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Oh OK. Major funding for this program is provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the nor cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle when I'll show my women when I was a lady and saying it was just me and I was on the move there. Celebrating the centennial year this series tells the stories of a few women in Washington state history at a time when some thought a woman's place was in the home. Arkwright Hutton was making headlines for her suffrage work. Born in Ohio of a transient mother and an itinerant preacher man lived with her
grandfather who was blind. She led him to political meetings at the Town Hall kept his house and took in boarders. By the age of 23 she was a very independent character. In 1883 may Arkwright came West to make her fortune known as the battleaxe of the quarter lanes. She had a heart of gold and a shrewd business sense as well. Her boarding house delicious bread savory porcupine but to the man who forgot to pay his six dollars and fifty cents a week a railroad engineer often stayed at May's place. Three months after he pulled into town. With friends the Hutton's bought a prospect they hoped.
The Hercules was a small operation may owl and their friends picked and shovelled them from the mountain. A worker herself may have reason to have great sympathy for the miners and their. She published a critique of the big companies making profits from the present.
Time let may become involved. The Hutton's moved to Spokane Washington in 1986 and they faced a new challenge. In Washington State. Women didn't have the right to vote. Suffrage became A's cause though her working class roots and flamboyant style didn't always Ind. her to the Seattle suffragists. Man is not woman. And has no inherent right to think and vote for her.
As membership increased so did tensions between the Seattle and Spokane factions of the Washington suffragist sociate and the Smiths Devoto and her supporters in Seattle were conservative well educated ladies from the upper middle class may have progressive politics little formal education and newfound wealth. The two styles clashed. May wrote that college educated women are self-centered exclusive all truck conventional devotes forces countered. I believe you are ineligible to membership because of your habitual use of profane and obscene language. But getting the vote for women was more important than any personal differences. Mae began her own organization in Spokane and both groups continued their work. May kept up a hectic schedule of lectures and meetings writing. I often
think how proud grandfather would have been if he could hear me. And now you just watch my smoke because I'm going to do things and may did do things with her help. Washington state women won the vote in 1900 a decade before national legislation passed. In 1900 she became the first woman delegate ever to attend the Democratic National Convention. May's work changed the outlook for women in Washington State and she knew it. What a beautiful thing it is to have lives so that when one passes to the great beyond with one accord will join in praises for one's good work.
Can you see to us series celebrate the women episode taiko told me to producer Kathryn hunt this is a stereo mix. This is the left channel and this is the right. Oh. And. Major funding for this program is provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the north cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. When the women and one lady were answering His me there. Was on the moment that it was me follow the women during Washington's 100 years of statehood.
Many women have immigrated here. Women move by necessity with dreams to begin a new life far from home. Some of them are writers and their words tell us something of their lives. The heart of an. And sometimes. Other women. In my heart. Her husband as a cousin began life on a farm near the town of.
Little better than. You could hear in the kitchen cupboard. In the. Night bed. Under the pew. And slept. There. To meet her worked along with her husband in the fields. She wrote her poems on scraps of paper and revised them in the cabin at night. But I've never been competing with men. Beginning with my back all within several years of tomatoes arrival laws were passed in Washington preventing Japanese from leasing land. The laws were devastating to the Japanese community in the valley. To me. When Massa moved to a remote part of the valley where he found work in a nursing.
Home. It was there often family and friends. That her first child was. Not a sign of a neighbor. Today like any other. 1929. The two. Decided to. Go. With my husband. I moved to the suburbs of Seattle. And we began on a land never been cultivated before. Using the dynamite. We began clearing the land. We primed the saplings and then those chopsticks and of course had no income. During the next decade they slowly built up the business. They had four children by then.
Thank you especially Japanese of the loyalty of Jeff and his sudden suspect many Japanese hastily destroyed precious belongings. Anything that might be interpreted as on the American taiko tend to burn all of the Timmy does and 140000 others of Japanese ancestry were evacuated when the time and then not within the iron stockade. I write on the sorrows of your little consolation in one of the ironies of camp life to me to suddenly had time to write something she hadn't had since she was a young woman in Japan. Go on. And this morning I read the warning moves the cloud cover my heart my mind nice frozen.
Oh. Three years later the war ended. His return to Sunnydale. And then own color. Many of the emails in mail go to the home but all I can write will be his we are alive. Take a went to work as a seamstress a job she kept well into her 70s but her health Maza re-established the nursery. She eventually published her poetry in Japan and the U.S. in 1995. Her poems appeared in breaking the silence a play about the Japanese internment in which her grandson a New York actor performed. Now 92 to meta resides in Seattle with her daughter. Yeah. Only my hand and I guarantee me live that mine even now know they're in my hands.
Oh OK. Major funding for this program is provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the nor cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. Oh I want it and I want maybe what you and me it was just me and I was on the move there. Women celebrate the women is a series of short programs to honor Washington State's centennial year. In this profile we celebrate women who live here because of the great variety of out-of-doors experiences. How unsay are formally from New Zealand now lives in the foothills of the Cascades. In order to be near the mountains.
Helen is a superb athlete and has represented the United States on national teams in louche track and field events. But her most recent notable achievement was to be the first woman to ski alone and without resupplied to the magnetic north pole and she is in training to go to the true North Pole this year. She is an expert mountain climber and feels grateful to those who pioneered in such activities for women. Frank Fuller was the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier and she climbed it in 1890. But she didn't have the advantages of the modern day climb as she had to wear very heavy clothing the heavy wool and bloomers heavy overcoat and she carried a long walking stick in her hand whereas I've climbed this mountain 21 times but I've always been able to use the advantages of high tech lightweight clothing. I say axes and crampons but this lady she was an experience she didn't have any of the advantages that we have. And in a way it's
rather outrageous when you consider her situation two hours these days. I think that she'd probably think we're quite wimpy in comparison and perhaps we are. I really admire a lady like this because of what she did. I'm sure extreme. Pressure from the the social aspect in that it wasn't a particularly womanlike thing to do in those days and because she had the courage to go out and do this. Women like me can go ahead and climb this mountain 21 times. One of the nice things about climbing Mount Rainier is that when you turn around to come down you get this absolutely magnificent panoramic view of Mount Adams and the entire tattoo strange.
By the mountain climbers think I'm crazy for 20 months from now most crime is not that interested in photos and more interested in reaching the summit. I think it's more fun to enjoy the entire mountain from top to bottom than just the summit. There are so many paths to a mountain. A challenge I often come back to the mountains close to our homes too to train by for mountain climbing and also for the North Pole expedition. And I find that even at 50 years of age I've never been in better shape. If I get up at 4 am and I run 10 miles. And then I pull a heavy slid up very steep hills every day and this gives me the necessary leg strength to get to the pole.
I started the journey. Twenty seven days and three hundred forty five miles later at the at the North Magnetic Pole. There was a very fine between. The whole thing. The huge strong totally fearless leaders actually hunt kill and eat a human. And I used warning shots from my rifle and warning shots from a friggin that I. I always had in my pocket and I would drop a flare from side to side and then sometimes in front of them lead me back a couple of feet then I would take one step forward trying to make myself into as a nuisance as I possibly could make myself that I'd finally give up and go away figuring I was just too much trouble to put on the menu that night. And was trained by the Eskimos as a whole a big dog. In fact on one occasion he saved my life. The last storm was a very worse
nor was sudden enormous gust of wind came and most of my food fuel and some equipment was just sucked right out of that slate for the last seven days I was left. With one hand full of nuts. And one quart of water. I read the book of John. Because the book of John in the New Testament is full of love. And this run thing I found that I could not read anything that had anything to do with death. Or any kind of violence whatsoever. Because I was dealing with it about as much. Right. As any human being could ever be asked to deal with. So I wanted tenderness and love. I didn't want anything that was violent at all. The.
Casey TS Seattle series celebrate the women episode Josee said producer Bette Cuevas. This is a stereo mix. This is the left channel. This is the right channel. OK. Major funding for this program is provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the nor cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. Oh and then when I was a lady and me it was just me that was on the list.
The women of Washington's 100 years of statehood we find many women who should be honored. One such woman is a mother a worker an interpreter an educator. Let's take a ride to the eastern side of the mountains and share a few moments of her life as told by some whose lives she's touched. When my mom separated and divorced my dad so I went with seven children and so rude. Who ever reaction that every every other child go through. You know when your parents separated divorced. The not wanting
her to go out you know. I mean even to sort of unload and because we wanted her to ourselves and us we still want her to be you mom all the time. But Josie found herself face to face with economic hardships and the need to get involved in her community. So at the age of 43 and for 20 years thereafter Josie took on her job with a Washington State migrant education program with vitality and commitment. She's an actual example of the migrant program. She gave a lot to it and she even retire here now and I know I know but still Mr. I know people will say you know for us Mr. Stern It really was a home visit or she was a liaison with the families. When I got to the area she'd go out again apply the families get the road and school you know if they had any extra and special needs she would be for them for the resources that could take care of them. She was their friend. She was the number one contact with the district the first person that the folks saw was
Mrs. Scherman. Yes. This. Woman made me because I know my mom's a real personable person you know just like her right away that made me really happened to see that my mom touch other people's lives that. They open themselves. They were so open with her with their home you know where the food with the hat you know that they have her with minimal things. With her for the whole game. And she even though she was like can afford to give to her. Too bad she was to this is she was an equal to them for that didn't matter whether they lived or how they lived. It wasn't a significant point with her and they knew that. So she was accepted to him quickly.
But at the time you can't tap dance until you get the less in Europe was this a massive deal for me and that in particular the problem that you have gotten you. To go on a Sunday and we stop by like you say you know when we were you I'd like to see you you know you know. How To Spend Time to get something right. Yes I know you know that you're usually the answer. It's on your letter that it was women saying Yeah but you gotta see that would be illegal. There was one of the jurors where there was someone that that calls my mom and you know a migrant worker and we were at the doctor yesterday and they say they have to you know we have to be and yelled Mom warning that
at 7:00 in the morning and my mom packed and ready to go and leaves at midnight if that's what it thinks. They know that he. She is there for that. It's meant to I know that my mind is there and. I'm nearly one out of 12 and we all know that you know she doesn't matter. What what trouble your end. Since I was there and the first story heard. But most of all I mean she knows that. We all meter.
KC Seattle theories celebrate the women episode. Roberta Byrd producer Jean Walkinshaw this is a stereo mix. This is the left channel and this is the right jam. Oh. And you. Made your funding for this program as provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the north cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. When Oh my linen and her lady were doing and saying it was just me and I was on The
Today Show me Show me the women holding. Celebrate the women as a series to celebrate Washington State's centennial year. Few Women in Washington State were more directly involved in the tumultuous days of the 60s and 70s than was Roberta Byrd Barr as first woman and first black principal of a large Seattle high school. And at the same time as the incisive and outspoken moderator of King TV's controversial show face to face Roberta gained a unique perspective on those times. Roberta started her career in education at Parkland grade school near Tacoma where she was the only black in her class. She vividly remembers her teachers there. In memory of those white teachers because that's all there were. Reminds me that not all white people are horrible which would be easy to conclude. When the state of
Washington as far as I knew the only things available were. Prostitution or someone's housekeeper. I did not wish to do either one so I busied myself in getting a scholarship and get out of here. After graduating from our block Wilberforce University in Ohio marrying and working on the east coast her brother returned to Seattle in 1959 and soon became a prominent black leader not only in education but as a media personality who always spoke her mind and went right to the heart of the matter. Well I'm glad. What kinds of things do you think ought to be happening right in the Nigro community. Do you get a feeling that the rest of it they just don't want you to tear down the city. Sargent Shriver right wing white community issues were of course poverty. And the program was initiated to deal with them. So we get it's
good and bad. The poverty program was a valiant 15 year effort and 15 years is a blip in the history of the region or the nation you know lasted just long enough to raise hopes. And then have them vanish. Right. But I think the final part of the program. Was for. Young people who have been working those areas were now engaged in trying to preserve themselves from being killed in a war they thought was wrong. It's interesting to be back here Franklin High School. I first came in 1960 from Endace 1960. It's
nice to know that the school is being remodeled and run and that the inside will continue to educate young people to come. I don't think that you would ever have had to worry you big white people in general. Had to worry about desegregating schools if you had been fair in the way you allocated money. In 1966 Roberta along with two other teachers one black woman and one white man joined a boycott of the public schools. There were 5000 employees of the school district but only these three have the courage to join the boycott. The boycott included many people both white and black by not allowing their children to attend were urging schools to integrate. For students who refused to go to the public schools. And alternative schools was started at the YWCA. And Roberta was principal.
I was for anything that would give black kids equal access to what ever the school district had to offer. I didn't think of it in terms of busing and all that sort of. And when they did desegregate they did it with a sledgehammer. We have made color a criterion by which one judges other people. That's too bad. Why do we have to be so horrible to one another. I don't understand it but it's it's endemic. We are rude to one another. We obviously don't like one another. They don't understand one another we don't know anything of that we really know anything about one another. I feel that America is meaner meaner spirited than it was.
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Made your funding for this program as provided by the Washington Centennial Commission additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the north cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. The man landed on me and his then me then I was on the head. And celebrating the women of Washington's 100 years of statehood one must recognize the fact that Native American women were here long before the pioneer awards immediate descendants go back 500 years. Howe lives in the McCall reservation at the northwestern most tip of Washington State in an unusually beautiful natural area of wild ocean beaches summer flowers and primordial forests.
The macaws have a proud history of whale hunters. But today a major source of their livelihood comes from salmon fishing. 15 miles down the coast town an ancient village was uncovered in 1969. This archaeological site has been preserved by a mudslide for over 500 years. And now a beautiful museum has been built to house the excavated treasures. Home awards grandfather and grandmother who were the last living of the tribe. So she has good reason to be totally committed to preserving her culture. Homer works at the museum and in schools teaching her native language. It means a lot more. If I say hello to all who are on the whole I think. This means always that you are is that you. It's like saying. But. Then when we say goodbye. Take care.
Help. US cut a cat. I thought that. That's. Something that like kind of be careful on your way here now. Entire do translate. Because if there's a deeper meaning to it than just saying well think here you know. Finishing up on some of the curriculums that you make with a per second third fourth graders in here and it's very important because they need to get the back of their heritage. This way. We see everybody say we good and it's windy and.
I think that the Indians are. More closer together than. Any other races. When I was little. I had three people to take care of. So in the morning my mother would make me stop in your seat. They needed anything. And then another widow. And I'd have to stop and see her and her no man who's blind. So I would go there in the evening and sweep his house and Pixie's bed and watch you stay safe and then go home. So this is way we could hear them. My first husband was a minister. He was an evangelist. His belief was different. I just didn't believe the way my dad believed. The same thing as what. Treats really
prayed to your Father in heaven. The daylight. You don't have to be in church. God God is everywhere. My mother. My dad could never because. He never made it. That's. Your grandmother.
I know. Because. My grandchildren. And my great grandchildren are coming back. The number they send their children to school. May make doctors lawyers. And hire them right back in their tribe. They can do that too because. I know we can.
KC Seattle series celebrate the women episode. Nellie Cornish producer Robin this is a stereo mix. This is the left channel and this is the right Yanna. Major funding for this program is provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the north cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. Just as
the women celebrate the women is a series of short programs in honor of Washington State's centennial year. And this story we celebrate Nellie Cornish founder of the Cornish College of the arts. Nelly was born in 1876 on a sod farm in Nebraska. Her family always on the verge of poverty moved west in search of work. Nella grew up with very little formal education and her prospects seemed limited. But miss out Nellie as she was called for she never married had a dream a dream that would eventually transform the artistic landscape of Seattle. It's fine artists working. This is the fruition of a years ago. The year was nineteen hundred and Nelly Cornish had reached a turning point. I'm happily
employed as a typist in Blaine Washington. Nellie dreamed of pursuing her piano studies. She wrote I seem to be growing farther and farther from the kind of life I had expected to live. I decided to take myself in hand and follow my own inclinations and with that firm resolution Nellie packed her bags and moved to Seattle. She was by a booming spirit a town a town bursting with energy constant activity but determined not to turn back. Nelly set out to earn her living as a piano teacher. It was an exhausting struggle she covered miles each day on foot to reach the homes of her young pupils. At night she would sit crying with fatigue. Still she had time to grieve.
A friend's son had. Money when we got the money. Now I want to give up the business go on the insurance. Not to be dissuaded and in April of 1914 she rented a small room on Capitol Hill and prepared to open her school. She had only a piano blackboard and a few chairs. But in that small room and I could see her taking the school group. But now as success in the early years was Carolus a sudden snowstorm in 1916 immobilised left Nellie on the verge of bankruptcy and pending World War interest and study of Fine Arts and rising on one of the shipyards at Nellis. Undaunted Nelly decided to expand with financial aid from wealthy Seattle lights in the banks. Construction began on a new building to house the former School of Arts. It was completed in 1921 and Nellie wrote the happiest woman in the
world a beautiful new for the school and myself. And a far cry from the difficult times of my pioneering in Seattle with the construction of the new building. Now his life became consumed by the demands of her school. She worked tirelessly to raise and to attract teachers and performers. After all the school bore her name its success or failure was in essence a measure of her life. And not only enjoyed for her. There was the time in 1930 for example a young unknown dancer. And her performance introduced Seattle to modern dance.
But nowhere was now his presence felt more vividly than among her young students. Most Cunningham now a world renowned dancer and choreographer was one of those students. I have a very clear image of the visit Milli as we'll call her. She was strict because she was concerned with being disciplined than an art needs. At the same time. She had a real love of records and wanted anybody who came to school to have that kind of experience. For me it was like a gift. It was a gift that over the years what influenced the lives of countless young students. But now his legacy reaches beyond the walls of her school. Her dream helped create the foundation for a new and lasting appreciation of the Arts in Washington state.
Major funding for this program is provided by the Washington Centennial Commission. Additional funding is provided by the music and art foundation the Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation the nor cliff Fund and by the subscribers of KC TS Seattle. Let me. Celebrate the women as a series of short programs to honor Washington State's centennial year Mary Walker the third white woman ever to cross the Rockies kept a uniquely intimate diaries which can now be shared with future generations. They give a very candid view of her harsh life in the untamed wilderness. Mary wrote feel lonely tonight wish husband could converse about something. I fear we are not that society for one another which man
and wife ought to be. Mary scarcely knew her husband Elkana before they were married and immediately embarked on their westward journey in 1838. It was a marriage of convenience. Each been missionaries each having been advised by the Board of Missions to get married before going west. During the five months and 900 miles they traveled Mary became pregnant. Her diary entries reflect not only the strain of her relationship with her new husband but the added apprehension of now caring and yet to be born child. Health. Present is rather feeble and I find it difficult to keep up the usual amount of cheerfulness. If I were to yield to inclination I should cry half the time without knowing what for my circumstances or rather trying so much danger attends me on every hand. A long journey yet before me going I know not whither can I expect to survive at all.
I feel so tired of Mr. WALKER. Mary always called her husband Mr. WALKER. He seems to think a lot more of Mrs. Smith than of me spends a great deal more time in her society than mine. I feel that I am cruelly neglected. I had no idea we were to experience so much wind and cold. I feel that dangers and perils await that we ought to realize every day may be our last. The walkers finally arrive safely at the Whitman mission of Whyalla pool near what is now Walla Walla. After the birth of Mary's first child they moved down north to their new mission site Shamokin near Spokane. At first the roof of their cabin was nothing more than grass and sod laid over poles after heavy rains this roof often leaked great globules of mud. This morning part of the wall of our house fell. Husband was in bed but he escaped without being much hurt.
But. This evening I feel sad that my husband cannot be contented to spend one hour with me. It must appear to other people that he is better contented anywhere than at home. The husband it frequently happens that when I think of much I wish to say to you you're either so much 50 or so drowsy or so busy that I find no convenient opportunity to what I would have said is forgotten. A rose about five o'clock had an early breakfast got my housework done and baked six more loaves of bread made a kettle of MASH and now have a sewage pudding and some beef boiling in the most awful be with me through the expected nine o'clock PM was delivered of a son.
Mary felt a certain ambivalence toward Spokane Indians with whom she lived and worked while she wished she could do more for them. She also feared for her own children associating with these what she called heathens have been thinking much today on the prospect of doing good among the Indians. I feel disheartened because they all seem doomed to melt away like the snow and all we can do seems only calculated to hasten their doom. I had a group of Indians around me all day have been trying to teach them the figures. There are so many interesting young people and children among them. I never could make white children understand half as quick on a trip south to visit the Whitman's Mary wrote. We went to the falls on the pollutes the waterfalls and Ashi down a precipice so steep that the water is reduced to mere spray. We missed the way I had to climb and descend mountains and past the ravine most grand Perhaps I ever saw a huge precipice its crags of granite overhanging on either hand. I carried my babe over the
Celebrate the Women
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Episode 1: May Hutton, suffragist. Episode 2: Teiko Tomita, poet. Episode 3: Helen Thayer, athlete. Episode 4: Josie Cerna, educator. Episode 5: Roberta Byrd, educator and television personality. Episode 6: Helma Ward, educator and member of the Makah Tribe. Episode 7: Nellie Cornish, founder of the Cornish College of the Arts. Episode 8: Mary Walker, pioneer and diarist.
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In commemoration of Washington state?s centennial year, this series of short programs profiles some of the women who have shaped the state?s history.
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