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Bea Gaddy, Baltimore’s “Mother Theresa”

Bea Gaddy, Baltimore’s “Mother Theresa”

Bea Gaddy was one of Maryland’s most inspirational heroes and surely the greatest champion and protector of the state’s hungry. She is perhaps best remembered today for hosting free Thanksgiving dinners for the poor of Baltimore City.

Sara Whitehurst, insuring women’s place in the jury box

Sara Whitehurst, insuring women’s place in the jury box

When women finally secured the right to vote in 1920, they did not receive a responsibility we now commonly associate with being registered to vote, and that is jury duty. Sara Whitehurst helped change that.

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond, leading pediatric surgeon

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond, leading pediatric surgeon

What does it take to be nationally renowned surgeon? A really big brain seems essential, and Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond certainly had that. An unwavering devotion to caring for others is also critical, and she had that, too, seemingly in limitless supply.

Sarah Hemminger: A Sense of Belonging

Sarah Hemminger: A Sense of Belonging

Sarah Hemminger is the founder of Thread, an organization that takes struggling students in the city’s public school system and builds volunteer families around them.

Judge Diana Motz: The Rare Woman in the Courtroom

Judge Diana Motz: The Rare Woman in the Courtroom

Judge Diana Motz, first Maryland woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit,  believes that her experiences as the rare woman in the classroom and court have benefitted her as a judge.

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

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

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

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.