Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist

Paperback | April 1, 2014

byDebra L. Winegarten

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Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women's army from scratch—and did. Hobby became Director of the Women's Army Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel. President Eisenhower chose her as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, making her the second woman in history to be appointed to a president's cabinet. When she wasn't serving in the government, Hobby worked with her husband, former Texas governor William P. Hobby, to lead a media empire that included the Houston Post newspaper and radio and TV stations. She also supported the Houston community in many ways, from advocating for civil rights for African Americans to donating generously to the Houston Symphony and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Oveta Culp Hobby is the first biography of this important woman. Written for middle school readers, it traces her life from her childhood in Killeen to her remarkable achievements in Washington, DC, and Houston. Debra Winegarten provides the background to help young adult readers understand the times in which Hobby lived and the challenges she faced as a woman in nontraditional jobs. She shows how Hobby opened doors for women to serve in the military and in other professions that still benefit women today. Most of all, Oveta Culp Hobby will inspire young adults to follow their own dreams and turn them into tangible reality.

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Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women's army from scratch—and did. Hobby became Director of the Women's Army Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel. President Eisenhower chose her as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, making ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292722680

ISBN - 13:9780292722682

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IntroductionChapter 1. Growing up in Killeen, TexasChapter 2. Politics and the Texas Legislature: ParliamentarianChapter 3. Marriage and FamilyChapter 4. Oveta Joins the ArmyChapter 5. The Women’s Army Auxiliary CorpsChapter 6. The Little ColonelChapter 7. Running the Houston PostChapter 8. Mrs. Secretary and the Polio EpidemicChapter 9. Retirement and PhilanthropyChapter 10. Oveta’s LegacyTime LineGlossarySelected Websites and ResourcesSelected BibliographyIndex

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Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women's army from scratch—and did. Hobby became Director of the Women's Army Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel. President Eisenhower chose her as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, making her the second woman in history to be appointed to a president's cabinet. When she wasn't serving in the government, Hobby worked with her husband, former Texas governor William P. Hobby, to lead a media empire that included the Houston Post newspaper and radio and TV stations. She also supported the Houston community in many ways, from advocating for civil rights for African Americans to donating generously to the Houston Symphony and the Museum of Fine Arts.Oveta Culp Hobby is the first biography of this important woman. Written for middle school readers, it traces her life from her childhood in Killeen to her remarkable achievements in Washington, DC, and Houston. Debra Winegarten provides the background to help young adult readers understand the times in which Hobby lived and the challenges she faced as a woman in nontraditional jobs. She shows how Hobby opened doors for women to serve in the military and in other professions that still benefit women today. Most of all, Oveta Culp Hobby will inspire young adults to follow their own dreams and turn them into tangible reality."Oveta Culp Hobby was one of the most successful women in twentieth-century America in business, government, and politics. I am pleased that Debra Winegarten has written her biography for our Texas history students. Oveta is a true Texas trailblazer who left a tremendous legacy. Everyone should know her story." - Senator Kay Bailey Hutichson