Reminiscences of Marguerite Rawalt, 1980


Rawalt, Marguerite, 1895-1989 (Interviewee)
Mason, John T., 1909-1998 (Interviewer)
Reminiscences of Marguerite Rawalt, 1980
Early years in Illinois and Texas; legal education, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., admission to bars in Texas and District of Columbia; tax attorney, Internal Revenue Service, 1933; subsequent government career in Internal Revenue Service: special and trial attorney, chief of Brief Review section 1933-1949, assistant head of Appeals and Civil Divisions 1949-1959, staff a ssistant 1959-1960, bureau chief 1961-1962, assistant director Refund Litigation Division, 1963-1965; private practice of law in Washington from 1965, specializing in cases involving employment discrimination; president of National Association of Women Lawyers, member House of Delegates of American Bar Association; only woman attorney to serve as national president of Federal Bar Association, 1943-1944; leadership in women's rights organizations, particularly the National Organization of Women; membership on National Commission on the Status of Women; chair, Task Force on Family Law, 1961-1969; accounts on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 1976 and the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas, in 1977; efforts for ratification of Equal Rights Amendment; activities in many business and professional associations, primarily those emphasizing legal matters and women's rights
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Women lawyers; Lawyers; Government executives--United States; Law--United States; Women's rights--United States; Women--Legal status, laws, etc; Equal rights amendments--United States; United States Politics and government 1933-1945; United States Politics and government 1945-1989; Rawalt, Marguerite, 1895-1989; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; National Organization for Women; United States. Internal Revenue Service
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Lawyer, interviewee married Harry Secord
Interviewed by John T. Mason, Jr.
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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