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Career Girl: 1925

Career Girl: 1925

Washington, 1925. "Miss Grace M. Eddy, first woman examiner for the Interstate Commerce Commission." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.


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Grace...All Fleshed Out

Thank you Dave for your work on the timeline for Grace. She now transcends just being a photograph to being a human being. She was obviously a tenacious soul who lived the life she wanted. She is a reminder that women today stand on the shoulders of giants like dear Grace.


Dave, your research took this photo from "interesting" to "fascinating." Kind of goes to show that many of the true women's lib pioneers weren't necessarily out leading protest marches and being dragged away to jail; they were instead just doing the jobs that they loved and not letting anyone stop them simply because of their gender.

Way to go Grace!

I wonder what Grace would have to say about Gov. Palin?

[Let's not forget the many thousands of women's suffrage marchers who, only a few years before this picture was taken, helped pave the way for Grace. - Dave]

Go Grace!

I would have liked to see her smiling in this pic.

French teacher

She looks like my French teacher, no good memories!

Thank You Grace

I think all women of today should thank women like Grace. They made it possible for us to enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. And it seems to me that she lived up to her name.

But of course, instead we're all worried about what she looks like.

Thanks Dave for posting her history.

Grace Eddy 1890-1981

A Grace Eddy timeline, as gleaned from the pages of the Washington Post. Note in particular the final item. - Dave

1915: Purse containing $10 stolen from Grace, who lived at 2140 P Street NW, while she was at church (Epiphany Episcopal, G Street NW).

1923: Grace is on the committee planning the annual banquet of the Women's Bar Association.

1925: Grace is a speaker at a meeting of the Women's Bar Association.

1925: "Supreme Court Admits Woman." Miss Grace M. Eddy, of Wisconsin, the first woman appointed examiner for the Interstate Commerce Commission, was yesterday admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. She received her law training at George Washington University and is now treasurer of the Women's Bar Association of the District.

1927: Grace is a Maryland delegate to the national convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

1930: Grace attends a garden party dinner given by the Women's City Club.

1934: Grace is a table hostess at the annual banquet of the Women's Bar Association.

1934: Grace is on the planning committee for a party given by the Wisconsin Society at the Willard Hotel.

1935: Grace is in the receiving line for a party given by the Badger Society at the Shoreham Hotel.

1935: Grace is on the planning committee for the "annual moonlight excursion" (aboard the City of Washington) of the Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota state societies.

1935: Grace assists at a tea given by the American Association of University Women.

1981: Letter to the editor from Ann L. Wild of Chevy Chase.

On July 7, when Judge Sandra Day O'Connor was nominated to the Supreme Court, a friend of mine was buried. Grace Eddy, 91, became a lawyer when very few women did. She graduated from George Washington University School of Law in the 1920s and worked as a lawyer at the Interstate Commerce Commission for many years. She had to struggle because she was a woman, but she loved her work. Judge O'Connor can serve on the Supreme Court today because women like Grace Eddy dared to work hard to be what they wanted to be -- lawyers -- years ago.

Laugh if you must

Laugh if you must, fellows. But that woman probably helped control a preposterously large chunk of the US economy. How much will it cost to ship a load of grapefruit from California to Michigan? Ask Grace. Would it be OK if you started a parcel delivery company in Iowa? Not unless Grace says so.

Don't worry. She never paid for her own drinks.

Miss Eddy

Setting aside all of the usual snide comments about her appearance, I really would like to know more about her story after this photo was taken. Unfortunately the only result I get by Googling Grace Eddy and the Interstate Commerce Commission is to a paid archive site and I have no desire to pay $6.25 a month just to find out if the article actually deals with Miss Grace. from what little I can find out she seems to have been a very accomplished woman - far more than just a glorified secretary.

One ringy-dingy, Two ringy-dingy

Lily Tomlin comes to mind.

Where's Sweet Pea?

I like the overbite.

Miss Eddy

I'm sure she was a damn fine bureaucrat!

Where's Popeye?

Where's Popeye?


Hubba-hubba, Madame. I thought Olive Oyl was hot, but dang, baby. You can balance my ledger any time, if you know what I mean.

Strange Job

What, pray tell, did Miss Grace examine women for?

Miss Jane Hathaway!

Milburn Drysdale: "Miss Hathaway, would you come here, please?"

Flattering Glasses?

Yes, but the hairdo more than makes up for them...


Those glasses are just so flattering.

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