Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist by Debra L. WinegartenOveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist by Debra L. Winegarten

Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist

byDebra L. Winegarten

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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Winner, Gold Medal for Biography, Military Writers Society of America, 2015

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.

Debra L. Winegarten is a freelance writer whose previous books include There’s Jews in Texas?, Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl, and Strong Family Ties: The Tiny Hawkins Story. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she teaches sociology at a local university.
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Title:Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, PhilanthropistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292722680

ISBN - 13:9780292722682

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One

Growing up in Killeen, Texas

Chapter Two

Politics and the Texas Legislature: Parliamentarian

Chapter Three

Marriage and Family

Chapter Four

Oveta Joins the Army

Chapter Five

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

Chapter Six

The Little Colonel

Chapter Seven

Running the Houston Post

Chapter Eight

Mrs. Secretary and the Polio Epidemic

Chapter Nine

Retirement and Philanthropy

Chapter Ten

Oveta’s Legacy

Time Line

Notes

Glossary

Selected Websites and Resources

Selected Bibliography

Index

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Winner, Gold Medal for Biography, Military Writers Society of America, 2015Oveta 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