Michelle Daugherty Siri
The Women’s Law Center of Maryland
(2019 Circle of Excellence inductee)
Since joining The Women’s Law Center of Maryland in 2015, Michelle Daugherty Siri has overseen expansion of the organization’s legislative initiatives. Because of Siri’s background in employment law, the center has added economic security to the slate of issues it addresses, which already included reproductive rights, domestic violence and family law.
The center now participates in legislation related to equal pay, pregnancy discrimination and minimum wage. In the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the WLC took an active position on a record 133 pieces of legislation including playing an important supporting role for the passage of the Earned Safe and Sick Leave bill.
How have you embraced your journey?
I had been practicing as an attorney for about a dozen years when a friend recruited me to a job with the federal government. A week after starting there I saw the job posting for the Women’s Law Center’s executive director position and thought, how amazing, my two passions — women’s rights and the law — all rolled into one, but too bad I just started another job. Then two different friends from different points in my life forwarded the job posting to me and said you’ve got to consider this. It didn’t fit into the “grand plan” in my head — the timing was awful, I felt I didn’t have the right experience, but I knew opportunities like this don’t come around often and so I made a giant leap of faith.