Welcome to the WLAC Women’s Conversation Circle program. Thank you for the time you are investing in prework in advance of our first session. We appreciate your commitment to deepening your experience difference in your experience and the experience of your whole cohort.


In the busyness of day-to-day life, we often focus on the here and now. This Historical Timeline pre-session experience balances that focus with a view of the larger patterns in our society across decades to:

  1. Better understand our history of how we got to today
  2. See our place in a larger quilt of experience
  3. Recognize challenges and opportunities affecting relationships between Multicultural Women and White Women.

This exercise offers a view into historical events in the United States relating to African American people, Asian/Pacific Islander people, Hispanic/Latinx people with a focus on women. These historical events and individuals, along with many more, provide a long view into where we find ourselves today as diverse women in the workplace and in society at large.


Allow a half-hour in a place where you can relax with minimal interruption.

Click on the first “Historical Timeline” link in the following menu list.

Take time to scroll through the Historical Timeline. Take a breather if you need to do so and then come back until you make your way through the whole timeline.

Let yourself consider:

  • Where does your family’s experience overlap with events on the timeline?
  • Notice the feelings that come up as you make your way through the timeline.
  • Once you get to the end, take a moment to reflect on your own life:
    • What  “personal historical marker” would you add to this timeline?
      • It might be arriving in the U.S. as an immigrant, or being the first college graduate in the family, or earning a promotion. For some women, it is starting their own family or being the first female on the debate team in school.
  • Please describe that personal event or accomplishment on the gingerbread person outline (embedded). You can also jot it down on a piece of blank paper. Include the date.