The “One-Woman Lobby on Anything and Everything": Discovering the Other Side of Dorothy Rodgers

Shira Koren


Dorothy Rodgers, wife of the famous playwright/composer Richard Rodgers, was well-known as an inventor, designer, author, businesswoman, fund raiser, philanthropist and art collector. But not many people know that she was also a social and political activist in her own way, who wrote thousands of letters to influential people such as presidents, governors, congressmen, mayors, journalists, television hosts and company executives, fighting against anti-Semitism, demanding to correct all kinds of wrongs and stop wars, and making useful suggestions for improving life in America. Most of her letters were answered, and a considerable number of them led to some action by their recipients.

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