THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
L. Mandy Stellman
“When I Saw an Injustice, I Was Compelled to Take Action to Fix It.”
President and Legal Adviser to the Wisconsin Women’s Coalition (1971). Trainer for the Women’s Crisis Line (1972). Delegate from Wisconsin to the First National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas 1977. In 1970 began acting as an attorney for Milwaukee NOW in many sex discrimination law suits. An attorney for NOW during its 1970s action against Sears; successfully filed a Title VII complaint against the Milwaukee Board of Education; and in 1973 was the attorney of record in obtaining a court order forcing the Milwaukee fire and police departments to appoint women officers. From the 1970s through the 1990s, participated in ERA marches and helped finance many trips for women who could not afford the costs. A member of the ABA, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar, Stellman was the first woman in the nation to become a member of a legal fraternity, Tau Epsilon Rho (1970).
Photo 1. L. Mandy Stellman admitted to the Bar in 1971.
More About Stellman:
- L. Mandy Stellman’s remarks after Gene Boyer presents Mandy with her VFA medal of honor, Veteran Feminists of America Honor Florida Feminists, April 6, 2002
- What Two Can Do – by Chris Roerden
- Extension of Remarks – In the House of Representatives on Battered Women 10.12.1977
- L. Mandy Stellman Helps Other Woman Help Themselves – The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle July 11, 1980
- L. Mandy Stellman receives the Hannah G. Solomon Award from the National Council of Jewish Women-Milwaukee May 25, 1984
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
- Cited in Barbara Love’s book – Feminists Who Changed America – page 444