Introduction: Georgia Women of Achievement & Madrid Loyd Williams

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Introduction: Georgia Women of Achievement & Madrid Loyd Williams


White, Lisa L., The Journal of Southern Legal History


Georgia Women of Achievement is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the life stories and legacies of significant women in Georgia history. It is the only women's history hall of fame in the state, and one of but a few in the United States. Established at the suggestion of former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, the organization held its first induction ceremony at Wesleyan College in 1992. From interpreter Mary Musgrove Bosomworth, to Georgia's founder James Edward Oglethorpe, to Civil War diarist Eliza Frances Andrews, to the first female United States Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton, to Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, to the first female lawyer to appear before the Georgia Supreme Court, Viola Ross Napier, Georgia's women's history hall of fame preserves the achievements of remarkable women in order that students of tomorrow may learn from their examples.

Madrid Loyd Williams rose from modest origins to become the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Bar Association, and later, the State Bar of Georgia. Mostly self-educated, Madrid could hold her own with poise, dignity and wisdom in any situation and against the seemingly daunting task of keeping thirty-five plus Georgia State Bar Presidents, for whom she served, happy, while the organization and number of lawyers in Georgia grew exponentially. …

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