Howard History

September 25, 2005


Notwithstanding ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote nine years earlier, women's rights still had a way to go as of 1929, as this item from the minutes of the Howard County Board of Education indicates.

On Sept. 3, 1929, the board unanimously passed a resolution saying that "after the beginning of the school year, no more married teachers will be employed in the public schools of the county. If any of the young ladies teaching in the county should marry during the school term or at the close of the school, said teachers may consider her position vacant at once without further notice."

The board went on to say that it would not interfere with any married teachers already on staff, "but this resolution was passed as a warning to other teachers."

[Source: History of Blacks in Howard County Maryland, by Alice Cornelison, Silas E. Craft Sr. and Lillie Price]

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