Book | A Few Good Women Project


The efforts of “A Few Good Women” advanced the cause of women in government from 1969 through 1974. Their achievements were impressive and had a ripple effect in business, education and the professions.


rayThe quiet warriors hurdled barriers and made a huge difference for the women who came after them. Many held jobs never before entrusted to women—Helen Delich Bentley, chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission; Catherine Bedell, chairwoman of the Tariff Commission; and Dixy Lee Ray, chairwoman of the Atomic Energy Commission.


The oral history collection “A Few Good Women: Advancing the Cause of Women in Government, 1969-74” documents the hardships and challenges faced by women, and some men, responsible for reaching this watershed for progress by and for women in government.


Housed at the Special Collection Library at the The Penn State University Libraries, the collection includes nearly 50 interviews from key participants, along with a historical timeline, documents and reports. Their recollections provide a significant contribution to the documentation of the history of women in modern American political life.


View the A Few Good Women Collection