Eleanor Roosevelt’s List

During one of her weekly radio broadcasts in March 1935, Eleanor Roosevelt mentioned eleven American women “who have been and are a constant inspiration and help to me.” Here is ER’s list, as reported in the “New York Times” (3/9/1935, p. 17): “Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, a prominent suffragist . . . Carrie Chapman Catt, suffragist & advocate for world peace; Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago; Lillian D. Wald, social worker, leading figure in the development of the Henry Street Settlement; Phoebe Omilie of the Bureau of Aviation of the Department of Commerce; Amelia Earhart, flier; Mary K. Simkhovitch, founder and director of Greenwich House; Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor; Mary Dillon, head of the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company; Josephine Roche, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Dorothy Canfield Fisher, novelist.”
Some names would be on my list, for example Frances Perkins, the subject of one of my biographies, others were new to me, for example Omilie and Dillon.  What about you? Who would be on your list?

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2 Responses to Eleanor Roosevelt’s List

  1. Mikel Hanson says:

    I really love posts like these that open eyes up to people and women who should be recognized for hard work they put in. Sharing who we find important for others to see too is a great way to bring people together! A new book coming out this spring titled ‘51% Women and Politics’ showcases great things women are doing while making history. Look out for this book to gain new insights on other people worth recognizing!

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