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A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Elizabeth Dole graduated with distinction from Duke University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, earned a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University. Her resume includes six years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, and two years as Assistant to President Reagan for Public Liaison. In 1983, she became the first woman to be appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation, serving five years. She later served as U.S. Secretary of Labor where top priorities included workplace safety and initiatives to help youth-at-risk. Elizabeth Dole was only the second woman to serve as president since Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881. Elected in 2002, Senator Dole became the first woman to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate.
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