Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives


History Fair Success for Emily Stevens

The 2014-2015 History Fair season proved to be the most successful one on record for the WLA as 12 students researched topics at the Archives. One student, Emily Stevens, then a junior from Maine South High School, came to the WLA and researched Beth Brinkmann Cianci, co-founder of HERA, the Homemakers Equal Rights Association. A group of homemakers (we call them stay at home mothers now), HERA members worked to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the mid to late 1970s.

Emily did very well at history Fair with her dramatic presentation portraying Beth Brinkmann Cianci, winning at the local and regional competitions to advance to the state level. At the state competition, Emily won the Margaret Cross Norton Award for the Best Use of Primary Sources.

Click here to see Emily's dramatic presentation.