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On Zoom – “A Matter of Simple Justice” Book Talk by Celebrated Nixon-era Women’s Rights Leader Barbara Hackman Franklin

Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

The Library welcomes the Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, the 29th US Secretary of Commerce for an online presentation. She will be discussing the book, A Matter of Simple Justice by Lee Stout, in a program hosted on Zoom. The book, originally released in 2012, has been re-released this year to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage.  Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to attend.

Based on the “A Few Good Women” oral history project at the Penn State University Libraries, A Matter of Simple Justice illuminates the Nixon administration’s groundbreaking efforts to expand the role of women—and the long-term significant advances for women in the American workplace. At the forefront of these efforts was 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, became the administration’s de facto spokesperson on women’s issues. She helped bring more than one hundred women into executive positions in the government and created a talent bank of more than a thousand names of qualified women. The Nixon administration expanded the numbers of women on presidential commissions and boards, changed civil service rules to open thousands more federal jobs to women, and expanded enforcement of anti-discrimination laws to include gender discrimination.

Also during this time, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment and Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law. The story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and those “few good women” shows how the advances that were made in this time by a Republican presidency both reflected the national debate over the role of women in society and took major steps toward equality in the workplace for women.

Currently, Franklin is President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private consulting firm in Washington, DC. She advises and advocates for American companies doing business in international markets, notably China. Franklin has served five US Presidents. In 2017 TIME Magazine named her one of the “50 Women Who Made American Political History”.

For more about the book and Franklin, visit: https://www.matterofsimplejustice.com/

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