Lucy W. Benson

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Lucy Wilson Benson (born August 25, 1927)[1] was United States Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 1977 to 1980. When Benson was named to this post, it was the highest position ever held by a woman in the United States Department of State.[2]

Prior to joining the State Department, Benson served as President of the National League of Women Voters (1968 to 1974) and Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services (1975 to 1977).[3]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Washington Talk: Women in Government; The Pioneers", New York Times, Nov. 13, 1986
  3. ^ "Lucy Wilson Benson (1943), H1974". Amherst College. Amherst College. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlyle E. Maw
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
March 28, 1977–January 5, 1980
Succeeded by
Matthew Nimetz
Preceded by
Peter C. Goldmark, Jr.
Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Jerald Stevens
Preceded by
Julia Davis Stuart
President of the League of Women Voters
1968–1974
Succeeded by
Ruth Clusen