Kathleen Scott Robertson was born in Norwood, MA on May 9, 1921 to Helen and Charles Robertson, both immigrants from Scotland. Helen and Charles had 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls, with Kathleen being the 5th born. Each child was expected to help support the family so after graduating from high school, Kathleen worked as a nanny and then at a parachute factory with much of her pay going to help pay the family bills.
In her brief life, Mary Lou Baker made a difference. Born in Utah, her family moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1925. She attended Florida Southern College and Stetson Law School. In 1942, she succeeded in winning a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, becoming only the second woman to hold office in that political body. When she took her seat in the wartime 1943 Legislature, she was the only woman. Baker boldly introduced the Women’s Rights bill.