Mildred Fish-Harnack

Three side by side black and white archival mugshot photos of Mildred Fish-Harnack looking slim and grim with her hair pulled back into a bun and a steely gaze into the camera.

It was a Wall Street Journal print edition headline earlier this month that finally led me to call Joel Waldinger to see what he made of it all.

The headline read: “Mildred Harnack, Forgotten Heroine.”

Mildred Fish-Harnack at UW–Madison in 1926.

Mildred Fish-Harnack at UW–Madison in 1926, courtesy of the UW–Madison Archives.

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Doug Moe is Madison Magazine's award-winning columnist, long-time contributing writer and former editor. He writes Madison Magazine's monthly print column and semi-weekly award-winning blog, both called Doug Moe's Madison. He has also written numerous critically-acclaimed nonfiction books and thousands of newspaper columns and magazine articles over the past 40 years.