Today in Feminist History: Eleanor Roosevelt Says a Woman Will Be President (June 16, 1937)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


June 16, 1937: One day a woman will be elected President!

PHOTO: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

That’s the assurance of the woman who currently lives in the White House, Eleanor Roosevelt. She expressed that view earlier this evening in answer to a question from Constance Eberhardt, selected as a representative of recent high school graduates, and given the chance to talk to the First Lady on an NBC radio program.

But while Roosevelt thinks that a woman will win the Presidency, it won’t be any time soon. She said she is sure that:

” … there will be a woman President…

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