Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.

In honor of Veterans Day, we present a highlight from our collection, the Edith Nourse Rogers Papers. 

The first woman elected to the US Congress from Massachusetts, Edith Nourse Rogers served for 35 years and chaired the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. A Republican, Rogers was an advocate for disabled veterans and was particularly valuable in assessing overseas medical care for veterans during both world wars. She is widely known and admired for having had a major role in writing and enacting the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, popularly known as the G.I. Bill. Many people believe this act was among the most transformative pieces of legislation of the 20th century. Rogers was the first proponent of the Women’s Army Corps and enjoyed the longest congressional career of any woman, until she was surpassed by Maryland Senator Barbara A. Mikulski on March 17, 2012. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared June 30, 2012, Edith Nourse Rogers Day in the Commonwealth.

We invite you to learn more from the Edith Nourse Rogers Papers.