Dwyer Telegram, 1970
Courtesy, Private Archives, Frank Keenan, Washington, D.C.
This telegram from Florence Dwyer (1902
- 1976) and other women in congress, was a gentle "push" to urge the
Nixon administration to release the final report of the 1969 Task Force on Women's Rights
and Responsibilities. The telegram had no impact and the report was finally
"leaked" to the press by Vera Glasser, a female reporter, sympathetic to the
Congresswomen and their efforts. The report recommended a "national commitment to
basic changes that will bring women into the main stream of American life."