Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Sutherland Carpenter, press secretary to First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (among other amazing accomplishments!) is truly dear to the hearts of the Pickle Pea Walks team. We think of her as a combination of Mother Earth and a lightening bolt with a silk tongue and lots of infectious southern charm.
Here’s some information about the 25th Annual Liz Carpenter Award for Best Scholarly Book on the History of Women and Texas. It seems others appreciate Liz’s accomplishments as much as we do.
And for a close-up look at Liz’s life and legacy, here’s a tribute to her from the New York Times published on March 20, 2010 shortly after her death.