Sally T. Grant

Ms. Sally T. Grant was born in Maryland and for years has worked passionately in the field of women’s rights and civil liberties in her home state.

Ms. Grant received her Bachelor of Science in History in 1977 from Towson University where she was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society. In 1979, she earned a post-graduate degree from Goucher College's Women’s Management Institute.

Ms. Grant has served as a role model for women and young girls by working in business and legal fields at a time when few women did. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ms. Grant managed her own business as a stockbroker before moving on to the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s Management Project. She later worked as a Field Director in Baltimore’s City Census Study in the 1980s.

While setting an example as a leader in her professional life, Ms. Grant also worked energetically within various nonprofit and volunteer organizations. In 1982, Governor Harry Hughes appointed Ms. Grant to the Maryland Commission for Women and he later elevated her to the Commission’s Chair – a position Ms. Grant held from 1984 to 1988. As Commission Chair, Ms. Grant encouraged other women to become actively involved in social issues by advocating for bills that established pay equity and flex time for State employees. She also had Commission meetings held throughout the state in order that women from across Maryland could participate and Commission members would become aware of geographically diverse issues.

Ms. Grant also worked within many other service-oriented organizations, including both the Maryland and Baltimore divisions of the League of Women Voters, for both of which she served as Vice-President. She was also a founder of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women’s Alliance of Maryland, and served as Vice President of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Girl Scouts of Maryland. Ms. Grant also worked as President of the House of Ruth and was involved in the Maryland New Directions, the Maryland Volunteer Network and the Hias of the Associated Jewish Charities. In 1993, Ms. Grant became involved with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland by joining the Board of Governors’ Executive Committee. For ten years, Ms. Grant served as President of the Board, and continues to work as the Maryland representative to the ACLU’s National Board, where she is involved with the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee.

For her work, Ms. Grant earned the distinction of the Woman of the Year Award in 1985 from the Baltimore City Business and Professional Women organization.

Biography courtesy of the Maryland Commission for Women, 2007.

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