Established in 1961 by President Kennedy and chaired by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women sought to address discrimination against women in labor, education and policy. With its final report in 1963, the commission documented extensive discrimination against women throughout America, and put forth several policy recommendations to combat unfair practices. In this program, a panel of historians and activists examine the origins of the commission, and the impact it has had on women’s rights in America. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation hosted this hour-long event.
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