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Beyond the Ballot

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In 2020 we celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. To commemorate this milestone, the law firm of Gallagher Evelius & Jones is proud to present "Beyond the Ballot," a series highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of Maryland women since winning the right to vote.

At Gallagher, we value a diverse and inclusive team. Women have played key roles in our firm for decades. "Beyond the Ballot" reflects the values on which our firm was founded and by which we serve people and organizations every day — striving for excellence, compassion and respect for individuals, and dedication to the communities where we live and work.

These stories of exceptional women are intended to inform and inspire others to recognize and realize their own achievements and contributions.

Lucy Diggs Slowe

Sep 13, 2018
Howard University

In 1917,  Baltimore native Lucy Diggs Slowe won the first-ever championship match held by the newly established American Tennis Association, becoming the first African American woman to win a national championship in any sport.

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond

Aug 23, 2018
Baltimore Sun Archives

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

Aug 9, 2018
The Daily Record

Sarah Hemminger is the chief executive and co-founder of an organization called Thread. Thread takes struggling students in the city’s public school system and builds volunteer families around them. The results have been extraordinary.

Jean Baker

Jul 12, 2018

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, that women and minorities have important stories to tell. 

Justice Fighter: Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Jun 27, 2018
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

Jun 6, 2018
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

May 24, 2018
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

May 10, 2018
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

Apr 26, 2018
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

Apr 12, 2018
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 Women Voters and led the organization for more than a decade.