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Barbara Hackman Franklin

Barbara Hackman Franklin—(1940)—In 1971, she accepted a position as Staff Assistant to President Richard M. Nixon with the mission to recruit talented women into leadership positions in the federal government. After great success she was nominated and confirmed as Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the newly established Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1973. In 1992-93, she served as the 29th Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President George H. W. Bush. (Featured on the AFGW special collections website)