Over Louise Raggio: Mother Of Family Law In Texas

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Over Louise Raggio’s 50 plus year career, she was prominent in changing the rights for women in Texas, earning her the nickname “Mother of Family Law in Texas.” Surviving the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, she graduated number two in her class, and found a job as assistant District Attorney in 1954, becoming the first woman prosecutor in a Texas Criminal Court. She supported her family by working, while her husband started his own law firm. Later she quit the DA’s office to join her husband at his firm and practice with him. The 1960s were not the best of times for women. A married woman had less rights than a single woman. If married, a woman couldn’t do anything without her husband, such as take out a loan, or start
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