How President Reagan Advanced Women
President Reagan was rightly proud of his record of putting women in positions of leadership in his administration.
In July of 1983, during his first term, he noted: ''We've appointed over a thousand women in executive positions here in Government - three members of the Cabinet - never before in history - and one member of the Supreme Court.''
That was Sandra Day O’Connor, who would serve on the Court for more than 24 years and earn respect from all sides for her fairness, decency and commitment to the Constitution.
But O’Connor was far from the only woman to serve with distinction in the Reagan Administration. Others included Nan R. Huhn, who President Reagan named to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick.
President Reagan once said, “I just wish that those who are doing all the talking would focus more on the many top-notch women in the administration, instead of talking in generalities.” He was always one to lead by example.
So it’s no coincidence that many of today’s women leaders, from Nikki Haley to Sarah Palin to Carly Fiorina, were among the millions of young Americans who were clearly inspired by what they saw in the Reagan White House.
They looked to the Reagan Administration and saw that there were no limits to what they could achieve. Their work today is a powerful part of President Reagan’s achievements! You can read more about President Reagan’s accomplishments here.