By Helen Robinson, Regional Manager, D.C. Metro Region
On Sunday March 8, 2015, I was honored and humbled to attend a 100th birthday celebration for Ms. Daisy Fields. Daisy was a founding member of Federally Employed Women (FEW) and served as the second national president. She was the first editor of News and Views and served in that position for 16 years.
During the celebration, Shamella Riggs, a member of the FEW Foundation, informed Daisy that the foundation has renamed its Past President’s Scholarship the “Daisy Fields Past President’s Scholarship.” The gesture brought tears to Daisy’s eyes: “I just worked hard and did what I thought was the right thing to do.”
Daisy looked an amazing 100 years young and was wearing her “original” FEW pin — the pin she herself designed and that we still wear today.
The FEW family collaborated to make this a memorable event. Past National President Mae Morris (1976-1978) sent 101 red roses – one for each year and one to grow on. Marylouise Uhlig, Past National President (1980 – 1982), brought a “birthday cake” of flowers and wine with a private “Daisy Fields” label, “bottled every 100 years.” Past National President Patricia Wolfe provided festive red and white paper goods. Michelle Crockett and D.C. Metro Regional Manager Helen Robinson provided the refreshments.
Daisy is truly a “veteran feminist.” In addition to being a partner in the founding of FEW, she also served on boards and held offices in many organizations: Federation of Organizations for Professional Women, National Association of Women Business Owners, National Council of Career Women, National Woman’s Party, VP of the Women’s Institute and Managing Editor, Women’s Institute Press where she edited and published Winds of Change: Korean Women in America by Diana Yu.
Daisy was visibly touched by the celebration, saying “This is a reason to live another 100 years.” In reality, what Daisy has done for us as FEW members is more than most people could accomplish in 200 years.
We wish Daisy many more birthdays and are blessed to know her.