Shawhan, Dorothy S.

Lucy Somerville Howorth : New Deal Lawyer, Politician, and Feminist from the South - 1 - Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2006. - 1 online resource (265 p.) - eBooks on Demand Southern Biography Series . - Southern Biography Series .

Cover; Contents; Foreword: Memories of Lucy Somerville Howorth; Preface; 1. Girlhood in Greenville; 2. "A whole human being," 1912-1922; 3. "Hustling in the law," 1922-1927; 4. Howorth and Howorth, Attorneys-at-Law, 1928-1931; Illustrations; 5. "I have a few things to say": The Mississippi Legislature, 1932-1934; 6. A Watchdog for Women, 1935-1946; 7. "I glory in being a feminist," 1947-1954; 8. "Just being Cleveland folks": Retirement after 1957; 9. "Nothing like living a long time": The Last Years; Appendix: Recorded Speeches of Lucy Somerville Howorth; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index

Born, raised, and retired in Mississippi, Lucy Somerville Howorth (1895-1997) was a champion for the rights of women long before feminism emerged as a widely recognized movement. As told by Dorothy S. Shawhan and Martha H. Swain, hers is a remarkable life story-from a small-town upbringing to a career as an attorney, an activist, and the last of a generation of New Deal women in Washington, D.C. She held a presidential appointment under every chief executive from Franklin Roosevelt to John Kennedy.Howorth was a fervent believer in the power of organizations to bring about change, and she became known for her leadership qualities, acumen, and quick appraisal of social problems, particularly as they affected women. Shawhan and Swain point out that her winsome personality, small stature, and delightful sense of humor also aided her as a female aspiring in a man's world. In 1931 she was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives and, after campaigning for Roosevelt, was rewarded by the new president with a federal appointment. She served in a number of subsequent roles, rising to become general counsel of the War Claims Commission, at that time the highest legal position in an executive commission ever filled by a woman.Howorth worked relentlessly for the advancement of women, especially through the American Association for University Women and the National Federation of Business and Professional Women. She lobbied for equality in the workplace, helping to effect significant advances in government and the professions. In 1944, at the request of Eleanor Roosevelt, Howorth delivered the keynote speech at the White House Conference on Women in Postwar Policy-Making, the most memorable of her many public addresses.This first-ever biography of Howorth bestows long-overdue recognition of her many notable achievements and illuminates the activism of women in the decades often considered to be the doldrums of the women's movement.

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Feminists -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Howorth, Lucy Somerville, 1895-1997.
Legislators -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Mississippi. Legislature. House of Representatives -- Biography.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
Women lawyers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Women lawyers -- United States -- Biography.
Women legislators -- Mississippi -- Biography.


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