Congresswoman Cecil Murray Harden, Advocate of Women Post Office Workers

Title

Congresswoman Cecil Murray Harden, Advocate of Women Post Office Workers

Description

Cecil Harden had served as a congresswoman before Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield appointed her as Special Assistant for Women's Affairs. Even though some still didn’t like the idea of women mail carriers, Summerfield and Harden wanted to employ more women for the job. Harden went across the nation in a speaking tour to promote women in post offices, encouraging women to take on the jobs and offering her aide whenever she could. By January of 1961, reports showed that her help worked, as the number of women rural carries had been raised from 380 to 487. In addition, she was the only Republican woman to have represented the state of Indiana in the U.S. Congress.

Creator

Library of Congress

Date

1949-1959

Source

Wikimedia

Source: Cecil Murray Harden. (n.d.). Women in Congress. Retrieved Oct 26, 2012, from http://history.house.gov/People/Detail/14512?ret=True

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Postal

Coverage

Historic

Files

Cecil_Harden.jpg

Reference

Library of Congress, Congresswoman Cecil Murray Harden, Advocate of Women Post Office Workers, Library of Congress, 1949-1959

Cite As

Library of Congress, “Congresswoman Cecil Murray Harden, Advocate of Women Post Office Workers,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/76.