March is Women’s History Month, and this is an appropriate time to highlight some of the women who have made history in the field of public relations. Several scholars have noted the need to expand the history of public relations to include the experiences of women in the civic/social, government, agency, and corporate worlds. This is a small attempt to showcase some historical research about great women who have been practitioners.
Anne Williams Wheaton
She served as the assistant to the director of publicity for the Republican National Committee from 1939 to 1957. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower named Wheaton the Associate Press Secretary. She was the first woman to hold that post. She stayed in this position until 1961.