Mary Lou Baker

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Mary Lou Baker
Born1914 (1914)
Utah, U.S.
Died1965 (1966)
EducationStetson University (LD)
OccupationPolitician
AwardsFlorida Women's Hall of Fame

Mary Lou Baker (born 1914–1965)[1] was a member of the Florida House of Representatives and a women's rights activist.

Early life[edit]

Born in Utah,[2] Baker moved to Florida in 1925, where her father served as a judge and her mother headed the Florida Democratic Women's Club.[1]

Education[edit]

She has a law degree from Stetson University.[1]

Career[edit]

Mary Lou held a seat in the Florida House of Representatives from 1942 to 1945.[2] In this role, she passed the Women's Rights bill to let women operate their family business while their husband was serving in the military, including the conveying property, create documents, and sue. She was also a strong advocate of co-ed education and was instrumental for the inclusion of women in the University of Florida. She also tried unsuccessfully to open juries to women, something that would not be accomplished until 1949.[1] In 1946, she lost her bid for reelection and returned to practicing as a lawyer.

Death[edit]

Baker died in 1965 at age 50. She was survived by a son. After many years of nominations, she was inducted to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2017.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Column: Why Mary Lou Baker belongs in Florida Women's Hall of Fame". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mary Lou Baker - Florida Women's Hall of Fame". Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Florida Commission on the Status of Women - Florida Women's Hall of Fame Celebrates 35th Anniversary & 100th Inductee". Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Retrieved 13 September 2018.