Influential D.C. woman featured as 'Google doodle'

(WJLA) -- The late Dorothy Irene Height of Washington, D.C. was immortalized Monday in's ever-popular "Google doodle."

Height was born in Richmond, Va. and lived for a time in both Pennsylvania and New York before settling in D.C., where she would become one of the world's most influential advocates for African American women's rights.

An educator, administrator and activist, Height was perhaps best known for her efforts fighting for the issues of unemployment, illiteracy and voters' rights with respect to black women.

Height served as the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. It is said that American leaders regularly sought her counsel, such as first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, about how the government could appoint more African American women to positions in government.

She also served on several important committees, including as a consultant on African affairs to the Secretary of State, the President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped, and the President's Committee on the Status of Women.

During her lifetime, Height was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Height lived from March 24, 1912 to April 20, 2010.