Bernice Shiner

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Bernice Shiner was born in Ernest, Pennsylvania back in 1931. I have no history about her schooling, childhood however I do know one thing. She loved to play a game. More later on what that game was. In her mid-thirties she was already married and working as a secretary. According to what I’ve read one night she told her husband she was going to pursue the game that she loved.

Well to accomplish that goal she had to go back to school and she did so in 1967. She excelled in her training however at the time there were no facilities for females and she had to stay in a local motel during that training. She was rejected for gender stating she did not meet the physical requirement for the job. So what is a red-blooded American woman to do? Well I’m so glad you asked that question as I know the answer. She filed a discrimination suit which lasted several years and she won. William Feela you best know this one, I’m calling you out… LOL BTW I’m writing about Bernice Shiner Gera.

On June 23, 1972 she gained national attention when she became the first woman umpire for the National Association of Baseball Leagues. She umpired a doubleheader between the Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins. Sadly, she died of kidney cancer in 1992. A historical marker honoring her is located at Blue Spruce Park, Pennsylvania.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

THanks for the story about Bernice Shiner Gera! There had to be a first and now I know who it is! 

Sep 19, 2016 09:13 PM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I remember this being in the local media.

The only problem would be we know a woman is never wrong!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 19, 2016 09:27 PM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Have a faint memory of this, very faint. Thus, my frustration continues! Enjoy your day!

Sep 19, 2016 09:45 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

What a wonderful story! I've never heard of Bernice Shiner Gera ot her suit..fascinating. Thanks for enlightening us!

Sep 19, 2016 10:06 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray Bernice Shiner Gera was certainly a 'trailblazer' for women with this achievement. Thanks!

Sep 19, 2016 10:40 PM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Bernice Shiner Gera is one of the real heroins of the woman's movement. It takes courage to blaze a trail for others, realizing it may affect your entire career aspirations and reputation. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 19, 2016 10:47 PM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray  I learn something new from you every day .

Sep 19, 2016 11:16 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- thank goodness for the strong women who came before us!!

Sep 19, 2016 11:58 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... not being a big baseball watcher, I had no idea. But I do love hearing about women like Bernice who are brave enough to break down barriers for the rest of us.

Sep 20, 2016 12:21 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We are not baseball fans, and we love stories of women and men who break a barrier.  Bernice is definitely a great example of that.  A

Sep 20, 2016 12:23 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is very cool, I was thinking that it was baseball, but wasn't sure until the very end of your post.

Sep 20, 2016 04:19 AM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I had no idea about this woman, but I did love the story.

Sep 20, 2016 06:52 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I bet the managers didn't try to throw dust at her with their shoes. FYI, enjoying my time in Fayetteville right now and sorry you are not at the ARA conference.

Sep 20, 2016 07:04 AM #13
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