Notable Women in Fresno State History
Maude E. Schaeffer – First female dean (Dean of Women), taught English, was also first acting librarian. Part of the first cohort of faculty at Fresno Normal School.
Agnes Tobin – First professional librarian, started in 1914.
Margaret Swift and Marguerite Hussey – First female coaches (intramural baseball, hockey, swimming, archery, track and volleyball), 1922.
Beryle Bollinger – First president of the Associated Women Students, 1922.
Alexandra Bradshaw (Art), Marguerite Hussey (Physical Education) and Blanche W. Taft (Home Economics) – First female department heads, 1923.
Virginia Sager Jansen – First female student body president, 1943.
Mary Carolyn Dobbs – Alumna, class of 1944. Innovator in the field of Special Education.
Judy Chicago – Famous feminist artist faculty member in 1970, founded the first Feminist Art program in the U.S. at Fresno State.
Women’s Studies Program- started in 1972, Phyllis Irwin, first coordinator.
Dr. Judith L. Kuipers – First vice president (for Academic Affairs), started in 1985.
Dr. Francine Oputa - First coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center, begun in 1996.
Margie Wright – Championship winning softball coach, won NCAA softball national championship in 1998.