Groundbreakers

Anita Pollitzer

(1984-1975) As a native of Charleston, Pollitzer was an activist for women’s suffrage. She attended Columbia University and after graduation she became the national secretary of the National Woman’s Party. …

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Charlotta Bass

(1874-1969) Mrs. Bass was born in Sumter, South Carolina and was a civil rights activist before she moved to California to become the editor of The California Eagle. She became …

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Mary Gordon Ellis

(1890-1934) As a native of Gourdin, South Carolina, Mary Gordon Ellis moved to Rock Hill to attend Winthrop College and to become an educator. After becoming a teacher and principal …

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Maggie Wallace Glover

(1948- ) Maggie Glover was the first African-American woman to be elected to the SC State Senate. Born in Florence, Glover graduated from Fayetteville State University and received her Masters …

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Betty Jo Rhea

(1929- ) As told by Southeastern Institute intern Amy Soukup As a college junior, I’ve grown up being told that women can do anything men can do.  The women who …

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