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Carol Wergin and Connie Hendries, self-described old broads and aging feminists, were active in the women’s movement for more than 10 years, beginning in the early 1970s.

Along the way, they brought attention to deeply ingrained attitudes and cultural norms in our society that kept women subservient and unable to express their full potential. Carol and Connie worked on equal pay for equal work; unfair insurance practices, women’s health, abortion rights and ultimately passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Waking up to the rampant sexism in society changed their lives. While they are both now retired, Carol was Executive Director of what is now Marco Services, a community-based residential facility in Manitowoc Wisconsin, treating those with alcohol and other drug abuse addictions. Connie worked for Manitowoc County Human Services as a child protective services social worker and retired as division manager of the public assistance and work programs. Feminism has informed their career choices and personal relationships for more than 40 years.

In this episode, Carol and Connie share what it was like to be part of the women’s movement in the 70s, what they’ve seen over the years in the evolution of the movement, and how we can apply that learning and wisdom today.

Also in this episode, Carol and Connie talk about the impact of Judy Goldsmith's work in the movement. To learn more about Judy, former president of NOW (National Organization for Women), click on this link to a Milwaukee Public Television interview with Jim Peck.


Judy Goldsmith is originally from Two Rivers, WI and she is Carol Wergin's sister.

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42 minutes, 37 seconds

​​​Women Om Wisdom Podcast

*Photo credit: Milwaukee PBS Program #2107 

L to R: Connie Hendries, Judy Goldsmith,

Carol Wergin, Mary Wallace

Episode 15: Carol Wergin and Connie Hendries
March, 2019

Women have such powerful wisdom to share about career, relationships, fear, love, 
raising children, politics, travel, well-being, wonder, and so much more. We need to hear 
women's voices, from all walks of life, much more often. The learning from each of our journeys 
creates threads of connection that help us thrive, both individually and collectively.