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Laughlin, Gail (07 May 1868–13 March 1952), feminist, lawyer, and state legislator, was born Abbie Hill “Gail” Laughlin in Robbinston, Maine, the daughter of Robert Clark Laughlin, an ironworker, and Elizabeth Porter Stuart. After the death of her father, Laughlin’s indigent family moved to Saint Stephen, New Brunswick, where her mother’s family resided. In 1880 the family settled in Portland, Maine, where Laughlin graduated from Portland High School in 1886, receiving a medal for the highest marks....

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Mankin, Helen Douglas (11 September 1894–25 July 1956), lawyer and legislator, was born Helen Douglas in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Hamilton Douglas and Corinne Williams, lawyers and educators. Mankin’s parents had earned law degrees together at the University of Michigan and then moved to Atlanta, where Mankin’s father practiced law and helped found Atlanta Law School. Denied admission to the Georgia bar because of her sex, Corinne Douglas became a teacher and a pioneer in the education of women....