Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in and was successfully treated. When she was diagnosed, she spoke about her longtime work urging women to get regular mammograms. I lost my father at age 58 in a terrible accident and I lost my sister at age The ability to develop expertise and then be able to use that knowledge in broadcasting is gratifying.
And I find writing books particularly satisfying," she wrote in her response to the Facebook question. Roberts came from a political family : she was the daughter of Thomas Hale Boggs, the former Democratic House majority leader and representative from New Orleans. Her father was also a member of the Warren commission that investigated the assassination of President John F.
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Her younger brother, William, died as an infant, and her other two siblings have died as well. Roberts married journalist Steve Roberts in , after meeting at a political event in Ohio four years earlier when they were both in college. Steven Roberts worked as a reporter at The New York Times for many years, and in a interview, Cokie Roberts credited her husband as being "my mentor when I started off as a journalist.
He was a big help to me, and we did a lot together," she said for an oral history project developed by the House of Representatives. Everything else is secondary. From the very beginning, I knew what an extraordinary person Cokie was," Steve Roberts said in the Times article , which was published to celebrate their then year union in Johnson and first lady Lady Bird were among the 1, guests in attendance. Her loving family announces the passing of journalist and author Cokie Roberts, due to complications from breast cancer, on September Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, , Cokie was — first and foremost — a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend.
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She had been engaged to a Dutch high-school teacher since , but the two had so far been unable to get married, as Dutch social norms of the time required the husband to be capable of earning a living for the upcoming new family. The issue was eventually one of the reasons why the engagement came to an end after 10 years. But Pos repeated the question during an exclusivesession following the press conference, to which a Finnish correspondent and Pos were invited.
She concludes her discussion of the issue by stating that personally Roosevelt felt delighted with the possibilities to lecture and publish, and financially assisted others with the money earned. In one of her many lectures for the Dutch in the late s, she introduced American women as embodiments of modernity. Pos depicted them as admirable and vital: they were very active and industrious, informed and intelligent, they knew how to tackle problems and how to adapt, and were broad-minded and very interested in life in general and in the lives of others.
Many women in these clubs, Pos explicated, were politically active, and in unity they were strong. In addition, they also have to pray for each other and for peace. Noteworthy here is that it is impossible to ascertain whether this recommendation comes from Pos or the First Lady. No quotation marks are used. Emil Ludwig had done exactly that! Both Pos and Roosevelt appeared to teach their audience while communicating with their audiences. Every woman should have a knowledge of what is going on in economic conferences. It does affect the future amicable relations between the nations of the world.
Women should train themselves to see both sides, then decide what they really think. But the latter is cut short when Pos paraphrases Roosevelt as saying that she does not believe.
It is true that in some continents women are making immense progress; but the strengthening of one gender does not necessarily mean the weakening of the other. Both will have to work together in harmony and the understanding between the two must grow stronger. Women were still making progress, albeit slowly, and were growing stronger, but that one sex became stronger did not necessitate the other to diminish in power. Both needed to become ever stronger.
Something like this. She does not mention any language barriers, but we know from personal sources that Pos felt insecure about her fluency in English. In conclusion, although we have no verbatim account of what Roosevelt communicated to Pos in December , the Dutch journalist certainly drew on that meeting to convey to her Dutch postwar audience a strong message regarding the need for national cohesion and a strong position for women. Roosevelt could impossibly answer. From the remainder of the diary entry we may infer at least that feelings of depression, and the way she is dealt with by her colleagues following the press conference, effected this labelling of the former First Lady.
She had also built a rather large network of friends and acquaintances in Indonesia. None of her published or non-published work, however, clarifies her stand on the Moluccan issue, nor her insistence in posing the question.
Roosevelt, and the succeeding press conference. Roosevelt had not personally taken action in the case of Ambon. Then she states,. This offered the others present the opportunity to admire the power and the tact with which this disgraceful attack was refuted. The newspaper does not only praise Roosevelt for being very tactful, for weighing each question scrupulously, and repeating it in the correct context, but also for being knowledgeable about the existence of the island and its current situation.
Noteworthy, however, is that on the very same page, in a next column, Mary Pos is explicitly pointed out as having created another, but very different, scene. As a journalist she repeatedly visited, toured, and reported of Indonesia. When the judge resolved the case by offering either a small fine or two days in prison, Pos stated that for her it was easy to decide: being in jail would provide her with a splendid opportunity to write an account of incarcerated life.
In the midst of great merriment she left the courtroom. Many gatekeepers played a role in this process, for instance by offering to be interviewed, acting as intermediators, writing positive reviews of their work, and functioning as role models and sources of inspiration. Both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt had such an impact on Mary Pos. They allowed her to attend their press conferences and had personal sessions with her. That is no wonder, of course.
Pos and Roosevelt came from very different national and cultural contexts, and their professions, status, and personalities were poles apart. In addition, she seems to have felt alienated and marginalized among the self-assured, ambitious and modern women she met during press conferences organized by or for the Roosevelts.
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Both women had to negotiate with various discourses of femininity available to them at the time, with biases and expectations. Both supported a resilient role for women in making connections with men, and between countries and cultures. Although Roosevelt operated on a much more global and political level, and with an entirely different set of tools and means, and although she had a far greater and much more civic and diplomatic reach than Pos, both women questioned and affected ideas of national and gender identity among those who made up their audience.
This newspaper was published in the Dutch East Indies. Connell, Masculinities 2 nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, , — Beasley, ed. Many photo portraits of Pos show her posing in front of airplanes, as is the case for Roosevelt. William T.