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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 10 (Feb. 15, 1955)

Chatterton, Grace
Wisconsin women,   p. 25


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S.iconsitnultomen
              0   " *      with Grace Chatterton
  Wisconsin's Madam Secretary. The first woman to hold
a constitutional state office in Wisconsin is Glenn Miller
Wise, '19. Glenn was appointed Seceretary of State by
Governor Kohler to serve the full two year term of the
late Fred Zimmerman. She took the oath of office with
the four other state officers at impressive inaugural cere-
monies in the state capitol, Monday noon, January 3.
  The Governor's request that Glenn serve in this capa-
city came as a complete surprise to her. After consulting
with husband, John, and her son, she finally consented,
although she said, "I regard this as a full-time office, so
it wasn't an easy thing to decide."
  The Governor had explained: "The increasing participa-
tion of women in politics and government made the
appointment of a women logical and desirable. Having
decided to appoint a woman, I was delighted to find one
whose experience in civic affairs, and educational back-
ground so eminently fit her for the appointment."
  Mrs. Wise, a former president of the Wisconsin Federa-
tion of Republican Women, is vice-chairman of the State
Republican Voluntary Organization and is in her second
term as secretary of the National Federation of Repub-
lican Women. Her interest in civic affairs has ranged
from the presidenqc of the Madison League of Women
Voters, membership on the recreation panel of the Madison
Community Welfare Council, the Board of Park Commis-
sioners for the city of Madison, chairman of the hostess units
during World War II of the Madison U.S.O. and Y.W.C.A.,
president of her local Parent-Teacher Association, to legisla-
tive chairman for both the Wisconsin League of Women
Voters and the Wisconsin branch of the AAUW.
  Before her marriage in 1924 she was secretary of the
University of Wisconsin Department of Economics, a
University statistician, and for two years was organizer
and director of the employment exchange of the Wash-
ington, D. C., School for Secretaries.
  She is 58 )'cars old. When a woman becomes a political
figure, her age no longer is her secret-one of the dis-
advantages, perhaps, for women in public life. Anyway,
she spent her early years in Wyocena and La Valle, Wis-
consin, small towns where her father was a physician.
She graduated from Reedsburg High School, received a
bachelor of arts degree from Milwaukee Downer College
in 1917 and a masters degree in economics from Wiscon-
sin two years later.
  Now the fond grandmother of two little girls, she
says: "While I feel very strongly that every woman in a
country such as ours has an obligation to participate
actively in politics, I had never considered the idea of
holding public office." She was persuaded, however, that
a woman's obligations "go beyond service to a political
party and extend to actual service in public office as well."
  Mrs. Wise was a special guest at the Madison Founders'
Day celebration this month.
  We recently got word of the activities of another 1919
alumna high on the state government scene-but in
FEBRUARY, 1955
Secretary of State and granddaughter
Arkansas. She is Pauline Hoeltzel, the only woman mem-
ber of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Like
Mrs. Wise, she received her masters degree at the UW
after doing undergraduate work elsewhere. Pauline is
now acting chairman of the Humanities Division at Little
Rock Junior College, and a popular member of the
faculty. A few years ago she was elected "Little Rock
Woman of the Year"--and for obvious reasons when her
numerous contributions to civic and professional groups
are considered.
           An Invitation
             To Alumnae
     The University of Wisconsin is a coeducational in
   stitution. This is perhaps one of its finest attributes.
     The environment of gentility engendered by the
   presence of women gives full meaning to the appelation
   ''alma mater.'
     Any forthright man will testify to the inspiration of
   mother, sisters, sweetheart or wife in eliciting his nobler
   nature.
     As in college days, so in alumni activities, women
   can make an important contribution. This has been
   amply demonstrated in scattered instances.
     In arranging the social events of local clubs, the
   womanly touch may make the difference between mag-
   nificence and mediocrity.
     The Wisconsin Pre-View meetings are an actixity
- particularly within the province of woman's interests.
     About a third of our graduates are women. The
   gentler sex is not commensurately represented in the
   Alumni Association membership, nor in its activities.
   Hence this appeal.
     We want and need more women members of the
   Wisconsin Alumni Association.
                       Gordon Fox
                       President
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