VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: MARY EASTWOODveteranfeminists2022-11-10T14:23:06-05:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Mary Otelia Eastwood
June 1, 1930 – Oct. 10, 2015
“I don’t think I would be comfortable with a lot of notoriety – that isn’t where I get my self-satisfaction. It is important that some women be in the limelight, as role models, but for myself, I like it just the way it is.”– Mary Otelia Eastwood
Attorney, author, activist. Executive secretary for the civil and political rights committee, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1962 – 1963. Mary Eastwood and Catherine East were largely responsible for persuading Betty Friedan to start NOW, 1966. Worked on recommendations submitted to the EEOC on interpretation of the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII and served as staff for special task forces of the Citizens Advisory Council on the Status of Women on family law and reproductive control, and the ERA. A founding member of the board of Human Rights for Women. President Carter named Eastwood acting special counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board, 1980.
Photo. Muriel Fox, co-founder of the National Organization for Women, chair of Veteran Feminists of America, ambassador for the women’s movement and author, with Mary Eastwood, 1998.