Eleanor Roosevelt and General Dwight D. Eisenhower walking the grounds during his visit to FDR’s grave on July 10, 1945.
FDR Library Photo Collection, NPx 46-8:1(3)
Day 42: Eleanor in Pakistan
During her 1952 “Around the World” trip, Eleanor made a stop in Karachi, Pakistan, where she was to be the guest of the All Pakistan Women’s Association. She wrote about the trip in her autobiography saying:
We flew to Karachi, the capital of Pakistan, where I was to be the guest of the All Pakistan Women’s Association, at the invitation of Begum Liaquat Ali Khan…I had met the Begum Liaquat Ali Khan at a meeting of the General Assembly in Paris and had found her delightful. After the assassination of her husband, which shocked the world, the begum had devoted herself to trying to carry out his plans for his people. It is because of her leadership and the example of the Begum Husain Malik, that the women of Pakistan have begun to free themselves of the restrictions imposed by tradition. The principal instrument through which they are accomplishing their really magnificent work is the All Pakistan Women’s Association, which has set up medical clinics, established educational centers, diffused information about agricultural methods, developed skills and handicrafts.
The spirit of the people of Pakistan is something one does not soon forget. There is courage and great vitality. They are determined to make their government succeed, and their nation a cohesive force. In talking to the men at the head of this government, I was convinced that their devotion and intelligent approach, with the resolute support of the people, cannot fail to make Pakistan a great country.
Eleanor received the material used to make this dress while traveling through Pakistan. She had the dress made after she returned to the US and then wore the dress at her 70th birthday celebration on October 11, 1954.
Jan. 11, 1935: Amelia Earhart Becomes the First Person to Fly from Hawaii to U.S. Mainland
On this day in 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California.
Two years later, Earhart would begin her ill-fated around-the-world flight, disappearing over the Pacific after completing nearly 22, 000 miles of the voyage.
Dive deep into the world of female aviation pioneers, with American Experience’s “Women of Flight” photo gallery.
Photos: Amelia Earhart in Hawaii (Hawaii.gov)
History Meme | Women (1/6) - Amelia Earhart
Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. (x)
Before embarking on her final flight journey, Amelia Earhart wrote a note to her husband, George Palmer Putnam:
"Please know I am quite aware of the hazards of the trip. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others."
Away Days: America in Europe
Words and Photos by Nathen McVittie, from USA vs Czech Republic in Prague.
After the World Cup dust has settled, soccer continues.
International teams take to friendly matches to tune up ahead of competitive fixtures or to test the youth of tomorrow.
Their fans turn up, from near and far, to pay respect to old heroes or to catch a glimpse of heroes-to-be.
This past week, close to a thousand American fans took the plunge and traveled to Central Europe from all over the world in order to witness the continued evolution of an emerging power.