Brigid O'Farrell, author of She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker, will discuss the legendary First Lady, particularly her contributions to society after the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on Tuesday, October 11, at 6 p.m. at Sarah Lawrence College in the Donnelley Lecture Hall, Heimbold Visual Arts Center. The talk is free and open to the public.
"Clearly there was something special about Eleanor Roosevelt," wrote Priscilla Murolo, co-director of Sarah Lawrence College's Women's History graduate program, in a recent review in the Women's Review of Books of three books about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was born October 11, 1884. "With regard to originality…Brigid O'Farrell's [book]… stands head and shoulders above the others," wrote Murolo.
She Was One of Us (ILR Press of Cornell University Press, 2010) expands on Eleanor Roosevelt's activities and connections to numerous organizations and as an advocate for many groups and issues. In her review, Murolo also points out that the author focuses on Roosevelt's political agenda, in line with the progressive sectors of the American labor movement, suggesting that her political significance had to do with her exceptional empathy for working people.
"It's the only book I know of that offers a detailed look at ER's work as a U.S. delegate to the founding meetings of the United Nations, as head of the committee that wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as a continuing member of the League of Women Voters and the Women's Trade Union League (both of which she had joined the 1920s), as an advocate of organized labor and member of the American Newspaper Guild, and as chair of the Kennedy administration's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women," wrote Murolo about O'Farrell's book.
The program at Sarah Lawrence is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Women's History and co-sponsored by the Southern NY State Division of UNA-USA, the B.E.T League of Women Voters, which serves Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Mt. Vernon and Yonkers, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Eta Chapter Westchester County.
Founded in 1972, the Master of Arts Program in Women's History at Sarah Lawrence was the first to offer a graduate degree in the field.