March is Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women to events in history, various causes, industries and fields of study in contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in many countries worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The National Women’s History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Its mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing educational materials and programs. Each year it announces the theme for Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” (STEM).
One of the very important women in Crawford’s 70+-year history was June Glenn. June Glenn was called, “Atlantic City’s First Lady,” because she was—as far as can be determined— the first female insurance claims adjuster in the city. June joined Crawford in 1960, and in addition to managing office operations she immediately began handling workers compensation claims. She had already been in the claim business since her graduation from high school in 1951 and was first employed in the claim department of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co. in Atlantic City.
By the mid 1960s, June had been handling all types of claims, and was the only woman in the area working outside the office in the field meeting claimants. In her pursuit of claimants and insureds, she frequently came in contact with other local adjusters, and Vincent Alexander, local claims manager for Glens Falls Indemnity Co., proposed her for membership in the local Claim Association. The Association had to amend its by-laws to include women, but did so unanimously and welcomed her into its membership.
June was one of the first women to enroll in the Independent Insurance Agent (IIA) program, and in December, 1965, after completing the program and taking the exams, she became one of the first two women to have earned her diploma in Insurance Loss and Claim Adjusting.