Gail Wells is the author of several books, including The Little Lucky: A Family Geography, The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age, and (with coauthor Dawn Anzinger) Lewis and Clark Meet Oregon's Forests: Lessons from Dynamic Nature. Her articles and essays have appeared in Family Circle, VIA, Etude, the Oregonian, Oregon Humanities, and other publications. She is an independent writer and editor specializing in natural-resource and historical topics. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
Betty Roberts (1923-2011)
Betty Roberts was a thirty-two-year-old housewife with four children when she went back to college in 1955. Her decision went against the wishes of her banker husband and the conventions of 1950s society. That marriage did not last, but Roberts’s step toward independence bore abundant fruit, putting her on the …
Norma Petersen Paulus (1933-2019)
Norma Paulus was a forward-thinking, practical-minded Republican leader whose efforts to advance women’s rights, environmental protection, public education, and governmental transparency helped cement Oregon’s progressive reputation from the 1970s through the early 2000s. The first woman to be elected to statewide office in Oregon, she was also one of a …