Mary Jane Rathbun didn’t look like a rebel, but looks can be deceiving.
At first glance, what people saw was a grandmotherly woman with large glasses, a silvery perm and a sweater vest, more likely inspiring visions of knitting by a duck pond than fighting against drug prohibition.
But Rathbun, also known as “Brownie Mary,” spent a lifetime fighting against the system and for what she thought was just.
Indeed, she was said to have fighting spirit. Rathbun was kicked out of Catholic school as a youth after “[striking] back at a nun who had caned her and got in a few good licks herself,” per the New York Times.
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