Wonder Women of Fairfield

Women have played a key role in shaping the community of Fairfield and beyond over the years. Past generations of women faced many barriers to taking a place in public life: in the nineteenth century they were barred from voting, higher education and the most respected professions. In the twentieth century, women’s choices continued to be limited, and it was rare to see a woman executive, senator, doctor, or professional athlete.  

Despite these barriers, women found opportunities to contribute to the community and the nation. The Fairfield women presented here are just some of the many women from the area who left a mark through their public achievements in politics, business, community service, and entertainment.  By reaching beyond the expectations of their times, they created not only new paths for themselves, but also new opportunities for the women who would follow. 

Wonder Women of Fairfield was on view at the Fairfield Museum from February 27-April 28, 2014.