This post has been updated to reflect that the nomination deadline has been extended to December 1.
They were powerful, they were numerous, and they wrote the news of the day. Yet, for all 12 years of her tenure as first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt banned male journalists from her White House press conferences. Why? In her words,
“Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.”
This unprecedented and exclusive access to breaking news and the White House gave women journalists leverage over their employers. By showing that women could quickly learn to be skillful reporters on topics as diverse and complicated as defense, foreign affairs, and economics, Roosevelt helped break through the glass ceiling and assure women’s entry into professional journalism.
Do you know an individual, project, or organization that has also done something unique or effective to advance equity and education for women and girls? Call attention to these efforts by nominating the individual or program for an AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award!
The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equity and education for women and girls. It is given for a broad range of activities, including classroom teaching, education and research, and legal and legislative work. While the award focuses on education, the recipient need not be an educator.
In addition to generous honorariums, awardees receive unique publicity opportunities for their projects and for the communities they serve, including a speaking role at the AAUW National Convention and a national press release.
Roosevelt used press conferences to spotlight her work to improve the lives of women and girls in her era. You can use an Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award nomination to do the same. Nominations are due December 1. We accept self-nominations and nominations of organizations for which you work. Additional details and the nomination form are available online.
This post was written by AAUW Fellowships and Grants Program Officer Shana Sabbath.