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44 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM D avid Tachau, a partner in the Louisville law firm Tachau Meek PLC, is quick to give credit — so much of who he is, especially his feminism and social justice values, is thanks to his mother. That's no surprise, consid- ering his mother, former Uof L professor Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, was a prominent local activist for women's and civil rights. In her 30-year career on campus, Tachau was a nation- ally recognized constitutional historian, the first female chair of the Uof L history department, the first female president of the Faculty Senate and the first fac- ulty woman to sit on the Board of Trustees. Soon after earning her mas- ter's degree in history from Uof L in 1958, she began teach- ing and quickly became an influ- ential advocate in statewide government, chairing the Ken- tucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and serv- ing on the state Commission on Human Rights. She also was a historical adviser to the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee and worked with the Commis- sion on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. But while she was break- ing barriers at the same time as national feminist icons such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Stei- nem, Tachau's contributions were generally more local. WOMEN'S CENTER ESSAY CONTEST SHINES LIGHT ON UOFL'S UNSUNG WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST LAUDING BY NIKI KING A LEGACY

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