Honoring Black History Month: Mary T. Washington
In honor of Black History Month, we want to remember the achievements of the African Americans who helped shape U.S. History. In 1943, Mary T Washington became the First Black Female CPA and also the 13th Black CPA in the U.S. A native to Chicago, where she started her own accounting firm, Washington, Pittman & McKeer has become one of the largest black-owned accounting firms in the country. She was credited with mentoring and helping many young black professionals who aspired to become CPAs by providing the experience needed to meet the licensing requirements. In her honor, the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund was formed with the Illinois CPA Society to help promote diversity in the accounting profession.
You can read more about Mary T. Washington in Theresa Hammond's book A White-Collar Profession: African American Certified Public Accountants Since 1921 and learn more about the other African Americans who helped shape the accounting profession in the U.S.
Mary T. Washington