On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Gail Sisti, 313 Forest Rd, Wallkill, NY 12589 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Mrs. Peale is a former member of the AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch. She is the widow of noted minister, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Mrs. Peale is a graduate of Syracuse University, and before her marriage, taught mathematics at Syracuse Central High School. She and Dr. Peale were married for sixty-three years, and she is a mother of three, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of six.
Although Mrs. Peale worked closely with her husband in all aspects of his ministry, she also established a separate identity as a religious leader, public speaker and author. She is co-founder, publisher and chairman of the board of Guideposts magazine, which currently has over six million subscribers. Guideposts is a ministry of inspirational products and services developed from the belief that people’s lives can be improved, strengthened and deepened through applied spiritual faith. The organization is unified around a mission of being a world leader in “communicating positive, faith-filled principles that empower people to reach their maximum spiritual and personal potential.”
In 1998, Mrs. Peale led the launch of Guideposts’ sixth magazine, Clarity, a publication for professional women. She is the author of the book, Secrets of Staying in Love. Among other distinctions, Mrs. Peale was the first woman president of the National Board of North American Missions of the Reformed Church of America, and the first woman chairman of the Planning and Program Committee of the National Council of Churches.
Because of her dynamic spiritual achievements, Mrs. Peale has been a great influence to millions, and has made many contributions in working towards positive societal change. Mrs. Peale maintains a farm home on Quaker Hill, Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y.
Link to a biography of Ruth Stafford Peale written for the "Women in History project of AAUW-NYS.