Dr. Eileen Wirth is a professor emeritus of journalism at Creighton University and is an author specializing in Omaha history. She was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and a public relations writer for Union Pacific Railroad before joining Creighton in 1991. Hers books include “The Women Who Built Omaha,” “The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium” and “From Society Page to Front Page Nebraska Women in Journalism.” She is a member of three area journalism Halls of Fame and has been active in numerous groups, particularly the Omaha Public Library.
Some were madams and bootleggers. Others were nuns. Some battled for suffrage while others opposed it. They started the city’s schools, hospitals, major businesses, human service institutions and fine arts. They fought for civil rights, won cycling championships and taught Omaha how to eat pizza. But these diverse Omaha women have something in common. They […]