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    Stevenson v. Castles

    In honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing last week, the PCMC would like to acknowledge her impact on the Canal Zone. In 1973, PCC budget analyst June Stevenson took the Panama Canal Company to court due to unequal employee benefits for women and men. Federally employed Canal Zone women whose spouses were privately employed were denied benefits such as eligibility for housing and free schooling for their children. Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as Stevenson’s attorney and won the case in 1978. Stevenson’s daughter, Lori Snow, summarizes: “June A. Stevenson worked originally with a local lawyer who advised her to seek council from the courts of New Orleans once she encountered…

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    La Boca Normal Training School

    In a recent oral history interview conducted by Pan Caribbean Sankofa, Inc. in collaboration with the PCMC, an interview participant recalled her experiences attending La Boca Normal Training School after high school to train as a teacher. She would become a second-grade teacher and, later, a school crossing guard in the community. What do you remember about La Boca Normal Training School or other schools in La Boca? La Boca Normal Training School yearbook, The Thinker, 1944, pgs. 79-82