Pat Schroeder Cause of Death: Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, a pioneer for women’s and family rights, has passed away at the age of 82, according to her former press secretary,
Andrea Camp. Schroeder represented Colorado’s 1st Congressional district from 1973-1997 and was known for her fierce dedication to advocating for women in government.
Pat Schroeder Cause of Death, Obituary, Funeral
Schroeder suffered a stroke recently and passed away at a hospital in Celebration, Florida, where she had been living in recent years. Her legacy as a trailblazer for women’s rights in Congress is remembered by many of her colleagues, including Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., who succeeded Schroeder as Democratic chair of the congressional caucus on women’s issues. Lowey described Schroeder as a trailblazer, saying “Every woman in this house is walking in her footsteps.”
During her 24 years of service, Schroeder built a reputation for using her sharp wit to challenge the powerful elite and force entities to acknowledge women’s role in government. She wasn’t afraid to embarrass her congressional colleagues and became an icon for the feminist movement. She rose through the Democratic ranks, becoming the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.
Schroeder retired in 1997 but not without leaving a lasting impression on Congress. She wrote a book titled “24 Years of Housework … and the Place is Still a Mess. My Life in Politics” that chronicled her frustration with the male-dominated legislature and the slow pace of getting things done in the federal government.
Pat Schroeder was a true pioneer for women’s rights in Congress and her legacy will continue to inspire generations of women to come.