Laura Carter Callow
Laura Carter Callow was born and raised in Detroit, Mi. She has worked for more than 40 years to gain ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) on both the national and state levels. Raised in a single-parent family, Callow saw firsthand the economic struggles women face. Ever since, Callow has spent her life working for women’s civil rights through letter writing, activism, advocacy, community organizing and speeches.
Her activism in the Women’s Rights Movement began in earnest in 1972 as a founding member of the Northwest Wayne Chapter of the National Organization for Women. At the time, she worked for legislation to end discrimination in credit and allow women the right to have credit in their own name. In 1976, following the first of three unsuccessful attempt to rescind Michigan’s ratification of the ERA, Callow helped form Michigan ERAmerica, a coalition whose first purpose was to protect Michigan’s ratification. Michigan ERAmerica also sought to educate the public about the ERA and raise money for ratification efforts in non-ratified states. The coalition has continued working for the latter two ever since. From 1977 to 1986 she recorded a monthly commentary of various aspects of the ERA on the ‘Point of View’ radio program for WJR Detroit. She has also been active in her community.
Former First Lady of Michigan, Helen Miliken, referred to Laura as the “Susan B. Anthony of Michigan.’ She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Laura is a retired art teacher. She was married to James F Callow for 65 years and is the mother of three, grandmother of six and great grandmother of two.