There is a reason every PR student knows the name Betsy Plank. She was a revolutionary in the world of public relations. You remember the game where you can choose any three people dead or alive to invite to tea? I would choose Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo DaVinci and Betsy Plank.
Ms. Plank was the mother of the Public Relations Society of America – the organization I love more than I can even express. She saw that unity, mentorship and the sharing of ideas would allow for the profession of public relations to grow into what it is today.
Betsy Plank was not just a woman in PR, she was THE woman of PR. She was the first woman everything it seems. She paved the way for so many others – including myself.
As an icon of public relations, Betsy Plank will never truly die. She will live on in textbooks, stories, scholarships and practices. She will live on in the hearts of practitioners everywhere.
Here are some great articles in her memory: