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Remembering a Woman Who Made History

Posted by sherrysaunders on January 11, 2010

Business and Professional Woman’s Foundation and women across the country have lost a friend and avid supporter of women’s rights and workplace equity.  Mariwyn Heath was a woman who understood that women needed to misbehave, speak out and act to create meaningful social change.  

Mariwyn D. Heath, a long time BPW/USA member and BPW Foundation supporter, spent her entire professional life working to advance women in government, business, education and community life. She was a role model for working women seeking to balance their lives as wives, mothers, business women and community advocates.

For more than five decades, Mariwyn devoted herself to promoting passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and to improving the status of women. She paved the way for all of us with her tireless work for women’s rights and employment opportunities. She was a consultant on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to both the Ford and Carter Administrations and presented ERA testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

In recognition of her work, BPW/USA created the Mariwyn Heath Equal Rights Amendment Award, which was given to an individual/group who demonstrated significant support of equal rights for women. 

Mariwyn received various appointments from five Ohio governors, both Democratic and Republican and received numerous honors and awards including the 2001 BPW/USA Women Mean Business Award, selection to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, and a listing in Who’s Who of American Women.  

We must always remember we stand on the shoulders of those women who sacrificed for us in the past and Mariwyn was one of those women.  Thank you Mariwyn, you will not be forgotten.

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7 Responses to “Remembering a Woman Who Made History”

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  2. JoEtta Y. Wickliffe said

    Mariwyn, was a long time friend and one that I admired deeply. She was a role model for all women, her dedication to BPW and all working women is something that all of us can take pride in.
    May she rest in peace.

  3. Gloria Bailey said

    Yes, Mariwyn was quite a wonder and inspiration! Newver will there be another one who is so knowledgeable about who supports women in Congress than her!

  4. Mariwyn was a role model to many women and definitely made an impact on my life. A true friend and colleague who will be dearly missed.

    In peace may you rest…

  5. Pat Taylor said

    Mariwyn was a pioneer, role model, ferocious worker for the cause of equal rights, and a loyal friend. She is an example to us all. She will be missed. It’s up to us to carry on her unfinished work.

  6. Mariwyn Heath was just plain special. I posted my tribute http://bit.ly/mariwyn to her as a mentor, friend, and colleague on the ERA campaign. Thanks for having the place where tributes to her can be shared.

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