Virginia Allan

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Virginia Allan
Born(1916-10-21)October 21, 1916
Wyandotte, Michigan
DiedAugust 8, 1999(1999-08-08) (aged 82)
Sarasota, Florida
  • Educator
  • business person
  • civil servant

Virginia Allan (1916–1999) was an American educator and women's employment advocate.


Allan was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on October 21, 1916. She received both an AB and MA from the University of Michigan, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. After completing her education and working on a World War II assembly line, Allan began her career as an educator teaching English in the Dearborn and Detroit school systems.[1] She went on to serve as the Chair of President Nixon's Taskforce on Women's Rights and Responsibilities in 1969. In 1972, she was named the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. She was also the Director of the Graduate School of Women's Studies at George Washington University from 1977 to 1983.[2] Upon her retirement in 1993, she moved to Sarasota, Florida, where she died on August 8, 1999.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "BHL: Virginia R. Allan papers". Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  2. ^ "Virginia Allan" (PDF). Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Virginia Allan | University Libraries". Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  4. ^ "Virginia Allen Interview Transcript | University Libraries". Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  5. ^ "A Few Good Women Oral History collection, 1938-2000 (bulk 1969-2000) PSUA 1". Retrieved 2017-05-13.