Eleanor Roosevelt with female reporters at her first White House press conference on March 6, 1933.
Open only to women, the weekly press conference—an idea suggested by Hickok—saved the jobs of women journalists and insured their access to news.
Over the next twelve years, the press conferences—348 of them—provided the First Lady with a national audience and invaluable publicity.
Eleanor Roosevelt with reporters Emma Bugbee, Dorothy Ducas, Ruby Black, and Bess Furman in Puerto Rico in March 1934.
Eleanor Roosevelt often brought guests to the press conferences, including foreign dignitaries who visited the White House.
Eleanor Roosevelt and Soong Mei-ling, wife of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek on the White House lawn on February 24, 1943.
Eleanor Roosevelt held her last White House press conference on April 12, 1945, a few hours before FDR died in Warm Springs, Georgia. »