In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. The commission and the 1963 report drew national attention to the issue of women’s status in the U.S. It brought to the fore long-standing discussions and tensions about women’s rights, and sparked additional feminist mobilization.
Would you like to brush up on your history of the commission and view footage of President Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt discussing women’s rights? Check out the short film “American Women: A Presidential Commission” (http://vimeo.com/77168113).
To honor the anniversary, the Department of Labor is hosting a panel discussion/webcast on the status of women in today’s economy. It is on December 10 at 9 am est. (http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/live/). [Note: Webcast cancelled due to inclement weather in Washington D.C., post will be updated when new date is announced]