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Catherine East

Catherine East—(1916-1996)—She served on the senior staff of every Presidential advisory commission on women from 1962 to 1977, where she researched and prepared position papers, publications, and reports on a variety of women’s issues including the Equal Rights Act, abortion, employment, education, family law, child-bearing, and child-rearing leave. She served as executive secretary on the first advisory commission on the status of women in 1963. One of the outcomes of the first commission was the formation of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966. (Featured on the AFGW special collections website)