Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gerda Lerner's Legacy Will Live On

Gerda Lerner in her office in Madison, WI, in 2002.

Gerda Lerner, a longtime friend and colleague of Martha Taylor's, was a strong supporter of women and philanthropy from the time Martha first talked with her about the subject.  As the women's movement moved forward over the last thirty years, women from all walks of life have made it's progress possible and Gerda was the scholar who, as the New York Times said in her obituary published January 3, 2013, "...helped make the study of women and their lives a legitimate subject for historians and spearheaded the creation of the first graduate program in women's history in the United States," at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  She will be sadly missed but her legacy will live on as she has helped empower millions of women through her actions, her research, and her works.

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