Olive Wise Spannaus

SPANNAUS, Olive Adelaide (née Wise). b. St Louis, Missouri, 23 Jan 1916. Olive Wise was educated at Normandy High School, Brown’s Business College and Washington University in St Louis. In 1939 she married the Revd Ruben Edward Spannaus (1913-2006), and lived in Seattle, Washington (1942-57), and Elmhurst, Illinois (1957-78, before retiring with her husband to Seattle. She has been included in a documentation of ‘key feminists who ignited the second wave women’s movement’ in the USA (Love, 2006). Olive Spannaus was a remarkable and courageous woman. She served on various committees of the Lutheran Church, and was co-founder of the Lutheran Women’s Caucus, which demonstrated at the Lutheran...

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