Green, Edith, 1910-1987

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Edith Green served ten consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives, from 1955 to 1974, as the Representative for the 3rd District of the State of Oregon. Mrs. Green was born Edith Louise Starrett, January 17, 1910; her family moved to Oregon from South Dakota in 1916. She received her education in Salem schools, including two years at Willamette University. Financial hardship delayed completion of her degree, which she finally earned from the University of Oregon in 1939. A schoolteacher turned politician, Mrs. Green actively participated in Democratic Party politics. As chair of the Oregon delegation in 1960 and 1968, she fostered close ties to presidential candidates John and Robert Kennedy. Nevertheless, a strident independence and pragmatism characterized her political career, especially in her later years, and she did not hesitate to vote against her party or president. A strong advocate of education, civil rights, fair labor practices, and gender equity, Rep. Green served on the Committee on Education and Labor and other House committees and was appointed by Pres. Kennedy to the President's Commission on the Status of Women. She championed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and was instrumental in passing major education legislation, including the National Defense Education Act (1958), the Higher Education Facilities Act (1963), as well as the Higher Education Acts of 1965 and 1972 that included legislation enforcing gender equality in public education (Title IX). Upon her retirement from Congress, Mrs. Green resided in Portland where she taught government at Warner Pacific College. She also served on the Oregon Board of Higher Education. Edith Green died April 21, 1987.

From the guide to the Edith Green papers, 1955-1975, (Oregon Historical Society)

Edith Green served ten consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives, from 1955 to 1974, as the Representative for the 3rd District of the State of Oregon.

Mrs. Green was born Edith Louise Starrett, January 17, 1910; her family moved to Oregon from South Dakota in 1916. She received her education in Salem schools, including two years at Willamette University. Financial hardship delayed completion of her degree, which she finally earned from the University of Oregon in 1939. A schoolteacher turned politician, Mrs. Green actively participated in Democratic Party politics. As chair of the Oregon delegation in 1960 and 1968, she fostered close ties to presidential candidates John and Robert Kennedy. Nevertheless, a strident independence and pragmatism characterized her political career, especially in her later years, and she did not hesitate to vote against her party or president. A strong advocate of education, civil rights, fair labor practices, and gender equity, Rep. Green served on the Committee on Education and Labor and other House committees and was appointed by Pres. Kennedy to the President's Commission on the Status of Women. She championed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and was instrumental in passing major education legislation, including the National Defense Education Act (1958), the Higher Education Facilities Act (1963), as well as the Higher Education Acts of 1965 and 1972 that included legislation enforcing gender equality in public education (Title IX). Upon her retirement from Congress, Mrs. Green resided in Portland where she taught government at Warner Pacific College. She also served on the Oregon Board of Higher Education. Edith Green died April 21, 1987.

From the description of Edith Green papers [manuscript] 1955-1975. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 670001905

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referencedIn McCall, Tom, 1913-1983. Tom McCall papers, 1944-1982. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Davidson, C. Girard (Crowe Girard), 1910-. C. Girard Davidson papers, 1934-1980. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
referencedIn Papers of NOW officers, 1960-1973 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn O'Donnell, John J., (Jack). Jack O'Donnell papers [manuscript], 1950-1972. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Tom McCall photographs collection, 1905-1984, 1966-1975 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn C. Girard Davidson papers, 1934-1980 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries
creatorOf Edith Green papers, 1955-1975 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Alexander, Dolores. Papers, 1960-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Women's Equity Action League. Records, 1966-1979 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Naylor, Ellamae Woodworth,. Photographs of Edith Green [graphic], undated. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Washburn, William W. William W. Washburn letters [manuscript], 1971-1973. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Clark, Donald Edward, 1933- . Donald E. Clark papers [manuscript], 1963-1982. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn McCullough, George. George McCullough letters [manuscript], 1952-1955. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Vatter, Barbara Amy Breitmayer, 1929-. Barbara Vatter letter to Edith Green [manuscript], 1968 April 25. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Edith Green letters to Barbara Vatter, 1968-1969 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn McCall, Tom, 1913-1983,. Tom Lawson McCall Photographs Collection [graphic] 1905-1984, 1966-1975. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Onthank, Karl William, 1890-1968. Karl Onthank conservation papers, 1950-1967. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
referencedIn Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997. Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1998 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960,. Neuberger Family Photographs Collection [graphic], 1893-ca. 1997, (bulk 1950-1966). Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1988 (bulk) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Louchheim, Katie, 1903-. Oral histories, 1974-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Ellickson, Katherine Pollak, 1905-1996. Papers, 1976-1989 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Green, Edith, 1910-1987. Edith Green papers [manuscript] 1955-1975. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Karl Onthank conservation papers, 1950-1967 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Southern Oregon State College. Presidential Search Committee. Southern Oregon State College Presidential Search Committee records [manuscript], 1968. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Records, 1966-1979 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Portland District,. Christmas Day Flood aerial photographic collection [graphic], 1964-1965. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Edith Green letters to Barbara Vatter, 1968-1969 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Green, Edith, 1910-1987. Edith Green letters to Barbara Vatter [manuscript], 1968-1969. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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Sex discrimination against women--Law and legislation--United States
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Educational change--United States
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Women legislators--United States
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Birth 1910-01-17

Death 1987-04-21

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