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Oveta Culp Hobby: An Unsung Figure in Texas History

We learn about one of the unsung women in Texas history: Oveta Culp Hobby. Author Debra Winegarten says Hobby’s story is often overshadowed by others in her famous family (her husband was former Texas Governor William P. Hobby, for whom Hobby Airport is named). Winegarten discusses her biography Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist. Oveta Culp Hobby was […]

We learn about one of the unsung women in Texas history: Oveta Culp Hobby.

Author Debra Winegarten says Hobby’s story is often overshadowed by others in her famous family (her husband was former Texas Governor William P. Hobby, for whom Hobby Airport is named).

Winegarten discusses her biography Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist.

Oveta Culp Hobby was the second woman appointed to a president’s cabinet and the first person to serve as the secretary of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She also held several key military positions, including as the first commanding officer of the Women’s Army Corps, and she was the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel.

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