Civil Rights


Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin made history 100 years ago, becoming the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women voting rights. But Wisconsin is less progressive than your teachers told you — and still has a long way to go to reach gender equality. Read more

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Meet some of the Wisconsin women who fought for women’s right to vote: Mathilde Anneke, Dr. Laura Ross Wolcott, Lila Peckham, Emma Brown, the Rev. Olympia Brown, Theodora Youmans, and Ada James. Read more

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Shaysa Sidebottom

Legal protections for transgender people is the next step in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Wisconsin’s antidiscrimination law still doesn’t cover gender identity. Advocates are optimistic about progress, but the Trump administration is an obstacle. Read more

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Sarah Maughan

More than 100 people gathered at the Goodman Center to celebrate the life and work of Milele Chikasa Anana, civil rights activist and longtime publisher of “UMOJA” magazine, which highlights the accomplishments of Madison’s black community. Read more



David Michael Miller

It is premature to panic about the loss of civil liberties under President-elect Donald Trump. But vigilance is good. And those concerned should keep an eye on the military — the true, final arbiter of government affairs. Read more


Even though the Boy Scouts have dropped the ban on gays, Gov. Scott Walker still supports it. A father wants to know if he should let his son join. Read more

Tell All

The progressive coalition started in 2013 in protest of Republican efforts in the North Carolina statehouse to cut funding for education, Medicaid and unemployment benefits and to restrict access to voting and abortion services. Read more



Judith Davidoff

Lawyers representing opponents of the state's domestic partner registry have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule it violates the state's 2006 constitutional ban on gay marriage. But during oral arguments Wednesday in the case of "Appling v. Doy Read more