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Ruth Freed Bequest

After graduating law school in 1958, Ruth Freed ז״ל realized that firms were refusing to hire women, and wouldn’t even allow her to work without pay. ”You hear stories about Justice Ginsburg being offered a job as a legal secretary….so I opened my own office,” she said.  A half century later, the Daily Reporter in Columbus headlined that “In days when female attorneys were a rarity, Ruth Freed felt more like a star than a pioneer.” Freed practiced on the East Side and was a long-time member of the Foundation’s Legal and Tax Advisory Committee. We received recent notice of a bequest from her estate to support the Foundation’s operations and community-wide grants program.

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