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Isabel Benham: Wall Street Pioneer

Posted on 06/18/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIsabel Benham was the first woman to become a partner at a Wall Street bond firm, but it wasn’t easy. When she graduated from Bryn Mawr with a degree in economics in 1931, a dean at the school gave her some advice on how to get a job in the financial industry: Learn to type. Others were more dismissive. “Go home to mother, join the Junior League, get married and live happily ever after,” she recalled them saying. Fortunately, Benham, …

Betty Friedan: A Pioneer of Modern Feminism

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyFifty years ago this month, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was published. Even the husband she divorced conceded that Betty “almost single-handedly changed the course of human history. It took a driven, super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the way she did.” Yes, that was Betty.  And that was The Book that launched the modern women’s movement. In her treatise, Betty described what she called “the problem that has no name”:  the feelings of isolation, boredom …

Bettye Lane: A Feminist Photojournalist’s Arresting Images

Posted on 09/24/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWords may strive to appeal to the logical portion of our minds. But the images captured by photojournalists — from Robert Capa‘s photos of heroic GIs struggling to reach shore on D-Day to UPI photographer Johnny Jenkins‘s outrage-provoking photo of African American high school student Elizabeth Eckford being harassed by a mob in Little Rock in 1957 — often take hold of our hearts and reach us on a more primal emotional level. Bettye Lane, who died on Sept. 19 …