Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee

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The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee (Eleanor's Legacy) inspires and supports pro-choice Democratic women to run for local and state offices in New York. The Legacy sponsors campaign training schools, links candidates with volunteers and experts, collaborates with like-minded organizations and provides campaign grants to endorsed candidates.[1]


Judith Richards Hope founded Eleanor's Legacy in 2001 and was president until April 2008. The mission of Eleanor's Legacy was inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century. On a state, national and international level, Roosevelt helped create new roles for women in public life.

Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living (1960):

Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, 'It can't be done.'[2]

Eleanor's Legacy has elected more than 285 women to state and local office and equipped over 900 women with the skills necessary to run for office and manage campaigns. In 2007, the Legacy Committee Awarded approximately $110,000 in campaign grants to 174 pro-choice women candidates, which resulted in 86 women getting elected to office.[2] Also in 2007, in her 2008 campaign for president, Hillary Clinton gave a speech to the organization in an effort to garner support for the female vote.[3] Cathy Lasry served as Eleanor's Legacy second president, from April 2008 until March 2010. Nora Bredes, of Rochester, New York, was elected president April 8, 2010. Following the death of Nora Bredes in 2011, Judith Hope was again elected president of the organization.[4]

2013 Board of Directors[edit]


  • Hon. Judith Hope, Founder
  • Hon. Harriet Cornell, Chair
  • Suzy Ballantyne, Vice President
  • Hon. Crystal Peoples, Vice President
  • Jenny Lam Low, Vice President
  • Deborah Sale, Vice President
  • Jill Olonoff, Treasurer
  • Martha Baker, Secretary
  • Amy Solomon, Assistant Secretary[4]


  • Margo Alexander
  • Martha Baker
  • Suzy Ballantyne
  • Hon. Judi Bosworth
  • Lorna Brett Howard
  • Hon. Gale Brewer
  • Betsy Cohn
  • Hon. Harriet Cornell
  • Jamir Couch
  • Rob Dyson
  • Dr. Gail Furman
  • Hon. Bethaida Gonzalez
  • Kara Hahn
  • Gerry Harper
  • Hon. Ruth Hassell-Thompson
  • Hon. Judith Hope
  • Patti Kenner
  • Karen Persichilli Keogh
  • Jessica Loeser
  • Jenny Lam Low
  • Hon. M. Lynne Mahoney
  • Karen Mehiel
  • Jill Olonoff
  • Hon. Crystal Peoples
  • Judy Rapfogel
  • Christine Robbins
  • Hon. Annette Robinson
  • Stacey Rowland
  • Deborah Sale
  • Hon. Lee Seeman
  • Chung Seto
  • Cynthia Shenker
  • Amy Solomon
  • Randi Weingarten
  • Donna Zaccaro Ullman[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Campaign Trainings for Women". Center for American Women and Politics. 
  2. ^ a b "Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee". Somers Democrats. 
  3. ^ NY1 (October 15, 2007). "Hillary Clinton Makes Push For Women's Vote, Appears On The View". NY1 News. 
  4. ^ a b c "Board of Directors". Eleanors Legacy. Retrieved October 2014. 

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