Despite women's significant presence, their voices are rarely found in the historical record.
Historians and archivists are working on many fronts to change this imbalance.

First Person Plural is part of that reevaluation, focusing on the life stories of women throughout the state who came of age in the 20th century during times of great change that saw the civil rights movement, new roles for women, and access to new technologies. The women interviewed for the project discuss growing up, education, courtship, family life, working life, philanthropy, and community services. Through their voices, we explore diverse issues and dilemmas, especially efforts to welcome new opportunities while maintaining traditions.


Selections from interviews, interview summaries, and a map of the Arkansas women whose life stories have been preserved.

Traveling Exhibit

A self-contained banner exhibit featuring portraits and perspectives of project narrators is available for travel to communities throughout the state.


Project interviews are archived in both Little Rock and Fayetteville to serve as a resource for students, teachers, researchers, and the public.