Maryann Mahaffey


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(1925–2006) Maryann Mahaffey used her political influence to address the issues of poverty, women's rights, civil rights, and the peace movement. She served on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Wayne State University from 1965 until 1990, retiring with Emerita status. As a leading proponent of social workers becoming politically active, Mahaffey established some of the first internships in political settings in the late 1960s. This partnership between politics and social work was to become Mahaffey's life work, her legacy, and her hallmark. In 1974 Mahaffey was elected to Detroit City Council where she served until January, 2006. She was both President Pro Tem and President of the Council at different times throughout her eight-term political career. As a Detroit City Council member, Mahaffey was able to bring her social work training to bear as she established a rape crisis center in the Detroit Police Department, improved housing opportunities for low-income people, and wrote the policy on homelessness for New Detroit, Inc. Mahaffey testified before the Michigan legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on many topics.


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