By Martha H. Swain
Ellen S. Woodward (1887-1971) used to be touted as Roosevelt's moment strongest girl appointee. between American girls in basic terms Eleanor Roosevelt and hard work division Secretary Frances Perkins may declare extra increased roles within the circle of FDR's administration.This lengthy late biography of this sort of extraordinary chief strains Woodward's odyssey from the parlors of her Mississippi clubwomen affiliates to a place as director of women's paintings reduction lower than 3 successive New Deal firms from 1933 to 1938.Swain depicts Woodward within the very important roles she took in assuaging the operating woman's plight. rather wealthy is Swain's account of Woodward's makes an attempt to stay important in policymaking throughout the Truman period, whilst Eleanor Roosevelt used to be not the vital determine of the women's coterie.Without minimizing the restrictions of the courses less than Woodward's aegis, Swain provides considerable consciousness to the operation and inner dynamics of her bold tasks. notwithstanding a few of Woodward's venture proved to be disappointing, others turned wealthy legacies for courses in later administrations.
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11 Grounds landscaped with trailing vines, arbor vitae, magnolias, and oaks made a handsome setting for a fashionable school, but there are no records of Ellie's studies there. She made no public comment on her year at Sans Souci, nor, apparently, did she maintain contact with any of her classmates. She did not return in the fall of 1902, perhaps because of Congressman Perry's death that summer; thus her formal education was over when she was only fifteen. "12 Senator Sullivan did not, however, banish his daughter from the political deliberations conducted in the Sullivan home.
Blanche D. Coll welcomed me in Washington and told me a great deal about the early history of public welfare; she also made available a typescript of her forthcoming study on public assistance. Blanche is exemplary in her willingness to share her knowledge and research. I first met Elsie L. George in 1978, and have benefited both from conversations with her and her dissertation on the women appointees of the Roosevelt and Truman administra- Page xv tions. Elizabeth Snapp, director of the Texas Woman's University Library, encouraged her staff to buy for me numerous books and dissertations that I needed.
During all the spring and summer breaks I spent over a period of ten years delving into RG 69, I barely touched the surface. Under the direction of Richard Crawford and Aloha South, however, I have obtained maximum results for my time and am grateful to them for their patience and expert's knowledge of the holdings. The day-by-day records are a maze of details and administrivia that is exasperating for a researcher. How much more frustrating must they have been to relief officials? Those readers who believe this study is needlessly cluttered with too many routine matters must take it on faith that I have omitted much more than I have included.
Ellen S. Woodward: New Deal advocate for women by Martha H. Swain