Women's history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92
APMILWAUKEE -- Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the field of women's history and a founding member of the National Organization for Women, has died in Wisconsin, her son said. She was 92.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Lerner, who founded the nation's first graduate program in women's history, died peacefully Wednesday evening of apparent old age at an assisted-living facility in Madison, Dan Lerner told The Associated Press.
“She was always a very strong-willed and opinionated woman,” he recalled. “I think those are the hallmarks of great people, people that have strong points of view and firmly held convictions.”
Gerda Lerner was born in Vienna, Austria, into a privileged Jewish family in 1920. When the Nazis rose to power, she was imprisoned and spent her 18th birthday behind bars, in a cell with two other young women who had been arrested for political work. Jailers restricted rations for Jews, but the gentile women shared their food with her.