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Women's History Month '17
Transcript of Women's History Month '17
Loret Miller Ruppe
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Iran (1962-1964)
Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988—1993
First Lebanese-American Woman to serve in a Cabinet position as Secretary of Health and Human Services under former Pres. Bill Clinton, 1993–2001
Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by former Pres. George Bush, June 2008
Received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, 2010
Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, 2011
President of University of Miami, 2001—2015
Current President of the Clinton Foundation
Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1968
First woman elected President of the New York City Council, 1977-1985
Principal at Morgan Stanley and Co., 1986 to 1990 and Managing Director of Bear Stearns & Co., 1990 to 1993
First RPCV, Guatemala 1963-65, confirmed by the Senate as Director of the Peace Corps, 1993-1995
Fourth Executive Director of UNICEF, 1995-2005
CEO of World Learning and President of its School for International Training—one of the world's first private, non-profit, international educational organizations, 2005-2007
Current Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Barbara Jo White
In 1979, earned an MBA degree at Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Georgetown University
Served as Chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission (1988-1989)
First Asian American Woman to serve as Director of the Peace Corps, 1991-1992
Expanded the Peace Corps’ presence in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and other newly independent countries
President and CEO of United Way of America, 1996-2001
First Taiwanese American politician to be appointed as Secretary of Labor from 2001-2009
Board member of the Independent Women’s Forum
Recently confirmed as Secretary of the Department of
Transportation on January 31, 2017
Mother of former US President Jimmy Carter
Volunteered, at the age of 68, for the Peace Corps in India where she worked at the Godrej colony and assisted patients with leprosy, 1966-1968
Received the Covenant of Peace Award from Jewish Synagogue Council in American, 1977
Published two books during Carter’s Presidency, namely, “Miss Lillian and Friends” & “Away from Home: Letters to Family”
Named as an honorary chair of the Peace Corps National Advisory Council in 1980
In 1986, the Lilian Carter Award created in her honor by the Atlanta Regional Office to recognize outstanding Volunteers over age 50
In 2001, Emory University established the Lilian
Carter Center for International Nursing in honor
of the work she did in India
First generation Ghanaian American
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mali, 2003-2004
In 2005, launched Shea Yeleen International, which helps
women in West Africa organize cooperatives and provide training
In 2012, created Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, LLC, a shea butter supply chain that provides fair compensation to women
Appointed to President Obama's Advisory
Council on Doing Business in Africa, 2014
A leading voice on African women’s economic and business development, has presented at:
UN Thematic Debate on Entrepreneurship for Development,
Secretary of State Global Diaspora Forum,
World Bank Africa Region Growth Dialogue
First female and first African American to be appointed Peace Corps Director (October 1977)
Served as a director for the Caribbean region in 1967
Received the Peace Corps Leader for Peace Award in 1988.
Completed her Ed.D. in counseling and school administration at Columbia University in 1962.
In addition to working as a professor in numerous universities, she the director of University Counseling Services at Howard University in 1970.
Passed away in April 2001.
Peace Corps’ longest serving director, who served for 8 years beginning in 1981.
Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with USAID to establish the Small Project Assistance (SPA) program. Since then, the SPA program has supported small, community-initiated grants and has facilitated technical assistance and training activities.
Increased the percent of volunteers over age 50 from 3% to 11% in 6 years.
Attended Marymount College and
Served as a Peace Corps medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia in the 1980s.
Enrolled at Stanford University at the age of 16.
First African American female astronaut. In 1992, she flew into space aboard Endeavour.
An alternate public school, the Mae C. Jemison Academy, was named after her.
Founded The Jemison Group, a technology
design and consulting company.
Barbara Jo White, a Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (1987-1989), created the first World Map Project at a local school after observing how quickly paper maps wore out in the humid climate. Volunteers today continue to use her project.
• Millie was a member of the Kennedy team’s civil rights campaign.
• When she heard about students creating a petition for the Peace Corps, she organized a meeting between them and Kennedy.
• Mille went on to earn the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. government, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
• Following Kennedy’s speech at Univ. Of Michigan in 1960, Judy and her husband created a petition of names to let the next president know that they were serious about volunteering for a Peace Corps.
• They pledged to devote years to service abroad. Hundreds signed their petition.
• Judy served in Thailand as an English Education Volunteer. She and her husband were among the first Volunteers.
Today, 62% of Peace Corps Volunteers are women.