NARAL, Women’s Rights
For more than forty years Barbara Santee was a leading voice statewide on abortion rights and other issues affecting women.
A Tulsa native and graduate of Union High School, she held a doctorate from Columbia University in New York along with degrees from the University of Tulsa and the University of Michigan.
Barbara grew up in a tarpaper shack at 71st and Memorial and often slept on benches in her mother’s bar. At an early age she was witnessed to her Mother’s abortion in her house and then experienced her own.
A former associate director of the University of Tulsa’s Center for Health Policy Research, Santee was also a past executive director of Oklahoma NARAL, the state affiliate of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, and had been a leader in other related organizations.
She received several awards for her work including the League of Women Voters, Oklahoma ACLU and Planned Parenthood of Tulsa. The Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Tulsa named its departmental library in her honor.
Barbara was eighty-one when she died November 7, 2018.
Interview with Barbara Santee
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: October 25. 2017
Date Published: February 1, 2018
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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