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posted Friday, March 19, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 12

Midge Costanza has died in San Diego
She was the first woman to hold the office of Assistant to the President of the United States, when President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the position of Assistant to the President for Public Liaison in 1977. For the first 20 months of the Carter Administration, she received national media attention as Carter's outspoken and committed "Window on America."

Midge served as a link between the President and a wide range of groups who previously had limited access to the White House, including women, youth, seniors, minorities, gays and lesbians, and the disabled. She was particularly active in fighting for women's equality, advocating for many issues, including the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, for the protection of women's reproductive rights, and for the appointment of more women to high office.


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