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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WOOF: 50 Women Over 50: Marian Wright Edelman

The list is endless. Women Only Over Fifty (WOOFers) who lead vibrant, meaningful lives and just seem to get younger every day. WOOF has picked 50 and each Wednesday pay tribute to one of them. This week's woman over 50 & frisky:

Marian Wright Edelman, an American activist for the rights of children, is founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, now in its fourth decade.

Edelman’s amazing journey started in Bennettsville, SC, but was soon tested by her father’s death when she was just 14. His dying words, however, set the tone for her life: "Don't let anything get in the way of your education."

She attended Spelman College, traveled the world on a Merrill scholarship and studied in the Soviet Union as a Lisle fellow. After her arrest for activism during the Civil Rights Movement, Edelman entered Yale Law School in 1963. The first African American admitted to the Mississippi bar, she later moved to Washington, DC, where she founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm, and became involved with issues related to childhood development and poverty-stricken children.

In 1973, she founded the Children's Defense Fund, a voice for poor, minority and disabled children. The organization serves as an advocacy and research center for children's issues, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need.

WOOF salutes Edelman and her work. And gives two paws up to her notion: “If you don’t like the way the world is, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.”


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