Welcome to the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project
In 2006, 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. Gathering oral histories provides opportunity to pursue answers to questions left silent in what little archival materials exist for these women. Taken individually, these interviews reflect the careers and interests of the legislators; taken collectively they constitute a narrative of the role of women in the Oklahoma Legislature over time.
The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library invites you to explore this website and meet the women who have played an important role in Oklahoma politics.