If Only Eleanor Were HereFebruary 06, 2008
As I was waiting in the bookstore checkout line last night, casually eavesdropping on a Clinton vs. Obama debate the folks behind me were having, I spotted the book Eleanor vs. Ike, by known beltway insider Robin Gerber (of Katherine Graham’s biography fame).
The book is a novel, albeit based on historical fact, with the premise, what if Eleanor Roosevelt had run for president in 1952 against Eisenhower? I remember reading a book of Mrs. R’s column, “My Day,” for a university class and thinking at the time that since so many years had passed since World War II, why wasn’t a woman in the White House? And now, here it is 2008, and the pundits are still asking, Are we ready for a woman?
The fact that Eleanor (I feel she would have let us call her that nowadays) was such a strong advocate for women’s equity issues, that research by AAUW’s own Eleanor Roosevelt Fund has more than once has triggered a national debate on girls and education, makes me wonder what she would think of women’s role in politics today. What do you think?
Now on to chapter 1, page 1, of Eleanor vs. Ike …