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To the editor: Debra Bruno’s article on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched me in a unique way [" Supreme Start," Nov. 12, Page 1]. My mother, Evelyn Weltman, passed away this April at the age of 91. She was one of the first female certified public accountants in the state of Illinois. Not surprisingly, CPAs were an even more conservative group than lawyers when she attended accounting school in the 1930s, and thus she faced all that Justice Ginsburg did and even more. There wasn’t even a veneer of respect — professors would tell her that she should become a homemaker and that she would never become a CPA. She persevered in this openly hostile, male-dominated environment and qualified to take the CPA exam. She received the highest score of the 17 people who passed the Illinois CPA exam that year, she recalled. Yet after she was licensed, no one would give her a job. So she founded her own firm, met my dad, convinced him to get his CPA license, and hired him. They worked together as partners in love and business for the next 63 years. Some of my earliest memories are how I used to accompany her to meet with clients — on her day off — and how much pride I felt seeing these business people treating my mother with such respect. Little did I know that I was witnessing something revolutionary — businessmen in the 1950s (there were a few women but most of them were men) entrusting their financial matters to a woman. Like Justice Ginsburg, my mother was a true women’s libber with no trails to follow. Her only regret? That she didn’t become a lawyer. I always wonder what would have happened if she had. I do know that much of my own success is due to the example she provided — of hard work, energy, focus, and, above all, honesty. Amazing women. Great article. Stewart M. Weltman Weltman Law Firm Chicago

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