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Liz Carpenter

Liz Carpenter

(1920 – 2010)

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Liz Carpenter

Liz Carpenter
(1920 – 2010)

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Liz Carpenter

(1920 – 2010)
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This is an online memorial dedicated to Liz Carpenter. Elizabeth "Liz" Sutherland Carpenter was a writer, feminist, former reporter, media advisor, speechwriter, political humorist, and public relations expert. Born in Salado, Texas, Liz Carpenter stood at the forefront of the Women's Movement when it began and never wavered from her platform. Her projects and causes ranged from supporting high tech to fighting cancer. Often called the "funniest woman in politics", she was in demand as a public speaker until her death.
In 1942, Liz Carpenter began covering the White House and Congress for the Austin American-Statesman. For the next eighteen years, she reported on presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to John
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F. Kennedy as a Washington reporter.
Liz Carpenter joined the staff of Lyndon B. Johnson in his campaign for Vice President in 1960 and traveled on his foreign missions as a press spokeswoman. After Kennedy's election, she became the first woman executive assistant to the vice-president.
Liz Carpenter was in Dallas on November 22, 1963 at the time of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. She drafted the 58 words that Johnson used on his return to Washington:
This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep personal tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best. That is all I can
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do. I ask for your help and God's.
Following Johnson's succession to the presidency, Liz Carpenter became the first professional newswoman to be press secretary to a first lady for Lady Bird Johnson (1963-1969), for whom she also served as staff director. Liz Carpenter also contributed to the speeches of President Johnson, particularly in the field of humor by creating the White House Humor Group.
After the Johnson Administration ended in 1969, she wrote Ruffles and Flourishes, her account of her White House experiences.
She was a vice president of Hill and Knowlton in Washington after leaving the White House. In 1971, she was one of the founders of the National Women's Political Caucus and co-chair
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of ERAmerica, traveling the country to push for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
She was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the International Women's Year Commission, by President Jimmy Carter to serve as Assistant Secretary of Education for Public Affairs, and by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Conference on Aging.
She returned to Texas in 1976, where she has written several books: Unplanned Parenthood, Random House 1994; Getting Better All the Time, Simon and Schuster 1986, as well as countless articles and forays on the lecture circuit. Start With a Laugh, gives humorous advice on speech writing, was published by Eakin Press and launched at the opening of the National Women's
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Museum: An Institute for the Future in Dallas. Her most recent book, Presidential Humor, Bright Sky Press 2006, is a compilation of quips and quotes from "George the First to George the Worst."
Liz Carpenter was named a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Texas in 1975, and in 1990 was named distinguished alumnae of the Department of Communications. She was named by Governor Mark White to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. She was given the ProBene Award of the College of Liberal Arts.
The Liz Carpenter Lectureship was established in 1984 by a group of her friends, including Erma Bombeck and Mark Russell, who gave a performance at the Paramount Theater to raise funds for it. In the last several years,
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Mrs. Carpenter's lectureship in the College of Liberal Arts has brought President Bill Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jehan Sadat, Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers, Jane Goodall, and writers such as Betty Friedan, Nora Ephron, Shana Alexander, and Jean Auel and nationally known humorists such as Fannie Flagg and Carol Channing.
The Liz Carpenter Award is given annually for the best scholarly book on the history of women and Texas published during the calendar year. The Award was established in 1992 by an anonymous donor who is committed to the publication of scholarly research on the history of women and Texas. The award honors Liz Carpenter, a sixth-generation Texan, for her commitment to
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the pursuit of the history of women in Texas and for a lifetime of achievements that qualify her as a maker of that history.
She is the recipient of Alpha Phi's Frances E. Willard Award in 1980.
Liz Carpenter passed away on the 20th March 2010. This is an online tribute in memory of her life. May she rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 22nd Mar 2010
Collin Ice
wrote:
Your legacy will continue. You provided such peace & consistancy in such a volitale time. Thank you for everything you have done. We will remember...
Remembrance Messages
On 22nd Mar 2010
Ben Cass
wrote:
Another LBJ Diamond has left us. Liz Carpenter was always the most entertaining and brilliantly smart person that I think I have ever seen. She was like listening to my own Grandmother. That Texas warmth and concern and humor were Mrs. Carpenter hallmarks. She will be so greatly missed.
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This is an online memorial dedicated to Liz Carpenter. Elizabeth "Liz" Sutherland Carpenter was a writer, feminist, former reporter, media advisor, speechwriter, political humorist, and public relations expert. Born in Salado, Texas, Liz Carpenter stood at the forefront of the Women's Movement when it began and never wavered from her platform. Her projects and causes ranged from supporting high tech to fighting cancer. Often called the "funniest woman in politics", she was in demand as a public speaker until her death.
In 1942, Liz Carpenter began covering the White House and Congress for the Austin American-Statesman. For the next eighteen years, she reported on presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to John...

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