President Nixon and staff assistant Barbara Hackman Franklin, who was responsible for increasing the numbers of women in top-level, policy-making government jobs.




Online features will highlight accomplishments of one person each day through March

February 28, 2019 — In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Richard Nixon Foundation will spotlight influential women, recruited and hired to work in high-level positions in the Nixon administration, many of whom went on to make an impact in both the public and the private sectors.

This celebration highlights many prolific women, such as 29th Secretary of Commerce and one of the first woman corporate board directors Barbara Hackman Franklin, who served as a staff assistant to President Nixon with the goal of increasing the numbers of women in top-level, policy-making government jobs; U.S. Senator and Secretary of Labor and Transportation Elizabeth Dole, who served as a deputy assistant to President Nixon for consumer affairs; Anne Armstrong, a Counselor to President Nixon with Cabinet Rank and later the first woman Ambassador to the United Kingdom; and Ann McLaughlin Korologos, communications director of the Nixon re-election campaign and 19th Secretary of Labor.

The features will be posted across the Nixon Foundation’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels daily from March 1st through March 31st, 2019. Click here to see the profiles.

The following women will be recognized during the month of March:

Virginia Allan
Anne Armstrong
Betty Athanasakos
Catherine Bedell
Helen Delich Bentley
Evelyn Cunningham
Ruth Davis
Elizabeth Dole
Barbara Hackman Franklin
Vera Glaser
Cynthia Hall
Nancy Hanks
Rita Hauser
Vera Hirschberg
Pat Hitt
Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm
Patricia Hutar
Bobbie Kilberg
Virginia Knauer
Ann M. Korologos
Esther Christian Lawton
Patti Matson
Constance Newman
Pat Nixon
Sallyanne Payton
Susan Porter Rose
Constance Stuart
Paula Adams Tennant
Gloria Toote
Ethel Walsh
Margita White
Marina Whitman

Because of this effort, the Nixon administration nearly quadrupled the number of women in top level, policy-making jobs in the federal government, and moved 1,000 women up into middle management ranks of government. The Nixon administration successfully expanded the number of women on presidential commissions and boards.

Also during this time, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment —with the support of President and Mrs. Nixon— and President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law.