Elizabeth P. Hoisington died at age 88 last month in Springfield, Virginia. As noted here, in 1970 Hoisington, director of the Women's Army Corps since 1966, became, along with Anna Mae Hays, 1 of the 1st 2 women to be made brigadier generals in the U.S. Army. The public response underscores the scarcity of women leaders not so long ago:
Their promotions were a public relations coup for the Army. A photograph of Gen. William Westmoreland, the Army chief of staff, kissing Hoisington at the ceremony was featured in newspapers and in the World Book encyclopedia. She and Hays appeared on the Dick Cavett, David Frost and 'Today' shows, and Hoisington -- who possessed a bright smile and an outgoing personality -- was a guest on the popular game show 'What's My Line?'