Remembering Elizabeth Peratrovich

Today, we remember Elizabeth Peratrovich, an Alaskan Native who fought for the passage of the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

Elizabeth and her husband decided to fight discrimination in Alaska after seeing a discriminatory sign in 1941. They both reached out to the governor, who agreed with them and unsuccessfully tried to pass an anti-discrimination bill in 1943. A second attempt in February 1945 was successful.

Each year, February 16 is celebrated as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska. Elizabeth will also be commemorated next year on a $1 coin. Please read the full story in the following link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/obituaries/elizabeth-peratrovich-overlooked.html