The 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Report on American Women

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established a Presidential Commission to examine and report on the status of American women. The Commission, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt from its beginning until her death in 1962, published its report in October 1963. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University partnered to host a two-day, dual-site conference to mark this important historical milestone and to reflect on the status of American women 50 years later.

On Monday, October 14, the JFK Library presented "The 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Report on American Women," an afternoon conference and discussion.

In the second panel, Eleanor Clift moderated a discussion with Aileen Hernandez, Ellen Fitzpatrick and Dorothy Sue Cobble on the history and the legacy of the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

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