Marjorie Craig Benton

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Marjorie Craig Benton "has been a U.S. Commissioner, International Year of the Child, U.S. Ambassador to U.N.I.C.E.F., Board Chair of Save the Children Federation, and the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and a Trustee of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Van Leer Group Foundation in Holland. She is the Co-Founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women. She served as Board Chair of the Council on Foundations.

"She was the Public Delegate to the United Nations, a Delegate to the Special Session on Disarmament, a Co-Chair of Americans for Salt, and Special Advisor to the United Nations Disarmament Commission. She was also Co-Founder of the Peace Museum in Chicago, Illnois.

"She spent forty years working in the Democratic Party ? as a delegate to the National Conventions and its special commissions. She served for eight years as Chair of the White House Fellows Commission. For her service in government, she received the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Award for Meritorious Service." [1]

"Marjorie Craig Benton co-founded the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Women's Issues Network and The Peace Museum. She served as a delegate to the United Nations special sessions on disarmament in the '70s and then as U.S. Ambassador to UNICEF and board chair of Save the Children on issues related to women, children and development in countries around the world. The first woman to serve on the boards of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Van Leer Group Foundation in the Netherlands, Benton was chair of the Council on Foundations board from 1994 to 1996." [1]

She is married to Charles Benton.

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  1. A Conversation with Charles and Marjorie Benton, Foundation News and Commentary, accessed April 22, 2008.
  2. Governing Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, accessed September 1, 2009.