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Women of Song

Those of you who regularly visit this space know that I’ve written a great deal about that elusive musical genre known as the classic Tulsa Sound. It’s something I first started researching in earnest almost four decades ago, when I went to work for the Tulsa World newspaper as an entertainment writer, and it’s been a continuous source of...

Women in the Workforce

The Educational Sector The transition from the practice of medicine to educational leadership came naturally to Oklahoma State University President Kayse Shrum, DO. “I chose medicine because I wanted to make a difference, and I felt that through health and development I could,” she says. “As I moved into education, going into medical school was a way to invest in future...

Ladies Who Brew

During the summer of 2020, Stacia Sharp asked the folks on the Facebook page “Oklahoma Craft Brewers Society” if there was any interest in starting a women’s craft beer division. The response was overwhelming, and the Oklahoma Women’s Craft Beer Society was born.  Once a month, the group explores territory that was male-dominated for many decades. The members, with their...

Mautra Staley Jones

Mautra Staley Jones, M.B.A., Ed.D., is a lifelong educator and devoted academic diplomat, serving as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Langston University, as well as the executive director of the Langston University Foundation. Additionally, Jones speaks on a variety of topics around Oklahoma and serves in leadership positions for numerous businesses and committees, including as...

Empowering Women in Oklahoma

Groups that Inspire Certain inequities are glaring for Oklahoma women, and nonprofits across the state are tackling the problems by providing direct services and fighting for better policies. “Criminal justice reform is one of our big ones,” says Chelsey Branham, interim executive director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. “Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate for women in the world. Nearly 80%...

Cervical Cancer’s Threat

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 14,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer. However, the Papanicolaou test – more commonly referred to as a Pap test – has helped to significantly lower the cervical cancer death rate. In addition, the HPV (human papillomavirus)...

Carlisha Williams Bradley

Originally from Monroe, Louisiana, Carlisha Williams Bradley moved to Oklahoma at age three. After graduating from Union High School and the University of Oklahoma, Williams Bradley continued her education at Syracuse University, where she received a master’s in public administration. Passionate about education and social change, she has stepped into several leadership roles, including as the executive director of...

Ahead of the Suffrage Curve

August marks the centennial of universal suffrage in the United States and Oklahoma was significant player in the push to give women the right to vote. Two years before all distaff Americans could cast full ballots, Oklahoma became the 21st state to grant women unlimited suffrage, for which many had fought since pre-statehood days. Often forgotten is that the battle...

She’s The Boss

Women Helping Women Melena Keeth relied on advice from people who had been there when she opened her chiropractic practice in Oklahoma City six years ago. Now she has a few tips to offer other female entrepreneurs. “Don’t give up,” Keeth says. “The hardest part is hanging in there long enough to see it come to fruition.” Keeth worked with REI Oklahoma’s...

Restorative Power of Words

In 2017, then-Gov. Mary Fallin addressed an audience in Washington about what she called Oklahoma’s “dubious honor.” For decades, the state has led the nation in female incarceration by staggering numbers. That year, 151 per every 100,000 women in the state were in prison – many for drug-related crimes. As the incarceration rate has ballooned in recent years and more...