Women's History Month: Eleanor Roosevelt

March 12, 2016

eleanor rooseveltOur Women’s History Month celebration rages on as we continue highlighting the most influential women in history as chosen by you.  Next up is Eleanor Roosevelt who was selected by Patricia Frank – a 41-year Evanston resident, community gardener, and birder who earned a Ph.D. from NU’s Feinberg School of Medicine and founded a local consulting company.  Writes Ms. Frank:

“Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of women in American politics even though she was never elected.  She showed how a woman can be strong on her own without the support – or necessarily the approval – of her husband.  And her influence had nothing to do with personal beauty, just force of personality.”

You can learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt below, and make sure to share your pick for one of the most influential women in history.  Tell us today by visiting EPL Celebrates Women’s History Month.

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A Mighty Wind

May 3, 2010

One of the more interesting (and important) stories to come out of the news in the past week was the federal government’s approval of the nation’s first offshore wind farm to be built off the coast of Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound. The wind farm has been a source of bitter conflict and heated debate for the last 9 years, as clean energy advocates did battle with the rich and powerful, animal welfare groups, and Native Americans. The announcement was made Wednesday to allow the plans for the 130 turbine wind farm to proceed. But anyone who knows anything about Massachusetts politics knows that this is far from the end of the debate. Immediately following the announcement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a coalition of groups opposing the wind farm said that they will sue in order to stop the project.

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How is Mayor Daley’s Chicago like China? Let us count the ways . . .

March 7, 2010

Former Tribune writer Evan Osnos profiles Mayor Daley in the March 8, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. “I’d been interested in Daley since I lived in Chicago a decade ago . . . and, after moving to China, I started encountering him in Beijing more often than I saw most American pols. . . . It was only after I began reporting the story in earnest that I came to appreciate some of the reasons why he might feel so at home here.”

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