National Women’s History Museum
Mary E. Latela, M.Div., (copy) Joan Wages, WHM President
Dear Ms Wages:
I read with enthusiasm your latest NWHM newsletter on the place of women in the computer field. As a women’s issue specialist, I have been involved with issues as far-flung as domestic violence and whether women who are scientists ought to have children. I was acquainted with Elsa Wasserman, whose husband was a Chemistry Professor at Yale when my spouse was finishing his degrees. Her incredible set of interviews with some of the spotlighted women in science produced a variety of proofs that women can make everything work together.
This morning we awoke to news of the death of Janet Reno, who took her place in history through her work before, after, and during her tenure as the first female Attorney General in the United States. Despite the intrusion of Parkinson’s Disease, she worked with vigor, daring, and confidence.
Following is a brief of today’s announcement. Based on NPR Newshour::Janet Reno, first woman U.S. attorney general, dies at 78 BY Curt Anderson, Associated Press November 7, 2016 at 7:17 AM EST | Updated: Nov 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM] MIAMI —
Shy and admittedly awkward, Janet Reno became a blunt spoken prosecutor and the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and was also the epicenter of a relentless series of political storms, from the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, to the seizure of 5-year-old Cuban immigrant Elian Gonzalez.
“One of the administration’s most recognizable and polarizing figures, Reno faced criticism early in her tenure for the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, where sect leader David Koresh and some 80 followers perished.
“She was known for deliberating slowly, publicly and in a typically blunt manner. Reno frequently told the public “the buck stops with me,” borrowing the mantra from President Harry S. Truman. After Waco, Reno figured into some of the controversies and scandals that marked the Clinton administration.
“During her tenure, the Justice Department prosecuted the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing case, captured the “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski that same year and investigated the 1993 terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center. The department also filed a major antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. and Reno was a strong advocate for protecting abortion clinics from violence.
Dedicated to the principle that education empowers women to do what they can to better the world, she graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemistry, Reno became one of 16 women in Harvard Law School’s Class of 1963.
“In 1993, Clinton tapped her to become the first woman to lead the Justice Department. Reno was 54. “It’s an extraordinary experience, and I hope I do the women of America proud,” Reno said after she won confirmation.
Asked to describe her legacy after ending her gubernatorial campaign, Reno quoted George Washington: “If I were to write all that down I might be reduced to tears. I would prefer to drift on down the stream of life and let history make the judgment.” (Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Jessica Gresko contributed to this report.)
Dear Twitter Friends:
I was not aware that the NWHM campaign was still in its early stages. The widely spread centers for celebration and fund-raising may be premature. Get-togethers are rare. In other words, here is a project with plenty of interest, a serious topic, in which we can feature women who are examples to others, dedicated to progress, and mentally sound.
HEADLINES like the above spot will keep us up-to-date on who is doing what. Human interest includes describing the struggles of those who are driven to achievement, while conflicted about caring for the children. Best wishes to all who support this worthwhile project. Sincerely, Mary E. Latela
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