Stroke claims the life of Pat Schroeder, 82, a former congresswoman and a trailblazer for women’s rights.


Pat Schroeder, a former congresswoman, passed away from a stroke.

On Monday, an ex-lawmaker who had been a leader in the fight for women’s rights died in a Florida hospital. She was 82.


Schroeder was first elected to Congress in 1972


Schroeder first entered Congress in 1972 and served for 24 years, winning re-election 11 times.

Being the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, she became a symbol for the feminist movement.

In 1983, Schroeder was the one who came up with the nickname “Teflon” for then-president Ronald Reagan.

She made headlines when she said, “He has been perfecting the Teflon-coated presidency: He sees to it that nothing sticks to him,” while speaking on the House floor.

The congresswoman announced her possible candidacy for the Democratic nominee and began a campaign to raise money for it in 1987.

She considered fundraising to be “demeaning,” so she decided against launching a campaign because “her heart wasn’t in it.”


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