Archive for January, 2011

Pioneering Texas Lawyer, Louise Raggio, dies at 91

January 24th, 2011

Trailblazing lawyer Louise Raggio, the first female District Attorney in Dallas, Texas, who would also become that office’s first woman to prosecute a criminal case, died Sunday at the age of 91.

Raggio’s greatest legacy was her role in passing the landmark Texas Marital Property Act of 1967. In a documentary released in the 1960s, Raggio noted that Texas was one of the worst states in the nation in terms of women’s property rights.

Raggio said: “Basically when a man and woman married, they said the husband and wife were one, and he was the one, because all her property rights when she married were not hers anymore. If she owned an apartment house free and clear when she married, the rents belonged to her husband, and if she had bank account he could tell her bank not to let her withdraw any of her funds.”

Outraged at the blatant discrimination of the law, she championed the groundbreaking statue in 1967. Many women were inspired by Raggio’s dedication in fighting for women’s legal rights and followed in her footsteps.

Local Mother Who founded the “Women Strike for Peace Movement” dies at 94

January 24th, 2011

Local Gerogetown, Washington DC hero, Dagmar Wilson, who co-founded the Women Strike for Peace movement that later grew to include a half-million members, died on January 6 at the Washington Home and Community Hospices.  She was 94 years old and died of complications from congestive heart failure.

In 1961, during the height of the US-Soviet nuclear arms race, Wilson, a homemaker and successful children’s book illustrator, organized a phone tree and encouraged her friends to call on their friends to rally support for a one-day demonstration in support of peace and disarmament.

On Nov. 1, 1961, less than two months later, some 50,000 mothers, grandmothers and other women took to the streets to demonstrate in 60 cities across the country.

“I decided there are some things an individual can do.  At least we can make some noise and see,” she once said.  

The movement garned such a wide and far-reaching support for antiproliferation that President Kennedy credited the group with helping to force the Cold War supowerpowers to eventually sign a partial nucelar test-ban treaty.

Wilson is survived be her three daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Source: The Washington Post, January 24.