Iric Nathanson “It takes a good strong man to publicly and privately support his wife’s equality and tolerate her independence,” Arvonne Fraser wrote in one of her widely read holiday letters to friends and supporters. Arvonne, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92, penned this tribute to her husband, Don, after he had been elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 and she remained in Washington, working in a senior position at the Agency for International Development. The tribute was a commentary on their marriage, lasting nearly 70 years at the time of her death, and a reference to her independent career as a national feminist leader.I first got to know Arvonne when I was working in Don’s office as a congressional assistant. Back then, in...
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Legacy of equity, independence: A tribute to Arvonne Fraser