Lisa Sparks opens doors to the law for underprivileged girls.
Now a construction lawyer at Wright, Constable & Skeen in Baltimore, Sparks helps high school girls in challenging circumstances reach their own goals through a pro bono program dubbed “Rosie the Lawyer.” The program’s name is a nod to Rosie the Riveter, star of the iconic World World II-era government campaign aimed at drawing women to the work field.
“[Honoring Rosie] was derived from the idea that there are women here at our firm working not only as successful attorneys, but in industries where women do not dominate,” Sparks says. “Some years, we’ve given the girls pink bandanas to tie around [their heads] like Rosie the Riveter hats. We have this big tin sign with Rosie the Riveter on it, and I always start with a conversation about [her.]”