Cohen, Jane Whitehouse. Women's Political Power in Maryland, 1920-1964. Ph.D. diss., Catholic University of America, 1993.
Annotation / Notes: Challenges the traditional interpretation that women were politically dormant between the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and the start of the women's liberation movement. Women played an active and effective role in Maryland politics in this period. Twenty-seven women served in the state legislature. Others lobbied for social legislation, led reform movements, joined partisan and nonpartisan organizations, and worked to expand women's legal rights. All of this was accomplished by working with the male political leaders who controlled the power structure.
Jones, Nathaniel R., Jack Greenberg, Genna Rae McNeil, Lena S. King Lee, Charles McMathias, John R. Hargrove, Robert B. Watts, Mary Pat Clarke, and John Carroll Byrnes. "In Memoriam: Juanita Jackson Mitchell." Maryland Law Review 52 (1993): 503-29.
Annotation / Notes: Juanita Jackson Mitchell was Maryland's first black female attorney and a leader in the early civil rights movement. She co-founded the City-Wide Young People's Forum in Baltimore in 1931, organized NAACP Youth Councils around the country, married Clarence Mitchell (NAACP lobbyist 1950-1978), and worked with her mother, Lillie Jackson, and the Baltimore NAACP to fight segregation. She was a remarkable woman with an indomitable spirit.
Martin, Edward A. "H.L. Mencken and Equal Rights for Women." Georgia Review 35 (Spring 1981): 65-76.
Annotation / Notes: Mencken has wrongly been stereotyped as a male chauvinist. He consistently supported female suffrage and respected intelligent, independent women. In his writings he often posed as being anti-feminist in order to attack convention. For Mencken, society should be a group of individuals who thought for themselves, and "women were to be equals to men as individuals in such a society" (76). Interestingly, Mencken was Victorian in his personal life, prefering his women to be genteel and chaste.
Meyers, Debra. "The Civic Lives of White Women in Seventeenth-Century Maryland." Maryland Historical Magazine 94 (Fall 1999): 309-27.
Annotation / Notes: Finds that white women in seventeenth century Maryland were active participants in the public sphere. Legal records show that women from all socio-economic levels acted as lawyers, executors of wills, jurors, and litigants. They had recognized legal status and were responsible for their own financial and moral actions. Other records reveal that women served as religious educators, owned property, and managed plantations and other commerical enterprises.
Norton, Mary Beth. "Gender and Defamation in Seventeenth-Century Maryland." William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd. series, 44 (January 1987): 3-39.
Annotation / Notes: Examines 145 defamation suits - over half cases involved women as litigants or witnesses - to assess the basic values of seventeenth-century Marylanders. Both men and married women used the courts to respond to gossip and public accusations that threatened their reputations. Their focus was trustworthiness, but for different reasons. A man's word was central to economic interactions with other men, and to attain a wife he had to be a decent man (cheats and scoundrels need not apply). Charging a single woman with fornification caused no irrepairable damaged, but a married woman had to "retain her husband's good will" to keep her social status.
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