Sadie Loewith was thirty years old before she was allowed to vote, but took on leadership roles in business and local government and fought to ensure other women could do the same. Loewith worked as a teacher for several years before joining her husband’s insurance firm in 1929, taking over the business upon his death in 1952. Her activism began with her work for women’s suffrage, and from 1920, when the nineteenth amendment passed, she involved herself in every election, from local politics to national causes. She created and led a number of local Republican women’s groups. During WWII, she chaired the women’s division of the Bridgeport War Finance Committee, running five bond drives, and chaired the Women’s Mobilization Committee to recruit women to work in both industrial and retail jobs. She served on the Bridgeport Board of Education, establishing a higher minimum wage for teachers and equal salaries for men and women, and was named a Fairfield County commissioner in 1947, where she successfully pushed for women’s representation in policy-making boards for the police department and the board of health, among others.
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