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Jean Baker: Telling Women’s Stories

Jean Baker: Telling Women’s Stories

Source: Enoch Pratt Free Library Historian and Goucher College professor Jean Baker played a particularly important role in making a place for women in public eye. The women’s movement made her see that the crux of history didn’t have to be kings and male prime ministers. Women and minorities have important stories to tell.

Justice Fighter: Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Justice Fighter: Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Source: Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame Throughout her distinguished life and career, Juanita Jackson Mitchell fought for justice wherever she found injustice, drawing on a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy, intellect, and determination to make our world a more just and equitable place for all.

A Cleaner Earth: Rachel Carson

A Cleaner Earth: Rachel Carson

Source: Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame Rachel Carson changed our world for the better, quite literally, with her 1962 book “Silent Spring.” In it, she brought attention to the contamination of our environment through the use of pesticides.

America’s beloved poet: Lucille Clifton

America’s beloved poet: Lucille Clifton

Source: Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame In her work, Poet Lucille Clifton explored the African-American experience and exalted our human capacity to persevere. For her efforts, she won major awards and widespread appreciation, including the claim that no American poet was more beloved than she.

Dean of the Women: Barbara Mikulski

Dean of the Women: Barbara Mikulski

Source: Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame Senator Barbara Mikulski served longer in Congress than any other woman in U.S. history. During her tenure, she came to be known as the Dean of Women not only blazing a trail in government but also for mentoring her colleagues. And she keeps on working for all us.

The Power of the Voting Booth: Victorine Adams

The Power of the Voting Booth: Victorine Adams

Source: Maryland State Archives If Baltimore’s black residents voted in greater numbers, political candidates would have to pay attention to them or risk losing at their hands, the great activist Victorine Adams recognized in the 1940s. So she went out and registered them by the thousands

Continuing the Fight: Lavinia Margaret Engle

Continuing the Fight: Lavinia Margaret Engle

Source: Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame The ratification of suffrage did not mark the end of the fight for women’s voting rights, according to Lavinia Margaret Engle. Women needed to stay organized to overcome any obstacles they might face in exercising their new right, she believed. So she helped to establish the Maryland League of …

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