Eleanor Roosevelt at the Women's House of Detention

Sunday, March 17, 1957

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

March 17, 1957

Unidentified woman (a judge?) and male (Arnold Michaelis?) speakers introduces the topic of the broadcast: the work of the Department of Correction's Women's House of Detention and the work Mrs. Roosevelt has done to help these women.

Male speaker: "The girls are paying their debt to society for the period of time of their incarceration at the House of Detention. For a change, society is paying something of its debt to the delinquency, not of individuals as much as of circumstances, which you and I both believe society has helped to create."

Mrs. Roosevelt's speech is pre-recorded:

Update on the current status of the United Nations' policies on Israel, Egypt and the Suez Canal.

The addition of Ghana and future addition of Nigeria.

Discusses a trip to the Middle East, including her observations on the lives of women, the practice of marrying multiple women, and education.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 6006


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