Ellie Newman is celebrating her 90th birthday and you’re invited. Newman has been active in the labor, civil rights and women's movements for over 70 years (click below for more on her career). The birthday luncheon will be held on Friday, November 7; Tickets are $20 ($15 for WNDC members); reserve online or telephone 202-232-7363 ext. 3003.
Newman has held many different positions starting with bringing displaced persons to this country after World War II. In the 1970s, she became the first Executive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women and worked on many issues, such as women getting financial credit in their own name and having volunteer work count as work experience. She also worked at the GSA, EPA and NLRB on equal employment issues. Newman has received many awards, including the first Foremothers Award from the National Center for Women and Families. She is the First Vice President of the National Capital Area Union Retirees, a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for Democratic Action, and the board of the National Committee on Pay Equity. She has for many years played a key role in arranging programs for the Woman's National Democratic Club (WNDC) and serves on its Board of Governors. Her husband, Winn, was the first man to sit on WNDC’s board.