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Women Of The West: Pioneers Who Helped Shape Arizona's History

by Kaely Monahan, Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein, Mark Brodie

Arizona boasts many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. It’s easy to name the Sandra Day O'Connors and Rose Moffords — but what about those who are lesser known? In the series Women of the West, The Show explore stories of Arizona women who helped shape their communities and the state’s history.

Episode 15
Dorothy Fratt


Artist Dorothy Fratt was renowned for her use of color. From a very young age, Dorothy became a vital part of the budding Phoenix art scene via her craft and her teaching.

Episode 14
Terri Cruz


Terri Cruz was one of the founders of Chicanos Por La Causa. During her career, she was given numerous awards and commendations for her work in the community.

Episode 13
Ayra Hackett


When Ayra Hackett founded the Arizona Gleam in 1929, she was the only Black newspaper owner in Arizona.

Episode 12
Janet Ikeda


Even after unfairness and injustice, Janet Ikeda emerged years later with a positive attitude and a commitment to helping her community.

Episode 11
Nancy Maytag Love


Nancy Maytag Love was instrumental in getting the Phoenix Zoo up and running. In fact, without her it might not even be here.

Episode 10
Refugio Barth Landavazo


Refugio Barth Landavozo lived from 1855 to 1921. She was married to one of the more infamous men of that era: Solomon Barth, the disputed founder of St. Johns.

Episode 9
Betty Fairfax


Betty Fairfax was a longtime educator, spending time both in the classroom and as a counselor.

Episode 8
Dew Yu Wong


Dew Yu Wong and her husband opened American Laundry in Flagstaff in 1915, a business that became a pillar of the community.

Episode 7
Georgie White Clark


Georgie White Clark was a pioneering river guide who, even in her 80s, ran trips down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Episode 6
Graciela Olivarez


Graciela Olivarez was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the director of the Community Services Administration.

Episode 5
Annie Dodge Wauneka


Annie Dodge Wauneka was elected to the Navajo Nation Council in 1951, becoming just the second woman to serve in that body.

Episode 4
Elizabeth Hudson Smith


Elizabeth Hudson Smith designed and ran the Hotel Vernetta in Wickenburg — and eventually owned most of the town.

Episode 3
Ruth Reinhold


Ruth Reinhold was a pilot in the same era as Amelia Earhart and the author of "Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History."

Episode 2
Sister Kathleen Clark


Sister Kathleen Clark established the first child crisis nursery in the country — Casa de los Niños — in Tucson in 1973.

Episode 1
Mim Walsh


Mim Walsh kept a very extensive diary that documents life in Tucson in the early 20th century.

Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.