AB, Hollins College, 1939; postgraduate, Bryn Mawr College, 1940-1941.
In the early 1960s Persinger served as a public member on the United States. Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, and on the Committee Against Discrimination of the American Civil Liberties Union. From 1969 to 1972 Persinger was chairwoman of the Conference of the United States Conference of Non-governmental organizations. Persinger was the United States" World Young Women’s Christian Association observer at the United Nations from 1968 to the present.
Persinger chaired the planning and management of the 1975 non-governmental organization Forum parallel to the first United Nations World Women"s Conference in Mexico City, the first of the series ending with Beijing 1985.
Active President's Commission United Nations, 1970-1971, National Commission International Women's Year, 1976-1978. Organizer international tribune International Women's Year, Mexico City, 1975, chair international committee National Women's Conference, Houston, 1977. Founder, president International Women's Tribune Center, 1976-1982.
United Nations representative World Young Women’s Christian Association, Geneva, 1976-1995. Active Young Women’s Christian Association, White Plains and Yonkers, New York. Member United States committee United Nations Development Fund Women, board directors, 1992-1995.
Board directors United Nations Association United States of America, 1970-1976, Non-Governmental Organizations Committee Disarmament, board directors, 1980-1994, member executive committee Commission Study Organization Peace, 1971-1979. Active World Population Conference, Bucharest, 1974, World Women's Conferences Mexico, 1975, Copenhagen, 1980, Nairobi, 1985. Initiator, convenor Women's Mid-Decade Dialogue, 1979-1982.
Public member United States President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1962-1964. Chair conference United Nations Representatives, 1969-1972. Board directors Conference Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Status with United Nations Economic and Social Council, 1976-1980, 94-95.
National board directors overseas education fund League of Women Voters, 1977-1981, American branch International Social Service. Board directors Public Affairs Committee, 1975-1982. Secretary National Committee Against Discrimination in the War Effort, 1943-1945.
Member New York State Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, 1950-1953, New York State Governor's Consumer Advisory Council, 1957-1958, Junior League Westchester on Hudson, 1951-1958, board directors, 1953-1955. Member League of Women Voters (advisory committee board education 1951-1952, board directors 1948-1956, 90-92).
Married Richard Burwell Persinger, June 20, 1942. Children: Louise Tilghman Persinger Montgomery, Richard Emory, Philip Burwell.