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Pat Schroeder Death: Former Colorado Rep. Dies At The Age Of 82



Former Rep. Pat Schroeder Women Rights Pioneer Passed Away At 82

Patricia Nell Scott Schroeder, former U.S. Representative, and women’s and family rights pioneer died at the age of 82. Schroeder served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Colorado’s 1st district from 1973 to 1997.  

The American politician’s former press secretary, Andrea Camp, announced Schroeder’s demise on Monday night after she suffered a stroke recently. As per the announcement, she died at the hospital in Celebration, Florida, where the family has been receding for the past couple of years. 

Former Rep. Pat Schroeder: An Icon Of The Feminist Movement.

The 82-year-old Pat Schroeder was born in Portland, Oregon, United States, on July 30, 1940, to parents Bernice, a first-grade teacher, and Lee Combs Scott, a pilot with an aviation insurance company.

Former Rep. Pat Schroeder-Women Rights Pioneer

The family shifted to Des Moines, Iowa, and she graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. Later, Pat Schroeder attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in history. And in 1964, she gained a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

As a young politician, Pat Schroeder continued in the post for about 24 years and voiced for the vulnerable community, including women and children. Throughout her career, she stood against the government institutions that never gave any power to women.

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With her efforts, she made it clear to them that women could also take over particular roles in the government, just the same as men. Pat Schroeder was an icon of feminist government during her days and had numerous unorthodox methods which distinguished her. 

Unlike any other politicians of the time, Pat Schroeder was not ready to join the committee, which she referred to as the ‘good old boys club’ just for her political benefits or growth. She was not afraid of what she had to face in the future and was ready to compete against anyone. Her brave decisions helped her become an icon of the feminist movement.

Although she has reached heights being a woman, she had to face many struggles throughout her path to success. Pat Schroeder was the first woman on the House Armed Services Committee, but she was forced to share her position or post with U.S. Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif., who was the first African American.

The committee panel was organized by chairman F. Edward Hebert, D-La. She believed that Hebert thought the committee was not a place for either women or African American. She added that according to him, both these vulnerable groups are only worth half the seat.

Pat Schroeder – Life

Pat Schroeder married Jim Schroeder, her sweetheart from Harvard Law School, on 18 August 1962, and the couple moved to Denver, Colorado. The couple had two children, Scott William and Jamie Christine.

Pat Schroeder - Life

Later, the couple shifted to Celebration, Florida, a master-planned community constructed by the Walt Disney Company. She spent her final days at a hospital in celebration after suffering from complications of a stroke. 

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Apart from politics, Pat Schroeder has also served as a professor at Princeton University after she left congress. But even though she was not much active in politics, she used to remark that politics was there in her blood and that she will continue working for the candidates whom she supports. 

Even after relocating to Florida, Pat Schroeder was active in politics. She mentored candidates and even spoke on the issues faced by the vulnerable at the time. She went on campaigns for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections. 

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