In this letter from 1944 Mrs. Roosevelt responded to one of her critics, Addie Frizielle, who worried about the desegregation of restrooms and forced social interaction between the races in the government’s movement toward racial equality in some spheres.
A graduate of Syracuse Medical College, Mary Walker served as a doctor during the American Civil War. In April 1864, Walker was captured by the Confederates in Tennessee. Following her release, President Lincoln summoned Walker to Washington, DC, to discuss her imprisonment.
In the late nineteenth century, Anne Brown Adams, a daughter of the abolitionist John Brown, lamented that the “struggle for a married woman’s rights will be a longer and a harder fought battle than any other that the world has ever known.”