Guampedia Debuts New Section: “Women in Guam History”


Guam –, with funding from Guam Preservation Trust and the Guam Women’s Club, today debuts a new section on Women in Guam History online.

With this project, by writing women back into Guam history, we honor and celebrate the generations of women who have helped shape our island and have expanded our dreams.

Until now, there were very few profiles of women compared to the number of profiles on men throughout the Guampedia website. We recognized the need for a more balanced presentation of people that have helped shape the history of our island and Guam society. Many people from Guam, including lifelong residents and seasoned instructors of Guam history classes, are unable to name more than a handful of women in our island’s history.

This is largely because there are so few written accounts that focus on women’s lives and stories. As a repository of information about Guam, the opportunity to research and showcase women was something we could not pass up. With women comprising half the population of Guam, we needed to know: who are the women in Guam history? Why are there so few historical accounts about women, and so few women mentioned by name?

The answers to these questions are many and complex. However, with this section, Guampedia hopes to present stories of some of the interesting and
fascinating women who have “made their mark” or had some kind of impact on Guam history. We also want to provide a resource that inspires and motivates people to remember and learn from the past, and to collect stories about the important women – and men – in their lives.

The Women in Guam History section represents a new direction in Guampedia’s effort to provide a free, comprehensive resource about our island, our history and culture, and our people. The project is just a beginning for future biographical entries featuring the individuals who through their work, passions, activities and sacrifices have contributed to the betterment of our community.

A few things about this section are worth noting:

• This section does not include people who are alive.
• Personal names reflect the fullest formal version of the names available or how the individual was best known in Guam.
• Much of the information about the individual women was gathered from previously published resources, personal interviews with family members
or friends, and other unpublished resources when available.
• The text and images presented in each entry are for educational purposes.
• More biographical profiles will be added later. Suggestions are always welcome.

We present this section as a beginning. We hope to fill it with more stories of Guam’s women, both named and unnamed, in our island’s history.
Guampedia’s Women in Guam History profiles:

Bartola Garrido
Ignacia Bordallo Butler
Gertrude Costenoble Hornbostel
Agueda Iglesias Johnston
Maria Roberto
Maria Arceo Ulloa
Maria Palomo Ada
Elena Cruz Benavente
Amanda Guzman Shelton
Laura Thompson
Mary Essie Underwood
Concepcion Cruz Barrett
Mariana Leon Guerrero Lujan
Rosa Aguigui Reyes
Cynthia Johnston Torres
Lagrimas Leon Guerrero Untalan
Elizabeth Perez Arriola
Rosa Roberto Carter
Beatrice Perez Emsley
Emilie Green Johnston
Rosa Perez Salas
Cecilia Cruz Bamba
Clotilde Castro Gould
Lucia Fernandez Torres
Candelaria Taitano Rios