VFA mourns the passing of Mary Eastwood A founder of NOW and a member of VFA's board since DAY ONE. Mary died at her home in Madison, Wisconsin October 11, 2015 of congestive heart failure.
As technical secretary to the civil and political rights committee of President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), Mary researched decisions involving women and the Fourteenth Amendment. With *Pauli Murray she wrote the highly influential article "Jane Crow and the Law: Sex Discrimination and Title VII," which appeared in the Georgetown Law Review (34, December 1965).
She was also a board member of Human Rights for Women (HRW), an organization which helped finance sex discrimination litigation and research projects on women's issues; and a member of Federally Employed Women (FEW), a group that sought an end to sex discrimination in the federal government.
After Catherine 's death Mary continued helping VFA as a member of our regular and later, our Honorary Board.
Mary requested no funeral, so they are discussing having neighbors visit her home some time in the coming weeks, and then burying the remains as part of the family reunion next July.
Mary was much loved and will be missed.