Patricia Schroeder, a former leading feminist legislator, and congresswoman was a woman of strong will. She has played a major role in redefining several laws. She also made American Politics a better place for women by redefining their role in governing.

She remains an inspiration to several and a great leader that can be looked up to. The politician, however, passed away on March 13th, 2023. Her daughter, Jamie Cornish, confirmed the incident.

The Life of Patricia Schroeder

Patricia was born on January 3, 1973, in Portland. She moved to Des Moines, Iowa in her early years. She even accomplished earning her pilot’s license at the young age of fifteen.

After high school, she majored in history at the University of Minnesota. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1964.

Patricia Schroeder

On August 18, 1962, she married Jim Schroeder, a Harvard Law School classmate, and moved to Denver, Colorado, where Jim joined a law firm. They also had two children, Scott William (born 1966) and Jamie Christine (born 1970).

After her husband participated and lost in the Colorado General Assembly elections by a mere 42 votes, she was later convinced, somehow, to run for the elections. She decided to run for the seat on a platform of opposition to the Vietnam War.

She did secure a place and was a headstrong leader. Patricia established a firm power and made several notable changes in the system. She has contributed to several Acts and would be a name impossible to erase from history.

However, no power can win against death. She passed away on 13th March 2023.

Patricia’s Cause of Death

Patricia’s demise was confirmed by her daughter, Jamie Cornish. She told the press that the cause of her mother’s death was derived to be – complications due to a stroke.

Schroeder was 82 years old at the time of her death and was in the hospital when she took her final breaths.

Patricia Schroeder

A strong lady has passed away and her work and contribution will forever be honored. She has brought forth some major changes and her deeds are truly commendable.

Patricia and Her Notable Reforms

She was the driving force behind the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 – which guarantees women and men up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a family member.

She helped pass the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act – it barred employers from dismissing women because they were pregnant and from denying them maternity benefits. 

She also championed laws that helped reform spousal pensions, opened military jobs to women, and forced federally funded medical researchers to include women in their studies.

Patricia Schroeder

She even worked to improve benefits for military personnel and persuaded the Vietnam War committee to recommend that women be allowed to fly combat missions.

She was powerful and influential enough that people even expected her to run for the Presidential elections. However, in a very emotional announcement in 1987, with tears in her eyes, she declared that she won’t be running for the elections as people expected her to.

Patricia had to constantly deal with stereotypes and was often slammed for working as a lawmaker despite having two children. She gave a befitting reply, turning the people speechless by saying, “I have a brain and a uterus and I use both.”

Patricia was the voice of women and an ideal feminist we must all look up to. She has set a benchmark and her reforms have made her name immortal in history.


Patricia Schroeder was a congresswoman and lawmaker who was the driving force behind many reformative American laws. The headstrong lady passed away on March 13th at the age of 82.

She died of complications that arose due to a stroke.

She will forever be remembered and honored. We wish her soul rests in grace.

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