Illuminating female leadership through the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt

TEACH Eleanor’s historic significance; INSPIRE Eleanor’s open-hearted approach in all people; VOICE THE URGENCY for female leadership in modern times


Build a nationwide campaign and alliance of organizations to establish the first Federal National Holiday to honor a woman: Eleanor Roosevelt Day. #myeleanorday

Produce an immersive, interactive education program for students in schools, museum patrons, and for other cultural/corporate/educational venues using the 1Future model: learn, share, create, act.
Create a video and social media campaign that sparks a meaningful national understanding of ELEANOR and inspires social innovation movements across the nation.
Launch ELEANOR, a television series that allows national audiences to see the world through the eyes of Eleanor Roosevelt.


Eleanor Roosevelt was a towering pioneer, visionary and advocate for peace, equality, women’s rights and human rights. She promised a better future for both men and women of all cultures through her actions and her lead role as architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Frazer Dougherty, a creative force in early public television in the Hamptons, was so inspired by ELEANOR’s life after reading Blanche Wiesen Cook’s Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt he purchased the media rights for TV to share the light of her stories to a larger national and global audience.

To advance ELEANOR, Frazer engaged Cannon Hersey, grandson of legendary acclaimed Hiroshima author John Hersey, to complete the project that he started. Cannon is a social changemaker and founder of and now the President of Paradise Producers Productions, that holds the rights to ELEANOR.

Martha Williams, a media innovator and culture shift agent, has joined the team as the Director of the Eleanor campaign and established the focus towards a national holiday and engaging baby boomers to Gen Z audiences with the spirit of ELEANOR Roosevelt unique approach to life and politics.

ELEANOR Launch - May 11
ELEANOR Launch - May 11
ELEANOR Launch - May 11
ELEANOR Launch - May 11

ELEANOR Launched at LTV in East Hampton, NY on May 11

“One of the best events I’ve attended since I’ve lived here…” - Ellen Frank, Cities of Peace

Eleanor trilogy biography author, Blanche Weisen Cook set the stage with a compelling presentation - with attendance by 75 throughout the day, 5 roundtables, 4 creative workshops, dancing, yoga and overall deep engagement by participants.

Kym Canter (House Of Fluff), Susan Coleman (The Peacebuilding Podcast), Henry Cross (Hosh Yoga), Kate Mueth (Neo Politcal Cowgirls), Walter Puryear, Andrew Freedman Home, Kathie Russo, (Alec Baldwin’s Podcast “Here’s The Thing”)

Help Us Reach Our Goals

Help us reach our goals so we can develop education, experiences and content that inspire the spirit of Eleanor in all of us.

$50,000 May 11, 2019

These tax deductible funds will help us build infrastructure, team, partnerships and a network of funders and foundations.

$250,000 Sept 15, 2019

These tax deductible funds will support the hiring of additional staff to further develop and prepare regional educational pilots, events and content.

$350,000 Dec 31, 2019

These tax deductible funds will support the roll out of event and content pilots starting in January 2020.

We are currently setting up fiscal sponsorship. Please email us directly if you're interested in donating.


MARTHA WILLIAMS, PRODUCER & ADVISOR is an award-winning film writer/director, choreographer/multimedia artist and longtime change maker. She runs BugHouse Media, a culture shift agency that consults visionary businesses and shepherds in culture shifting projects like ELEANOR, The Red Tent & Run for Your Life. Early in her career, while she was developing her practice as a movement, theater and multimedia artist, Martha was also a student of anthropology (B.A. GWU), a sustainability activist and always a culture shifter at heart. In fact, she formed the NY Alliance for Sustainability with a cadre of cohorts and even co-produced the Interdependent Film Festival. She was involved in SVN, the Small Planet Fund and on the board of Pop Sustainability. Her first full-length theater piece at The Flea Theater was about the perils of fast food. She moved into the world of film in 2009, earned her MFA at CalArts and has been working as a freelance writer/director/creative director and consultant since with clients that include NeuroLeadership, Intel, Connoisseurs and more. She is also the creator of the BugHouse SPIN, a storytelling show and salon at KGB Bar from 2013-2015. Her latest work, a comedy about online dating called Run for Your Life, has 6 million views on YouTube and 20,000 subscribers.

CANNON HERSEY, PRODUCER & ADVISOR is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts.Hersey believes that as an artist, he has a role beyond the studio, working as an educator and organizer to address social change through art, media and education. Hersey has exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, the opening event of the 2008 Sao Paulo Bienale at the private collection of Kim Esteve, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts (MoCADA), the New York Open Center, the Johannesburg Art Foundation, and the presidential award ceremony for Nelson Mandela at NYU.

FRAZER DOUGHERTY, BRAINCHILD & PRODUCER, has always been a creative maverick and force of nature. He founded Public Access Television Station, LTV in early 80s and helped run it 15 years. He hosted more than 1,500, 2 hour HELLO HELLO SHOWS, talking mostly about PEG Access TV for East Hampton! For the last 10 years, Frazer has been President of Paradise Producers Productions which has the film & TV rights to Blanche Wiesen Cook’s 3 Volume Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt Before that, Frazer was the first test pilot for the flying car AIRPHIBIAN (autoPlane) in 1945. AIRPHIBIAN, is the first FAA licensed airplane and now sits in the Smithsonian Museum. Frazer has been married 3 times, has 4 children, 6 step children and 13 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN!

SYLVIA BARJOLO, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER is a professional actress, producer, and overall content creator focused on the significance of storytelling and empowering the voices of those who are most disenfranchised. Driven by a passion for positive social change, Barjolo is constantly exploring how the influence of storytelling can reach a wide audience in the modern formats of film, theatre, television and experiential events.

Thank you to our SPONSORS:

The American Hotel, The American Hotel, an East-End fixture, dates from 1846, the height of the whaling era.

Hosh Yoga, Hosh Yoga is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wellness organization based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. What started as free yoga in McCarren Park in 2009 has turned into a community of yogis who come together to share their practice everyday for over 9 years. Hosh Yoga studio offers daily yoga and meditation classes for practitioners of all levels.

T Salon, T Salon's mission is to create a ground swell of conscious tea drinkers and inspire the heartbeat of millions through the spirit of an everyday cup of tea. To walk and talk with our eyes open, keep an open heart and mind, and educate our customers in the ancient world and the art of tea.

LTV, LTV provides a free-speech television and media platform to share all manner of public discourse, education, and creative expression within our community and the world at large.

Connector Entertainment Group, a full-service PR, Marketing and branding agency engaged in the development, ownership and commercial utilization of music & creative lifestyle content.

ECOBAGS, ECOBAG’s mission is to offer thoughtful, ethically and sustainably sourced, durable-reusable bags that inspire people to reduce, reuse, recycle and re-imagine the world we live in.

Aero Farms, AeroFarms is on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish our communities with safe, nutritious, and delicious food.

Local Roots, Local Roots NYC is revolutionizing your connection to food and reinspiring a cooking culture. Think of us as a modernized CSA, or a customized farmers market that you subscribe to ahead of time.