In Sisterhood: the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh is an oral history and multimedia project designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of an inspiring aspect of the region’s history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local grassroots activists.

In Sisterhood: the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh is an oral history and multimedia project designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of an inspiring aspect of the region’s history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local grassroots activists.

The In Sisterhood Production Team

The In Sisterhood Production Team

Patricia Ulbrich

Patricia Ulbrich, Ph.D. is director and producer. She is a progressive social scientist, film student and visiting scholar in women studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For more than three decades, Dr. Ulbrich’s research has focused women’s issues, including how individuals’ race, class and gender shape their life chances. She was active in Sociologists for Women in Society and was the recipient of their Feminist Activist Award. She co-founded the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania. She served on the board of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. She conceptualized and directs In Sisterhood: the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.

Dino DiStefano

Dino DiStefano attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and began working in the film and video production world in 1999. He has worked on features, commercials, and many documentaries as an audio recording engineer and still photographer.  His documentary photography from Vietnam has been exhibited and also used in the WQED production of In Country: A Vietnam Story (2007).  His digital portraits of the individuals who have participated in this oral history project are a key component of the multimedia exhibit In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.  All photos of featured activists on this website are by Dino.

Deanna Webb

Deanna Webb is the project archivist. She is processing oral histories and archiving the private collections donated by participants in the In Sisterhood project. Deanna will complete a M.L.I.S., Archival Science Concentration at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2020. She has a B.A. in Art History with minors in Anthropology and History from the University of Delaware. Deanna volunteered at the Delaware Art Museum and the Hagley Museum and Library while studying at the University of Delaware. Deana then completed an internship at the Hagley where she collaborated on archiving a major collection of photographs and negatives. She was named the Pitt Partner Archival Intern at the University of Pittsburgh Library System Archives and Special Collections Dept. where she has processes and prepares materials in the Kuntu Repertory Theatre Records Collection.


The production team also includes an interviewer who conducts the oral history interview and a videogapher and audio recordist who record the interview.  The interviewers are trained in oral history interviewing techniques, while the videographers and audio recordists are freelance professionals.