The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and A Few Good Women
By Lee Stout
Afterword by Barbara Hackman Franklin
The book focuses on Barbara Hackman Franklin, a Staff Assistant to the President who was hired to recruit more women into the upper levels of the federal government. Franklin, at the direction of President Nixon, White House Counselor Robert Finch, and personnel director Fred Malek, helped to bring more than one hundred women into executive positions in the government—almost four times more than in any previous administration.
In the second part of the book, archivist and historian Lee Stout highlights the personal stories of other women who were swimming against the tide to achieve equality. Based on the “A Few Good Women” oral history project at Penn State University Libraries, the book features excerpts from interviews with prominent women and men who describe their experiences during “The Gender Revolution.” Interviewees share fascinating details about early influences, breaking down barriers, the impact on family, the role of networking, and the particular challenge of gaining entry to the legal profession.
Although largely unknown or forgotten today, the story of Barbara Franklin and a few good women shaped the opportunities available to women for generations to come.
Lee Stout is Librarian Emeritus at the Penn State University Libraries. He served as University Archivist for 28 years and retired in 2009. Stout is past-president of the Society of American Archivists and served on the U.S. National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
A Matter of Simple Justice Info
Published by Penn State University Libraries | 24.95 | cloth | 200 page | 7 x 10 | 98 illustrations
Cloth ISBN 978-0-9839478-0-6 | eISBN 978-0-9839478-1-3