Book Discussion on Millicent Fenwick: Her Way
Aug 19, 2009
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Ms. Schapiro talked about her first book Millicent Fenwick: Her Way
(Rutgers University Press; February 12, 2003). Ms. Fenwick began her career at Vogue
magazine where she worked for fourteen years before .. Read More
Ms. Schapiro talked about her first book Millicent Fenwick: Her Way (Rutgers University Press; February 12, 2003). Ms. Fenwick began her career at Vogue magazine where she worked for fourteen years before becoming involved in the civil rights movement in her native New Jersey. This involvement led her to local and state politics until being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 at the age of 64. Ms. Fenwick served as ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 1983 to 1987, and was the inspiration for a character in cartoonist Gary Trudeau’s comic strip, Doonesbury. The book talks about Ms. Fenwick’s life in politics as well as her beginnings as an affluent child who lost her mother in the sinking of the Lusitania. This was the first biography of Representative Fenwick and Ms. Schapiro was granted unprecedented access to the congresswoman’s personal papers by her son. Ms. Schapiro talked about the life and career of the woman whom Walter Cronkite dubbed “the conscience of Congress.” She responded to questions from members of the audience, some of whom knew Representative Fenwick.
This was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2009 Brown Bag Lecture Series “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.” It was held at noon on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in Ketchum Hall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building.