“Laudable Lawyers: Women in Law” was the theme Saturday, Aug. 29 at a celebration of Women’s Equality Day at the Oberlin Inn.
About 70 women and men commemorated the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
Attorneys James Fruth of Behm & Henry in Tiffin, Ohio, and Victor Perez of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, also in Tiffin, provided a look back at 19th century women attorneys and sisters Florence and Nettie Cronise.
Attorney Charlita Anderson-White, who serves as magistrate of the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court Juvenile Division, researched and shared the story of Maude Washburn, the first female attorney in Lorain County to be accepted to the bar.
Farah Emeka, assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County, shared insights and reflections on the remarkable careers and of U.S. attorney generals Janet Reno and Loretta Lynch.
Ovidia Guaderrama headed the planning committee. The program was moderated by Ellen Mavrich, president of the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area.
The luncheon was sponsored by community groups including the 19th Century Club, AAUW Sandusky Branch, members of ACLU of North Central Ohio, Cleveland AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Coalition of Labor Union Women, League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area, Oberlin NAACP, Oberlin Area NOW, Oberlin Business Partnership, Oberlin Public Library, and Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice.