Sunday, June 10, 2012

On June 10

On this day in ...
... 1922 (90 years ago today), a daughter, Rose Perica, was born in Globe, Arizona, to parents who'd emigrated from Austria. A superb student, athletically and academically, and president of her high school class, at age 18 she embarked on a lifelong career of service in government and Democratic politics when she began working as a secretary to a state politician. Her career was not without its bumps; an Arizona Republic profile reported of her stint as executive secretary of the state tax commission:
'[S]he bore the brunt of overt male chauvinism in the 1950s. Commission member Thad Moore explained that she was removed because the commission "felt it was better to have a man in that particular job.'
Married and then divorced by the late 1960s, Rose Mofford eventually was elected Arizona's Secretary of State, the 1st woman to hold the post. And in 1988, when a corruption-related impeachment forced the incumbent governor to resigned, she became Governor of Arizona, again the 1st woman in that job. (credit for 1990 photo of Gov. Mofford delivering State of the State address) Declining to run for election, Mofford completed the term in 1991. (Prior IntLawGrrls post.) She's since remained active in civic and political activities.

(Prior June 10 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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