Our Top 10 Goals

  • To present research-informed programs each year about a local effort, movement, or individual achievement related to local women.
  • To add to the growing collection of oral histories gathered from many contemporary women who have been important to the area's history.
  • To collaborate with other women's groups and other historical groups in presenting programs of historical, social, or educational public interest.
  • To digitize the World War I Registration Cards – From the moment this treasure trove of index cards was discovered in the attic at the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Council has been a driving force pushing to digitize the records of the 1918 interviews with 20,000 Grand Rapids women about their useful skills for the World War I effort.
  • To provide workshops that offer opportunities to learn skills in research, writing, and oral history interviewing.
  • To digitize, update, and have available on our web site the 2001 Women in Grand Rapids History:  A Guide to Resources in the Local History Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library. These resources include:  autobiographies, biographies, memoirs, diaries, club archives, oral histories, magazine and newspaper articles, and other records and resources.
  • To publish and have available on our web site a full report on Grand Rapids women’s elective history and other serious essays on dozens of topics.
  • To offer programs on women's history and women's issues aimed at young women in the public schools and colleges.
  • To submit or support other organizations' nominations to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
  • To foster a relationship with the Michigan Women's Studies Association.