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Winans, Theodore Fonville

With his black-and-white photographs, Theodore Fonville Winans documented the people, landscape, and culture of mid-twentieth century Louisiana. Read »

Woman Suffrage

The movement for women's rights in Louisiana started with benevolence work in church groups and progressed to the campaign for woman suffrage. Read »

Women in Colonial Louisiana

Women constituted a valuable asset in colonial Louisiana (1699–1803, and until 1810 for West Florida, or the Florida Parishes). Read »

Women's Rights Movement

Inspired by social justice and protest movements percolating across the country in the 1960s, Second Wave feminists sought liberation and equal rights for women. Read »

Woodward, Ellsworth

Louisiana artist Ellsworth Woodward was a pillar of the New Orleans art scene as a teacher and a promoter between 1890 and 1940. Read »

Woodward, William

William Woodward was a prolific painter, etcher, potter, historic preservationist, architect, teacher, and promoter of art in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century New Orleans. Read »

World War I

During World War I (1914-1918) the federal government expanded its power and reach, while spontaneous social and cultural movements transformed the world in which most Americans, including Louisianans, lived. Read »

World War II

Like the rest of the nation, Louisiana experienced many changes during World War II. Federal spending during the war helped boost the state’s economy from its agricultural collapse following World War I, and new employment opportunities proliferate. Read »

Wright, Johnny

New Orleans native Johnny Wright was one of the first African American baseball players to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he never reached the major leagues. Read »

Wright, Sophie B.

Sophie Bell Wright was a teacher, philanthropist, and reformer in New Orleans who advocated for prison reform, temperance, public playgrounds, and the education of women and the impoverished. Read »

Writers, Women

Louisiana women have written about life in the state since before the Civil War, presenting their views of its unique society and landscape. Read »