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Presidential Commission on Women's Rights Headed by Eleanor Roosevelt

Dec. 14, 1961 - President Kennedy established today a commission headed by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to advance the cause of women’s rights. The President said the group, known as the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, would make studies of “all barriers to the full partnership of women in our democracy.” He said he expected the commission to report by Oct. 1, 1963, on what remained to be done to “demolish prejudices and outmoded customs.” The emphasis in the President’s statement was on setting up Federal employment practices as a showcase of the value of giving women equal job opportunities. And he set an example. There are 15 women to 11 men on the commission.

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