Molly Murphy MacGregor
Molly Murphy MacGregor is president and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project, centered in Windsor. She is a former high school social studies teacher who has worked for over 30 years in the field of gender equality and women’s history. Her work in the field of multicultural women’s history has been widely recognized, earning her multiple awards from national educational organizations.
MacGregor started her career as a teacher, teaching one of the first classes on women's history at the high school level in 1972. MacGregor then completed her graduate studies in history at Sonoma State University, became active on the college’s Women's Studies Board, and upon graduating, taught courses in women's studies and history at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.
MacGregor originated the plan for the first Women's History Week in Sonoma County in 1978. The goal of the observance was to have schools and communities recognize the contributions that women of all cultural backgrounds have made to society and history.
In 1979, MacGregor became the director of the organization and took the plan for Women's History Week to the Women's History Institute for leaders of national women's organizations. There, MacGregor met Pam Elam, who became one of the prime movers in getting Congress and governors nationwide to eventually declare a National Women's History Week. Nearly forty years later, National Women’s History Week is still going strong.