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Hyde Park, NY - April 11, 2014

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First Ladies

FD Roosevelt High School hosts Women’s History Event

Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr joined Optimum and Kathleen Durham from the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill at F.D. Roosevelt High School to honor women's history and the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt through an interactive program offered by Power to Learn and C-SPAN. Over 300 students attended the interactive discussion with Supervisor Rohr and Ms. Durham. Supervisor Rohr spoke to students about her role as Town Supervisor and the importance of Women's History Month, and Executive Director Durham discussed the many achievements of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her role in U.S. history. Students then had the opportunity to ask the women questions.

"First, I'd like to thank the students for their insightful questions today. Eleanor Roosevelt was indeed one of the most active and well-liked First Ladies who advocated for women's rights before the modern-day women's rights movement began," said Supervisor Rohr. "She symbolized the independent and politically active woman and continues to be an inspiration to many. I commend Cablevision and C-SPAN for making this program available to the students in our area."

Executive Director Durham noted, "Today's program from Cablevision and C-SPAN was both engaging and educational. It is difficult to overstate the importance of Eleanor Roosevelt to the history of twentieth-century women, as she played such a key role in several of the most important social reform movements of our nation. The students today did a terrific job, posing questions that were perceptive and interesting."