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Arvonne Fraser

Arvonne Fraser
Born Arvonne S. Skelton
(1925-09-01) September 1, 1925
Lamberton, Minnesota
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Occupation US Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Known for Women's rights activist
Spouse(s) Perry Morgan (m. 1946)
Donald M. Fraser (m. 1950)
Children Six (and seven grandchildren)
Parents Orland Delbert and Phyllis Du Frene Skelton

Arvonne S. Fraser (born September 1, 1925),[1] is Senior Fellow Emerita at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and from 1993-1994 was the US Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.[2]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Selected bibliography 5
  • References 6

Early life

Arvonne S. Skelton was born in Lamberton, Minnesota to parents Orland Delbert and Phyllis Du Frene Skelton.[3]

Education

In 1948 she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota.[3]

Career

Arvonne Fraser began her career in Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) politics.[3] She was active in the 20th century women's movement, serving as national president of Women's Equity Action League from 1972-4 where she also served as the first director of the WEAL Fund Intern Program. She was director of the Office of Women in Development at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1977-1981 after serving as Counselor, Office of Presidential Personnel in the Carter administration and, earlier, as Upper Midwest Director of the Carter for President campaign. She was a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota from 1982 to 1994 and is now senior fellow emerita. While at the Humphrey Institute (now Humphrey School) she directed the International Women's Rights Action Project (IWRAW) and co-founded the school's Center on Women and Public Policy.

Fraser ran for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in 1986. In 1979 she received the Honorary Doctor of Laws from Macalester College; in 2007 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota; in 1992 she received a Resourceful Woman Award for women's human rights from the Tides Foundation and in 1995 she received the Prominent Women in International Law, Women's Interest Group, American Society of International Law, the first non-lawyer to receive this award. From 1993 - 1994 she served as US Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.[4]

Personal life

She married Perry Morgan in 1946; they divorced in 1949. In 1950 she married Donald M. Fraser and the couple had six children (Thomas, Mary, John, Lois, Anne, and Jean)[5] and seven grandchildren.[3]

In 1954 her husband was elected to the Minnesota Senate and served until 1962 when he was elected to represent Minnesota's 5th congressional district in Washington, DC. He served there from 1963 until 1979.[5]

Selected bibliography

Books

  • Fraser, Arvonne (1970). Government. Minneapolis: Dillon Press.  
  • Fraser, Arvonne (1974). Office occupations. Minneapolis: Dillon Press.  
  • Fraser, Arvonne; Huston, Perdita (1979). Third world women speak out: interviews in six countries on change, development, and basic needs. New York London etc: Praeger for the Overseas Development Council.  
  • Fraser, Arvonne (1987). The U.N. Decade for Women: documents and dialogue. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.  
  • Fraser, Arvonne;  
  • Fraser, Arvonne (2007). She's no lady: politics, family, and international feminism. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nodin Press.  

Chapters in books

  • Fraser, Arvonne S. (2001), "Becoming human: the origins and development of women's human rights", in Agosín, Marjorie, Women, gender, and human rights: a global perspective, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 15–64,   Also available online through the University of Minnesota, Human Rights Library.

Journal articles

  • Fraser, Arvonne S. (November 1999). "Becoming human: the origins and development of women's human rights". Human Rights Quarterly (Project MUSE: Johns Hopkins University Press) 21 (4): 853–906.   Also available online through the University of Minnesota, Human Rights Library.

Papers

  • Fraser, Arvonne S.; Kazantzis, Miranda (1992). CEDAW #11: The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, The Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, and violence against women. 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455: International Women's Rights Action Watch. 
  • "Collection finding aids: ARVONNE S. FRASER: an inventory of her papers at the Minnesota Historical Society" (Personal papers pertaining to the life, voluntary activities, and professional career of a Minneapolis feminist: 75 cubic feet (75 boxes)). Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. 1947-1999 (bulk 1970-1994). 

References

  1. ^ "Fraser, Arvonne S.". Library of Congress. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Contributing, Editor (2009), "Fraser, Arvonne", in Forsythe, David P., Encyclopedia of human rights 2, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 266–269,   Online version, subscription required.
  3. ^ a b c d "Collection finding aids: ARVONNE S. FRASER: an inventory of her papers at the Minnesota Historical Society" (Personal papers pertaining to the life, voluntary activities, and professional career of a Minneapolis feminist: 75 cubic feet (75 boxes)). Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. 1947-1999 (bulk 1970-1994). 
  4. ^ Forsythe, David P. (2009-08-11). Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Oxford University Press. pp. 266–. ISBN 9780195334029. Retrieved 13 April 2012
  5. ^ a b "Collection finding aids (what's new, March 2012, NHPRC basic project grant) Donald M. Fraser: an inventory of his papers" (Papers of a Minneapolis lawyer and politician who served as Minnesota state senator (1954-1962), as U.S. congressman from Minnesota's fifth district (1962-1978), and as mayor of Minneapolis (1979-1994).). Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. 1954–1994.  Pdf list of material in collection.
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