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Black Hills Woman Appointed To U.S. Civil Service
Black Hills Woman Appointed To U.S. Civil Service
August 12, 2016

IN HISTORY: President Eisenhower Nominates Rapid City Woman

After a previous nomination ended in controversy, President Dwight Eisenhower announced on August 11, 1958, that he would appoint 41-year old Barbara Bates Gunderson, the South Dakota Republican National Committeewoman, to serve on the U.S. Civil Service Commission. A journalist by profession, Gunderson would become a champion for women in federal service.

According to the Washington Post, shortly before she stepped down from the commission in 1961 she helped launch an award designed to encourage women to step into management roles within government. 

To learn more about the U.S. Civil Service Commission, explore their archives online.

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