In 1974, therenowned writer, civic leader and philanthropist, Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, founded the Women’s Forum of New York. The stated goal: “Bring together women of diverse accomplishments and provide them with a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. By thus becoming aware of their counterparts in all fields, and of mutual interests and attitudes, they can, when desired, speak in concert on issues confronting the total community.”
In February 1988, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter convened a symposium in Atlanta, Georgia to focus on women and the constitution. Co-conveners were former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, and Pat Nixon. The symposium drew over 1,500 women from every state in the nation and ten countries. “Women and the Constitution: A Bicentennial Perspective” was a huge success with such notables as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and Coretta Scott King addressing participants. Dayle E. (Powell) Spencer (The Carter Center) was organizer and director of the symposium. Sponsors were The Carter Center of Emory University, The Carter Presidential Library, and Georgia State University.
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