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Molly Yard (born July 6, 1912 in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China as Mary Alexander Yard, the daughter of Methodist missionaries) is a U.S. administrator, social activist, and feminist who served as National Organization for Women President from 1987 to 1991. Having previously served as an assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt, she connected first-wave feminism with second-wave feminism. She received the Feminist Majority Foundation 's lifetime achievement award for "tireless work for women's rights, for women and girls in sports, for the Equal Rights Amendment for Women, for civil rights for all Americans, for her championing of the trade union movement, and her devotion to world peace and non-violence."
Molly Yard graduated in the 1930s from Swarthmore College, a coeducational college that was also the alma mater of Alice Paul, a pioneering feminist and suffragist who drafted the Equal Rights Amendment.
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