Holly Childs



Holly Childs developed her social conscience in Arkansas, where she was born and raised. Childs participated in the civil rights movement as a university student at the University of Arkansas, later moving to Bartlesville where she worked for Phillips Oil Company and discovered gender discrimination in pay. Becoming a full-time mother and homemaker while her husband was a Phillips scientist, Childs felt called to work on the ERA campaign, which she learned about through her membership in the League of Women Voters. She and Harriet Guthrie became innovative and industrious organizers of the eastern half of the state, later expanding that role further west. Their role and their partnership were unique. Childs entered graduate school towards the end of the campaign, earning an M.S. in chemical engineering and becoming a manager for 3M in Minnesota.