The first semblance of celebrating women's history in our nation
came to light in the 1970s. The official observance has since grown
into a month-long celebration. First recognized as "Women's History
Week" in 1981, National Women's History Month carries throughout
the month of March and enjoys bipartisan support in the House and
Senate, as both continue to support the resolution annually.
This national observance is also a timely excuse for me to
highlight the extraordinary women who enrich our profession and
those who simply serve as an inspiration to us all.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer will
deliver the keynote speech at the MBA's Centennial Conference, the
highlight of the organization's 100th anniversary
celebration, which will be held May 18 and 19 in Boston.
"We are honored to have a sitting justice on our country's highest
court accept our invitation to share his insight firsthand at our
Centennial Dinner. We look forward to what will be a remarkable
keynote address," said Martin W. Healy, the Massachusetts Bar
Association's chief operating officer and chief legal counsel.
In 1913, the Massachusetts Bar Association set a national
precedent when it admitted its first female member, Mary A. Mahan.
After this milestone, it would be quite some time for the MBA to
appoint its first female president. However, when it did in 1986,
each of the eight female leaders of the MBA blazed impressive, but
distinct paths during their respective terms.