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THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF MRS ELIZABETH DOLE As President of the American Red Cross Elizabeth Dole has led an extraordinary public service career in which she has served six United States Presidents and has been named by the Gallup Poll as one of the worlds ten most admired women Born and raised in Salisbury North Carolina Elizabeth Dole was apparently always diligent She obtained excellent grades and won the prize in an essay writing competition offered annually by the Daughters of the Confederacy Her classmates voted her Most Likely to Succeed and would often remark that she would one day be a First Lady or a President Following in her brothers footsteps she attended Duke University She was elected president of the Womens Student Government Association Elizabeth Dole left Duke with a bachelors degree in political science with recognition as Student Leader of the Year Phi Beta Kappa and was the May Queen She then went on to earn her law degree from Harvard Law School as well as obtaining a masters in education and government from Harvard Elizabeth Dole headed the White House Office of Consumer Affairs under both Presidents Johnson and Nixon It was there that she began a career-long dedication to public safety for which she received the National Safety Councils Distinguished Service Award in 1989 By 1974 Nixon had appointed her a Federal Trade Commissioner She and Bob Dole were married in 1975 while she was still with the FTC and when he became the Vice Presidential candidate under Jerry Ford she took a leave of absence to campaign for him In 1980 the now married Elizabeth Dole impressed Ronald Reagan to the extent that he appointed her director of his transition teams human services group and a year later promoted her to head of the White House Office of Public Liaison In February 1983 Elizabeth Dole joined President Reagans Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation - the first woman
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