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A Few Good Women: Advancing the Cause of Women in Government, 1969-74


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Research Centers

Center for American Women and Politics (Rutgers University)

Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (SUNY-Albany)

Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Institute for Women's Leadership (Douglass College, Rutgers)

Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, & Public Policy (Chatham College)

Women in Politics Institute (American University)

Carla Hills laughing with two other women

In 1975, Carla Hills was already serving as an assistant attorney general when she was named by President Ford as Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and became the third woman in the U.S. to hold a cabinet-level position. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed her to another cabinet level position, as U.S. Trade Representative. A free trade advocate, Hills was the primary U.S. negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement. A consultant, public speaker and attorney, she was one of the founders of the Forum for International Policy.


Libraries, Archives, & Special Collections

Virginia R. Allan Papers (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan), Online finding aid

Catherine May Bedell Manuscripts (Washington State University), Online Finding Aid

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States,

Sophia Smith Collection (Smith College)

Women in the Federal Government (Oral History Office, Columbia University),



Presidential Libraries

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Birthplace,

Ronald Reagan Library,

Gerald Ford Library,

George W. Bush Library,



Public Policy, Political Parties, and Advocacy Groups

Executive Women In Government,

National Federation for Republican Women,

National Foundation for Women Legislators,

National Organization for Women (NOW),

National Women's Political Caucus,

United States Committee for UNIFEM,

Wish List:Women in the Senate and House (Republican),

Women's Campaign Fund,

Women's Leadership Forum (Democrat),



Other Sites on Women in Government and Politics

National First Ladies' Library,

Women in Congress (Biographies of Past and Present Female Representatives),

National Women's Hall of Fame,



Other Resources

National Visionary Leadership Project,

The Historical Society of Washington, DC,

Library of Congress,

The American Presidency Project,