From: Julia Landau <julia@julialandau.com> Date: September 14, 2006 11:00:42 PM PDT To: carmen burana <enlayuma@yahoo.

com>, yip <yip@infomed.sld.cu> Subject: Una mujer para admirar I thought you both might like to read Dru's mom's obit-- she was so funny! A history-making woman like you two doctors. Medicine (carmen), politics (Soraya), and jokes about men (Julia).

Estelle R. Ramey; Used Wit in Women's Advocacy
By Patricia Sullivan Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, September 10, 2006; Page C08

Estelle R. Ramey, a Georgetown University endocrinologist who never hesitated to craft a funny and pointed line to overturn assumptions about the physiological differences and similarities between women and men, died Sept. 8 at her home in Bethesda. She had Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Ramey, dubbed the "Mort Sahl of the women's movement" and "George Burns with an X chromosome," burst into the headlines in 1970 when she challenged the assertion of a Democratic National Committee official that women were unfit for the presidency or for handling emergencies such as the Cuban Missile Crisis because of their "raging storms of monthly hormonal imbalances." As a credentialed expert in the field, "I was startled to learn that ovarian hormones are toxic to brain cells," she wrote in a letter to the Washington Evening Star. She pointed out that President John F. Kennedy had Addison's disease, a chronic, severe hormonal imbalance, and that his medications could result in dramatic mood swings.

Fla.. Dr. Women are designed for long. The female of every species. "Men were designed for short. she noted. and Mother Nature may well be a radical feminist. Teaching by ."If it's testosterone the public wants in a president. and the graduates of Sidwell Friends School. are clearly the weaker sex. she graduated in 1937 and was immediately hired to teach chemistry at Queens College. a French immigrant who was illiterate but insisted on education for her daughter. scientific research and personal experience with discrimination. She won over an audience of conservative women in Winter Park. magazine. is stronger in terms of stamina. miserable ones." Men. Always good for a quote. brutal lives. she was raised in New York City by her mother. nasty. she appeared in major publications across the country and wrote two books. Thanks to the virtually free Brooklyn College." she said. based on the biological evidence. Ramey skipped several grades. graduating from high school at age 15. as an endocrinologist I can't recommend a 70-year-old man in the White House. Ramey became a popular and much-sought speaker on society's myths about how physiological gender differences affect political and social roles. she said. Born in Detroit as Stella Rosemary Rubin. Her wit was rooted in statistics. numerous scientific articles and a piece ("Men's Cycles -They Have Them Too") for the first issue of Ms. They should get a 16-year-old boy instead. Dr. longevity and performance under stress. "It seems the only thing the public doesn't want to see in a president is estrogen. where she was the school's first female commencement speaker." she opined.

. her husband got a job in Chicago at the Atomic Energy Commission. at onethird the pay of her predecessor. where her husband worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. James Ramey. She was a founder and the second president of the American Women in Science. at their New York boarding house.'' After the war and a short period in Washington. She taught for several years in the university's medical school until her husband's career bought them back to Washington in 1956. Ramey became a faculty member at Georgetown. a Columbia law student. Her husband.Dr. she earned a master's degree in chemistry at Columbia University in 1940. James T. Tenn. In 1941. . the couple moved to Knoxville. Dr. No matter that she was pregnant -. he asked her to teach Air Force cadets. she told the New York Times. . He didn't have to carry me piggyback while he was climbing. survivors include two children. on the relationship of the nervous system to stress responses. Ramey took the job. Dr. In addition to her husband of 65 years. ." But when the military draft of World War II thinned his faculty of men. Ramey of Bethesda.day and studying by night. Dr. Ramey earned her doctorate in physiology at the University of Chicago in 1950. The chemistry department chairman of the nearby University of Tennessee refused to hire her because he thought she should be "home taking care of her husband. "was absolutely determined that I not falter in my career. They were married by the not-yet-famous theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in his apartment. She met her husband. where she worked until retiring in 1987. .

has a life expectancy of 150 years and the brain 200 years. She was a regular at the Renaissance Weekends made famous by President Bill Clinton. and five grandchildren. Sara Ramey. Dr. because women outlive men by seven to nine years.Drucilla Stender Ramey of New York and Dr." She told a convention of surgeons in 1989 that the human heart. They make more. but her facility with quips gave her a national audience. she said. One granddaughter. Essential to the scenario. Asked once by a sneering lawyer if she preferred the title "chairperson." she said. Researchers have found ways to slow the aging process and revitalize the body. Such studies would help men as well as women and society. "But it becomes damaging as a man gets older. Ramey's decades of endocrinology research brought her recognition in the medical world. she said. Every home should have some." Dr. Ramey." She traded ideas on helping abused women with an Egyptian feminist at a White House tea. Dr. "I'd rather be a chairman. if receiving a normal supply of blood and nutrition. James Ramey of Bethesda. Ramey continued to investigate the impact of stress hormones on males and females and blamed the lack of related research on bias in the largely male scientific establishment. is writing a biography of Dr. although I'm not sure all of them deserve it. I'm trying to help men live longer. Ramey responded. I like testosterone. "Now. is getting the right chemical balance with . "I am appalled at the fact that men have not studied the differences between males and females for their own advantage.'' she said in the 1980s.

. Ramey was 89. "The goal is to die young at a late age. Dr. I'd say 120 years looks like a good goal." she said. At the time of her death.nutrition. vitamins and drugs.

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