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7 Decades of Incredible Women This Women’s History Month, Meet 3 Suffragettes I Admire
LUCY STONE (1818–1893) Lucy Stone isn’t as
I feel like I’m always talking about myself in this newsletter, so this month, I’d like to shine the spotlight on a group of people who really deserve it: the strong-willed women who won their peers the right to vote. March is Women’s History
well-known as the other two women on this list, but she was one of the first advocates for the
movement, and the National Park Service reports that her speech at the 1852 National Woman's Rights Convention inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. Lucy also fought against slavery and was one of the first women to publicly refuse to take her husband’s name when she got married as a symbol of her own autonomy. That bold move inspired others to follow suit, and those women called themselves “Lucy Stoners.” My wife, my mother, and both of my late grandmothers are such strong and caring individuals. I respect and admire them, and I plan to raise my daughter, Catherine, to follow in their footsteps. Hopefully, by the time she’s 18 and ready to exercise it, she’ll treasure her hard-won right to vote!
Susan B. Anthony
Matilda Jocelyn Gage
Month, and International Women’s Day falls on Sunday, March 8, so this seemed like the best possible time to shout out some incredible ladies I admire from the American women’s rights movement. When I was studying history in school, I was astounded to learn that the campaign to allow women their right to vote was a seven-decade struggle. According to the Library of Congress, it’s considered the largest reform movement in U.S. history. The movement's pinnacle, the 19th Amendment, is almost 100 years old now, but I don’t think my admiration for the women who fought for it will fade any time soon. After you read a bit about three of them in the next few paragraphs, I think you’ll see why!
a teacher, Susan uncovered the fact that men teaching in her area made $10 per month while women earned $2.50. She soon joined the fight against inequality, including the battle for suffrage and property rights. She was a relentless campaigner, founded the American Equal Rights Association, co-founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, and even voted illegally in 1872. The 19th Amendment is also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment in her honor. Matilda Gage’s childhood home was part of the underground railroad, so she was on the front lines of the fight for equality from a young age. After slavery was abolished, she turned her attention to women’s suffrage. A prolific writer, Matilda was known for writing about women’s contributions to innovation and the military in her book “Women, Church and State” and her newspaper, The National Citizen and Ballot Box. MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE (1826–1898)
SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820–1906)
Ask any American school kid to name a women’s rights leader, and odds are they’ll bring up Susan B. Anthony. Still, her iconic work can’t be understated. As
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The Day Everyone in New York City Moved SMASHED MIRRORS, MAIMED SOFAS, AND MISSING BED-SCREWS
Our Well-Traveled Senior Associate! Meet Amilia Chen
Amilia Chen’s journey to Kevin Patrick Law was a long one. In fact, she has traveled all the way around the world to help us win personal injury cases for our clients! Amilia was born and raised in China, where she went to school at East China University of Political Science and Law. There, she earned her Bachelor of Law degree alongside a degree in English literature. After graduation, when it came time to choose a graduate program, Amilia set her sights on the United States. “I wanted to experience a new life in a different country,” she says. “Plus, the Chinese legal system and the American legal system are very different, and I wanted to see how things worked here.” Law school at Emory University was tough for Amilia because she was operating in her second language. Every day, she read many cases in English, which she said was different from the version of English she’d learned back home. Still, she persevered, mastering the workload and graduating in the summer of 2019. A classmate told her about Kevin Patrick Law and, as they say, the rest is history. Today, Amilia operates as Kevin’s right hand. She assists with his cases; communicates with clients, hospitals, and insurance companies; and files court documents. “I’m enjoying my work right now,” Amilia says. “I had two previous internships back home before I came to America for graduate study. They were with two different companies. One was related to intellectual property law, which is very different from what I’m working on now. The other did contract drafting. I think I’m always on my way to find something new or experience something different from what I’ve done before. Right now, personal injury feels real to me. I get to meet a lot more clients than before and see whole cases through. That’s what I want to learn here.”
Moving is the worst. The costs of hiring a moving company and the sheer amount of time it takes to physically move everything make the whole affair an aggravating mess. And if you thought moving just one house on your street was terrible, imagine the chaos that would ensue if everyone in your whole city moved on the same day. That’s exactly what happened in New York City for nearly two centuries. From Colonial times until the end of World War II, May 1 was Moving Day in New York. On that day, every lease in the city ended, and pandemonium reigned in the streets as everyone scurried to their new homes. Eyewitness accounts of Moving Day describe the tradition as sheer mayhem. An English writer said Moving Day looked like “a population flying from the plague,” and frontiersman Davy Crockett called it an “awful calamity” when he discovered the event in 1834. Still, some people loved Moving Day. Long Island farmers took their carts into the city on May 1 and charged as much as a week’s wages to move desperate tenants’ belongings to their new homes, which was a tidy sum in those days. Children were also fond of Moving Day because they got the day off school to help their families navigate the tumultuous time. A few prominent theories have emerged about the origins of this tradition. Some posit that May 1 coincided with the English celebration of May Day. Others say it morphed out of an event where servants would look for new employers. The most well-known explanation, however, is the May 1 move commemorated the day Dutch colonizers “moved” to Manhattan in the first place. The Moving Day tradition began vanishing in the early 20th century because many cartmen and housing builders were drafted during World War I, leaving fewer movers and less available housing. Additionally, the construction of the New York City subway gave other tenants rapid access to more housing options outside Manhattan. Finally, after many cartmen were again drafted in WWII, the tradition officially ended in 1945.
When she isn’t working, Amilia loves to travel across the U.S. and beyond. Last Christmas, she even took a trip to Puerto Rico.
“I came here alone, but I’ve made a lot of new friends here,” she says.
Amilia, we’re so glad to have you here at Kevin Patrick Law. Thank you for all you do!
You can always reach Kevin directly at 404.566.8964 or Kevin@PatrickTrialLaw.com. (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404.409.3160.)
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Check Out 3 of Atlanta’s Best Celebrations of Irish Luck
Considering the name of our firm, we couldn’t just let St. Patrick’s Day pass by on March 17 without comment! Though St. Patrick’s Day started as a religious holiday in Ireland, here in America, it has become an excuse to make merry, wear green, and raise a pint of dyed beer. Kevin Patrick is as Irish as they come, so in the spirit of the holiday, we’re sharing the details on three of Atlanta’s best celebrations of Irish luck. ST. PATRICK’S GREEN MILE BLOCK PARTY This early St. Patrick’s Day bash is the biggest green-clad celebration in Atlanta, welcoming at least 2,000 people every year. This time around, more than 25 restaurants and bars are participating in the fun, offering complimentary Irish drinks, themed bites, party beads, and other perks to registered partiers! To learn more about the Friday, March 13 event, visit AtlantaBarTours.com. SHAMROCK ‘N ROLL ROAD RACE If a family-friendly event is more your style, you can’t go wrong with the Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race, which takes off from Atlantic Station at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. Kids and pets are welcome on the 5K and 10K race routes, and participants can run, walk, or stroll across the finish line. Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League of Atlanta, and costumes are encouraged! Head to JLAtlanta.org/Shamrock-n-Roll-Road-Race to learn more.
ATLANTA ST. PATRICK'S PARADE 5K RUN/WALK Another active option is the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade 5K Run/ Walk, a morning run that launches at 9:45 a.m. and finishes for an early lunch (and free beer for those over 21) on Peachtree Street. Runners can linger after the race in Colony Square for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and enjoy dancing, drinking, and live music at Luck of the Square! Costumes are welcome at this bash, too. Visit IWeLife.com to learn more and register for the race. If you decide to give one of these events a try, we hope the luck of the Irish is with you! Just remember to stay off the road if you’ve had one too many green beers — we’d hate for you to end up in our office after what should be a fun night.
Ratatouille Ingredients • 1 eggplant, peeled and chopped • 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds • 2 tsp salt • 3/4 cup olive oil, divided • 5 sprigs thyme
• 1 large onion, halved and sliced 1/2-inch thick • 1 red bell pepper, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, sliced • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
Directions 1. Heat oven to 400 F.
2. In a colander, toss eggplant, zucchini, and salt. Let sit for 30 minutes and pat dry. 3. In an ovenproof pot, heat 1/2 cup olive oil. Add half of eggplant mixture, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Remove vegetables from pot. 4. Tie thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine. 5. In the same pot, heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and cook onion, pepper, garlic, and thyme for 8–10 minutes. 6. Add half the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. 7. Stir in original eggplant and zucchini mixture and top with remaining tomatoes. Do not stir. 8. Transfer pot to oven and bake mixture for 15–20 minutes. 9. Remove pot from oven and remove thyme bundle before serving. Inspired by Bon Appétit
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Inside This Issue 1 7 Decades of Incredible Women 2 New York City’s Chaotic Annual Tradition Meet Our World Traveler, Amilia Chen 3 Are You Ready to Party Like a Patrick? Ratatouille 4 Celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
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Giving Back to Local Companies On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, which is huge for small businesses everywhere. Mom-and-pop businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy; Small Business Trends reports that mom-and-pop businesses account for 64% of gross domestic product (GDP) and generate 78% of all new jobs. Furthermore, no matter what turns the economy takes, small-business owners are less likely to lay off their employees than big corporations. Mom- and-pop businesses support all communities, and you can support them by celebrating this unofficial holiday! GIVE YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY A BOOST! Shopping locally has a massive impact on your community. Local businesses return three times the amount of money to the local economy than larger corporations do. With that big of a returned investment, your community can support even more small businesses that generate a wealth of jobs and keep the cycle going. In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar. Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime.
GET SOCIAL AND SPREAD THE WORD! While small businesses utilize every form of marketing available, social media is essential for their success and growth. After shopping at your favorite mom-and-pop business, share that experience on your social media! When you write a post on Facebook or take a picture for Instagram, be sure to tag the business and use relevant hashtags so your friends, family, and everyone else in your community can shop there too. Writing reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp helps establish validity for the company. When another potential customer looks for reviews, they know they’re getting quality products and services from a well-established pillar of the community. The local businesses that are active on social media may post deals and sales for that day only, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses! You are always welcome to write a review for us too :).
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