Eleanor Smeal is the founder and president of theFeminist Majority Foundation. I chose her as the Woman of the Week because I will be attending the Women, Money, and Power Forum tomorrow. I'm really excited about all of the speakers including Eleanor Smeal, Sandra Fluke, and several other leaders of feminist organizations. I am looking forward to being in the same room as all of these wonderful women.
Eleanor Smeal joined the National Organization for Women in 1970, and she served as president from 1977 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1987. After leaving NOW in 1987, she founded the Feminist Majority Foundation. Smeal has dedicated her life to gaining equal rights for women, and I am grateful to her for her commitment to fighting for women's rights. She first became interested in feminism when she found that there was a lack of child care facilities while she was working on her thesis while raising her small child in the 1960's. During the 1970's, Smeal joined NOW and moved up in the organization. In between her terms serving as president of NOW, Smeal wrote a book called "Why and How Women Will Elect the Next President." The book focuses on the gender gap in female and male voting patterns. Eleanor Smeal is such an inspiration, and I am so looking forward to seeing her in person tomorrow!!