It is sweet and fitting for Women’s Voices to pay tribute to Karen DeCrow, a leader of the Second Feminist Revolution who died on June 6. DeCrow was president of NOW in the early days, from 1974 to 1977. She was, her friend Rowena Malamud told the AP, “the perfect model” for the women’s rights movement.

As president of NOW from 1974 to 1977, DeCrow pressured government agencies and big corporations to hire more women and called on the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate gender discrimination.

She targeted Ivy League schools to bring in more female students, social groups to open up their male-dominated membership rolls and asked NASA to include more women in the space program . . . .

“She was a hero and a guide. . . . Together, with a lot of other people, we helped to change history,” Malamud has said.

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