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Helen Dortch Longstreet

Known as the “Fighting Lady,” Helen Dortch was a champion of causes ranging from the environment to civil rights. She put her heart, financial resources, persuasive words and spirit into righting the wrongs of the world and altered the lives of Georgia citizens through her efforts.

Born in Carnesville in Northeast Georgia, Helen attended Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, now known as Brenau College, and the Notre Dame Convent in Maryland. In 1894 she was appointed Assistant State Librarian, making her the first woman to hold office under Georgia’s state government. She used her gender-breaking position by authoring the “Dortch Bill,” passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 1896, making it possible for women to hold the office of State Librarian.

Read a full profile of Helen Dortch Longstreet on the Georgia Women of Achievement website.

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