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Marguerite Rawalt

Dr. Marguerite Rawalt (16 October 1895 – 16 December 1989) was an American writer and lawyer who lobbied in Congress on behalf of women's rights. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 30 years, and served on the board of directors for numerous interest groups relating to women's rights issues. Rawalt was a member of the National Presbyterian Church.

Early life

Rawalt was the oldest of three children, and was born in Prairie City, Illinois.[1][2] Her family eventually moved to Texas and settled there.[1] She received her bachelor's law degree in 1933 and her master's law degree in 1936 from George Washington Law School.[3] In 1933, she started working as an attorney in the office of chief counsel for the Bureau of Internal Revenue.[3]

Women's issues and law

In 1943, Rawalt was elected as president of the Federal Bar Association, the first woman to hold the position.[1][4][5] During 1943 she also served as president of the National Association of Women Lawyers.[3] In 1966, Rawawlt became a member of the National Organization for Women, and acted as their first legal counsel.[2][3]

Rawalt became involved with President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women under the invitation of Esther Peterson.[1][6] In 1964, Marguerite Rawalt wrote to members of Business and Professional Women and Zonta International, asking them to lobby for the passage of provision VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination by employers on the basis of sex.[7] In 1972, Rawalt founded the Marguerite Rawalt Legal Defense Fund, a group focused funding legal cases involving women's equity, particularly relating to financial equity.[8]

She retired from the IRS in 1965, having been employed by them for 30 years.[2][4]

See also


External links

  • In Memoriam: Marguerite Rawalt
  • Harvard University Library - Rawalt, Marguerite

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