world.

Read their stories, and perhaps one of them will speak to you as your Progressive Muse!
 
 

Anna May Wong


Anna May Wong
A cinematic star at a time when Hollywood didn’t even try to pretend it wasn't racist, Anna May Wong broke social barriers and forged an artistic career on her own terms.
Read more about Anna May Wong

Carrie Crawford Smith


Carrie Crawford Smith
A dedicated entrepreneur with a social mission, Carrie Crawford Smith was a century ahead of her time, building a successful business that shaped and supported her community in the greater Chicago area.
Read more about Carrie Crawford Smith

Eva Carillo de García


Eva Carillo de García
A tireless advocate for her community, Eva Carillo de García led an inspiring life as a champion of multiple progressive causes in her adopted city of Austin, Texas.
Read more about Eva Carillo de García

Harriet Emilie Cady


Harriet Emilie Cady
One of the first female physicians in the United States, Harriet Emilie Cady explored the territory between healing, spirituality and philosophy, and her writing influenced and shaped several contemporary spiritual movements.
Read more about Harriet Emilie Cady

Inez Milholland


Inez Milholland
A fearless crusader for women's suffrage, Inez Milholland was also famous for her dramatic appearance at protest rallies and parades. It was definitely more than theatrics for Inez, who literally sacrificed her life for the cause she believed in.
Read more about Inez Milholland

Lyda Conley


Lyda Conley
The first Native American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, Lyda Conley also put her body on the line, standing shoulder to shoulder with her sisters to protect her family's sacred land from developers.
Read more about Lyda Conley

 
 

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