Listee Features — Politics

Deborah Turner


Deborah Ann Turner was inspired to a career in medicine by her sister, who was a registered nurse and often brought her to visit the hospital where she worked. By the time Ms. Turner was in middle school, it had become her mission to attend medical school. Achieving her Bachelor of Science in zoology, chemistry and psychology at Iowa State University, she went on to complete a Doctor of Medicine and an obstetrics-gynecology residency at the University of Iowa and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Ms. Turner then began her career as a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center in Iowa. Excelling in medical education and patient care, Ms. Turner spent 35

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Margaret Chase Hager

Motivated throughout her career by her care for others, Margaret Chase Hager began the first part of her career in 1963 as an assistant registrar and assistant curator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. After spending some time traveling through Asia and completing graduate studies in Asian art in Tokyo, she returned to the United States and entered the field of international banking in 1965 as the assistant to the director of the International Monetary Fund. She then joined the international division of the First National City Bank, now Citibank, in 1970, where she ran the Saudi Arabian desk in New York until she took a break from

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Margaret Martin


Attributing much of her success to her passion for politics and her desire to help others, Margaret L. Martin has been involved in the political realm since the age of 18. Knowing her worth and determined to make a difference, she joined Strayer College, now known as Strayer University, where she earned an associate degree before obtaining her first position in the field. Starting out as a caseworker in the office of Sen. Harrison A. Williams of New Jersey, she was notably the first African American woman to serve in the office. In 2002, she joined the New Jersey Democratic State Committee as the operations director, going on to achieve the position of chief operating officer for the committee in

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Inspired to a career in politics due to her interest in serving her community, MaryAnn C. Riley started on her professional path when she was still a high school student. Hearing about Dwight D. Eisenhower on the radio, she was driven to involve herself in the Eisenhower presidential campaign. After she earned her high school diploma she joined Purdue University and achieved a Bachelor of Science in education in 1963. That same year, after gaining her teaching certificate in Indiana, she began teaching at the James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School, where she spent the next 20 years teaching in the first grade gifted program as well as regular classes for the third, fifth and sixth grades. Ms. Riley also spent

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Patricia Madson


Attributing her success to her desire to work, Patricia A. Madson embarked on her career immediately following her graduate from high school. Joining a Public Office starting in California, she worked with the Kedena Air Base Library in Okinawa, Japan, and the Air Force administration at Kedena Air Force Base through Voice of America Okinawa. She then returned to the United States and took a position with Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Following these positions, she found herself desiring a change of career and she was encourage by her then boss’ assistant to seek a job in Capitol Hill. She achieved her first position for then Rep. Paul Findley, and rose to become a journal clerk for the U.S.

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Skilled in writing thanks to her parents, who were both writers, Carol Gene Dawson was also exposed to politics at an early age, which caught her fascination. In 1959, after earning a Bachelor of Arts from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, she began her career as a staff assistant to Sen. Kenneth B. Keating in Washington, D.C. That same year, she was also involved with Americans for Constitutional Action as an executive assistant and the Youth for Nixon Lodge as an executive secretary. Becoming a legislative assistant to Rep. Donald C. Bruce in 1961, she later served as the deputy director for public information for the Goldwater for President Campaign and the Republican National Committee from 1963 to 1964.

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Gayle Michael


Earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Temple University in 1960, Gayle Granatir Michael, MA, BS, became certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and embarked on her career as a teacher because she felt she had something she could give back to the kids of her community. She first served as a teacher and basketball and debate coach in the Media Borough School District in Pennsylvania from 1960 to 1963, before working in the same capacity at Woodrow Wilson High School in New Jersey from 1963 to 1966. Briefly spending time as a production manager with an advertising agency during her graduate studies at Saint Joseph’s University, she obtained a Master of Arts in 1967 and

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Christina Jeffrey


Knowing from an early age that she wanted to be a writer or a teacher, Christina Fawcett Jeffrey began her studies at Vassar College in 1965. She then joined Plano University as a Richard M. Weaver fellow through the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. Realizing that she could combine her interests by becoming a college professor, she continued her education at the University of Alabama, where she was a National Defense Education Act fellow from 1969 to 1972 and a graduate teaching assistant from 1970 to 1973, and earned a Master of Arts in 1973. Dr. Jeffrey remained at the University of Alabama for her doctoral studies and became certified as a water

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With more than 50 years of professional experience, the Hon. Diane E. Watson worked as a member of the U.S. Congress for the 33rd District of California from 2003 to 2011, having previously represented the 32nd District from 2001 to 2003. Prior to these positions, she served as the U.S. ambassador to Micronesia for the U.S. Department of State from 1998 to 2001. She previously excelled with the California State Senate as a member of District 26 from 1994 to 1998, a member of District 28 from 1982 to 1990 and a member of District 30 from 1978 to 1982. Earlier in her career, Dr. Watson held the positions of a teacher, an administrator and a school psychologist with the

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Judith-Rae Ross


Having accrued more than 40 years of expertise in the field of historiography, the Hon. Judith-Rae Ross, PhD, has garnered a laudable reputation as a historian, educator and writer. She attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and was proud to have succeeded as a woman in academia during a time when cultural expectations for women were limited. Dr. Ross earned a Master of Arts at Loyola University in 1971 and completed a PhD in history at the University of Illinois in 1978. From 1979 until 1980, Dr. Ross served as an instructor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She continued her career as a visiting professor at the University of

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