Women have contributed much to Akron and Summit County. Unfortunately, their names and the roles they played have seldom been included in city and county histories. This website is an attempt to tell some of the stories of Akron and Summit County women whose stories have been lost.

The women profiled on this site made important contributions to the city and the county through the jobs they held, the business they ran, the reforms they led or the volunteer work they did. They come from different time periods — from the antebellum (pre-Civil War) time period to today. They represent different religions, races, political parties, nationalities, socio-economic classes and sexual orientations. But they all share one thing – they helped change the face of Akron and Summit County.

Since its founding in 1983, the Women’s History Project of the Akron Area has been committed to telling the history of Akron and Summit County women as well as acknowledging their continuing role today. Now a program of the Summit County Historical Society, WHP remains committed to its mission of telling the history of Akron/Summit County women, strengthening woman-focused education in the schools and in the adult community, and working with the libraries.

This website represents a unique partnership between the Women’s History Project of the Akron Area (WHP), The Summit County Historical Society and The University of Akron. It is underwritten by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

If you would like additional information about this website and/or WHP, contact Leianne Neff Heppner from the Summit County Historical Society (Leianne@summithistory.org) or Kathleen Endres from the University (endres@uakron.edu).

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