Morag Macleod Simchak
Morag Macleod Simchak was born in London in 1914, the descendant of a proud Scottish family. She arrived in the United States in 1941 after fleeing German occupied Poland. Her first husband was a member of the Polish resistance and died during the 1944 Warsaw uprising.
Morag became a US Citizen in 1945 and almost immediately went to work trying to secure equal rights for women in this country. She eventually went to work for the Labor Department where she helped draft, and pushed through Congress, the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Simchak also helped implement several other equal rights laws here and abroad.
She moved to Woodstock in September of 1977 and died a year later.