Congresswoman Elizabeth Hanford Dole grew up in North Carolina in the small town of Salisbury ,and was born to a wholesaler on July 29, 1936. Dole had a privileged childhood and had the opportunity to study private balled and horseback riding amongst other things. As she grew up she became a model student succeeding in academics as well as extracurricular activities, such as drama and student government; and even got elected as president of her freshman class. After high school like many girls her age, Dole proceeded to go to college where she followed in her brothers footsteps and attended Duke University where she majored in political science in 1958 after which she did post-graduate work at Oxford in 1959 (“San Diego 96”). Some of her many accomplishments while there was to be elected May queen, Student body president, and even got accepted into an undergraduate honors society by the name of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dole went on to Harvard were she received her masters in 1960 and then in 1965 graduated Harvard Law School. She was one among twenty-five other female students in a class of five hundred. Although Dole was a briefly employed in private law practice in 1967 working for the poor, her main devotion soon became public service (“San Diego 96). Once graduated Elizabeth went off to Washington, D.C. There she worked in several government agencies such as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the U.S office of Consumer Affairs in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson administration, among others. Dole gained a reputation as a supporter of consumer rights.
Dole was nominated by Nixon to be one of the five commissioners on the federal Trade Commission in 1973 (“National Women’s History Museum”). She became known for her enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1975, this gives all residents in the United States an equal chance to receive credit and loans, and for investigations relating nursing home abuse. Her priorities became the poor, handicapped, minorities, and women; a college at FTC recalls (“notablebiographies”).
In 1975 Elizabeth Hanford married Robert Dole a senior senator in 1975. They became known as the top power couple because for their roles in national politics. Dole’s married life revolved almost entirely around their social political life. During Dole early career years she was a Democrat, then a registered Independent and after her marriage she became a Republican. In 1976 her husband, Robert Dole, ran for vice president for which she campaigned vigorously. Then in 1979, she gave up her position as FTC commissioner to campaign for him full-time. Though her husband’s campaign was unsuccessful Dole was becoming a well known as one of the Republican Party’s most outstanding Female leaders and was recognized as a competitor for a high political office (“notablebiographies”)
Dole served in the Reagan and Bush administrations. In 1983 President Reagan appointed Dole as secretary of transportation,...