Gertrude Polcar was a Parma City Council member from 1960 to 1968, and an assistant attorney general of Ohio from 1945-1949 and 1957-1959. She then entered the Ohio General Assembly for two terms in the Ohio House beginning in 1968.
During her career as a state representative, she joined other women legislators in sponsoring bills that would guarantee women equal rights in the work place. She fought to include "sex" as a distinction so that outdated laws that prohibited women from working certain jobs or overtime hours would be repealed.
A graduate of Stanford University, she received her legal degree from the University of Chicago. Polcar was a member of the Ohio, Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County bar associations, the Women Lawyers Club of Cleveland, the South Ridge Civic Association, and the Parma Homeowners Association.
Biography courtesy of the Ohio Women's Policy and Research Commission