Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Senate Passes Lowey Bill Renaming Rye Post Office

August 5, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate yesterday passed legislation that would rename the U.S. Postal Service facility on Purdy Avenue in Rye, New York, as the “Caroline O’Day Post Office Building.” The legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) in the House of Representatives, where it passed unanimously on May 5, 2009.

“Caroline O’Day was a brave suffragist who successfully enfranchised New York women three years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment,” said Lowey. “As a Member of Congress, Caroline O’Day not only faithfully represented the myriad interests of her constituents from Buffalo to Brooklyn, she put one of the first cracks in the glass ceiling as one of the first women in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Caroline O’Day was a resident of Rye and a member of the Westchester League of Women Voters. With her friend Eleanor Roosevelt, O’Day helped found the Women’s Division of the New York State Democratic Committee and was elected chairwoman of the New York delegation to the 1924 Democratic National Convention, becoming the first woman from either major party to hold the position.

Caroline O’Day was elected in 1934 to one of New York’s two at-large Congressional seats and became the second woman in history to chair a committee. She fought to improve the quality of life of underrepresented minorities in cities and migrant agricultural workers. She also fought to alleviate poverty among children.

“We women currently serving in this esteemed body stand on the shoulders of pioneering women like Caroline O’Day, whose grit and determination helped them not only overcome gender bias, but lead this nation through depression and war,” said Lowey.

The legislation designating the “Caroline O’Day Post Office Building” is awaiting the signature of President Obama to be enacted into law.