Elly Peterson

A Legacy of ‘Light’

by Shaun Manning July 18, 2013

The following is a guest blog by Sara Fitzgerald, author of Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates, a biography of the first woman to chair the Michigan Republican Party and who later became an independent as she fought for the Equal Rights Amendment. President Obama took time July 15 to recognize former President George H.W. Bush for his commitment to promoting voluntarism. At a White House ceremony, an Iowa couple, Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, was recognized with the 5,000th Points of Light award, a recognition that Bush established in 1989 to help publicize the work taken on by individuals […]

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Remembering Haynes Johnson

by Phillip Witteveen May 29, 2013

This tribute to Haynes Johnson was written by Sara Fitzgerald, the author of Elly Peterson: “Mother of the Moderates” and a former editor and new media developer for the Washington Post.  Like so many other journalists, former journalists and Washington policy wonks, I was shocked and saddened by the sudden death on May 24 of my friend and former Washington Post colleague Haynes Johnson. Haynes had played a special role in my life because he had generously agreed to write the forward to my 2011 biography Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates. I was thrilled that he was willing to do this because I knew he […]

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‘Elly Peterson’ Awarded 2012 State History Award

by Brianne Johnson October 3, 2012

The Press congratulates Sara Fitzgerald, whose Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates just received a 2012 State History Award in the category of Publications: University and Commercial Press. The award was presented at the Historical Society of Michigan’s 138th Annual Meeting and State History Conference, which was held Sept. 28-30 in Monroe, Michigan. As described by the Historical Society of Michigan, “Fitzgerald drew upon several sources to tell the story of the first woman in Michigan’s history to chair a major political party. Fitzgerald provides a missing chapter in the political history of Michigan and the United States….and also sheds light on […]

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Guest blog: Sara Fitzgerald on Elly Peterson becoming the first woman to address a Republican National Convention on prime-time TV in 1964

by Emily August 29, 2012

Sara Fitzgerald is the author of Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates, an award-winning biography of a woman who broke gender barriers in the Republican party—and later threw her support to a Democrat. Forty-eight years ago this summer, Elly Peterson became the first woman to address a Republican National Convention on prime-time television. It was a far different political climate for women back then. While a record number of women—230 of the 1,300 delegates—were seated and women achieved parity on convention committees for the first time since the party set that goal in 1940, women still were rarely called on to […]

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Press author Sara Fitzgerald wins 2012 IPPY Award for “Elly Peterson”

by Emily May 15, 2012

Congratulations to Sara Fitzgerald on winning an Independent Publisher Book Award for Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates. The biography of Peterson, who was one of the highest-ranking women in the Republican Party, was awarded the Bronze Medallion in the category of Best Great Lakes Regional Non-Fiction. Independent Publisher Book Awards are bestowed with the intention of increasing awareness of university, independent, and self-published titles. You can find more information about the IPPY Awards here, and see the full list of 2012 IPPY Award winners here.

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