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Brunauer, Esther (07 July 1901–26 June 1959), international affairs specialist and State Department official, was born Esther Delia Caukin near Jackson, California, the daughter of Ray Oakheart Caukin, an electrician, and Grace Elizabeth Blackwell, a suffragist and, later, a federal employee. Esther attended Mills College where she earned an A.B. in 1924. Three years later she received a Ph.D. in modern European history and international politics from Stanford University....

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Dulles, Eleanor Lansing (01 June 1895–30 October 1996), economist and State Department official, was born in Watertown, New York, the fourth child of Allen Macy Dulles, a minister, and Edith Foster Dulles. The family, which also included siblings John Foster, Margaret, and Allen, lived in the Presbyterian manse. Following the birth of another daughter, the family moved to Auburn, New York, where the scholarly Reverend Dulles taught at the Auburn Theological Seminary and preached at the Second Avenue Presbyterian Church. The move to Auburn ideally suited Edith Foster Dulles. She quickly became one of the area’s most active, progressive social work leaders, heading the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union. Edith also brought the expectations and ambitions of her wealthy, upper-class background to bear on her children’s lives. Edith’s father, ...

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Shipley, Ruth Bielaski (20 April 1885–03 November 1966), government administrator, was born in Montgomery County, Maryland, the daughter of Alexander Bielaski, a Methodist minister, and Roselle Woodward Israel. She grew up in comfortable circumstances on her grandfather’s Maryland farm and at the family’s Washington, D.C. residence. She received a high school education in Washington....

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Watson, Barbara Mae (05 November 1918–17 February 1983), government official, was born in New York City, the daughter of James S. Watson, the first black elected judge in New York, and Violet Lopez. After receiving her B.A. from Barnard College in 1943, she served as an interviewer with the United Seaman’s Service in New York, 1943–1946; as owner and executive director of Barbara Watson Models, a modeling agency, 1946–1956; as a research assistant for the New York State Democratic Committee, 1952–1953; as a clerk at the Christophers, a nonprofit Catholic organization, in New York, 1956–1957; and as foreign student adviser at Hampton Institute in Virginia, 1958–1959....