VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: PATRICIA HILL BURNETTveteranfeminists2023-03-04T13:50:39-05:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Patricia Hill Burnett
September 5, 1920 – December 29, 2014
“Stay Mad as Hell ’til You Die, Because We’re Going to Have to Work that Long.”
Acclaimed portrait painter, sculptor, author, beauty pageant contestant, women’s rights activist. Miss Michigan, 1942. Co-founded Michigan’s first NOW chapter, 1969. Served as president until 1972. Head of international committee, 1970s. Organized NOW’s first International Feminist Conference, 1973. NOW Feminist of the Year, 1974. Inducted into Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, 1987. Commissioned to paint 35 portraits of feminists for the Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY. Michigan Woman of the Year, 1993. Fine Arts Degree, Goucher College Baltimore, Maryland, age 16. Graduate education Instituto Allende, Mexico and Wayne State University, Detroit.
Photo 1. Patricia speaking at the First International Feminist Conference in Mexico 1975, Photo 2. Patricia’s portrait of Betty Friedan.