FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2021
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706
Young lawyers to launch website educating students about iconic women in legal history
AUSTIN—The Texas Young Lawyers Association is preparing to launch an online learning platform designed to educate school students about iconic women in our nation’s legal history who have promoted and protected civil rights, fought for equality, and ultimately shaped our present culture.
The project—Iconic Women in Legal History—is TYLA’s signature public service project for 2020-2021. It will be available for free to the public at iconicwomen.tyla.org beginning March 15.
The project is designed to give Texas high school educators an effective tool to teach this portion of history. The project focuses on telling the stories of iconic women who are often overlooked or left out of mainstream textbooks. It features videos and interviews with historians, legal scholars, relatives, and even the iconic women themselves.
The project will include stories about Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Louise Raggio, Dolores Huerta, and many other inspirational women. It also features an interview with Gloria Allred, one of our nation’s prominent defenders of civil rights for women and minorities.
“The Texas Young Lawyers Association is incredibly proud to celebrate the impact women have made to the legal profession and the history of this nation,” 2020-2021 TYLA President Britney Harrison said. “As an African-American female, I am particularly grateful for the women that stood up for equality and fought for the rights and privileges that I enjoy today.”
Iconic Women in Legal History is made possible by a $42,500 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $21 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.
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