Introduction

The Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Since the Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women (1961-1963) was established under the Kennedy administration, gender equality has made significant strides. In 1973 President Richard Nixon advanced gender equality even further. President Nixon created the Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women. By bridging the private and public sector concerns, the Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women has served presidents by endorsing and promoting executive and legislative actions.

Membership in these advisory councils was quite diverse. The women who served came from vastly different walks of life and represented wide varieties of interests. Some women were attorneys; others included civic leaders, teachers, and business executives. The myriad perspectives offered by these women benefited the council by representing the many different experiences and interests of women in America, and to advance the universal goals of gender equality.