Enshrined in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, Maryann Mahaffey was a champion for women’s rights, filing the precedent-setting lawsuit which established a woman's right to run for office using her birth name, leading the fight to open the doors of the Detroit Athletic Club to women, and enacting an ordinance explaining and prohibiting sexual harassment of city employees.
A longtime professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work, Maryann left a legacy in the hundreds of students and rising stars she taught and mentored, including the late City Council Member and President Erma Henderson, the current Dean of the WSU School of Social Work, and members of the WSU Board of Governors.
To honor and memorialize the impact Maryann made in Detroit and at Wayne State, Wayne State University’s School of Social Work is honoring her work through the Maryann Mahaffey Legacy Fund.
Help us ensure that Maryann’s memory and impact is honored by making a gift to honor her.
Gifts to this fund will be used to support initiatives and events that support the elimination of poverty and housing insecurities, the advancement of disability justice, and other causes that Maryann championed.
Ms. Mahaffey, a proud social worker, was the first woman elected as President to the National Association of Social Workers, co-edited a seminal text (Practical Politics: Social Work and Political Responsibility), and was a member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Social Work.
Maryann Mahaffey served 12 years as a City Council President and 32 years as a Member. She was also an author, educator, civil rights activist, volunteer and political leader at local, state, national and international levels for nearly sixty years, putting into action her deep commitment to solving critical social issues.
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