Rye, NY - The United States Postal Service will dedicate the Rye Post Office in honor of Caroline O’Day. The dedication ceremony will take place at 12:00 noon, Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Rye Post Office, 41 Purdy Ave., Rye, NY 10580.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey initiated the legislation to designate the Rye Post Office the “Caroline O’Day Post Office Building” and was signed into law by the President on August 19, 2009.
Caroline O’Day was a long time resident of Rye and a member of the Westchester League of Women Voters. With her friend Eleanor Roosevelt, O’Day helped establish the Women’s Division of the New York State Democratic committee. O’Day became active in both the suffrage and pacifist movements including the National Consumers League and the Women’s Trade Union League.
O’Day was elected to Congress in 1934 as a representative-at-large from New York and went on to serve 4 terms. She advocated essential causes including employment opportunities for the disabled and child labor protection.
“Caroline O’Day was a brave suffragist who successfully enfranchised New York women three years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Congresswoman Lowey will participate in the Post Office dedication ceremony. They will be joined by members of O’Day family and many community dignitaries.
A special pictorial postmark highlighting the dedication celebration will be available at the Rye Post Office and by mail until November 23, 2010. To obtain by mail write to: Rye Post Office, 41 Purdy Ave.., Rye, NY 10580
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