Gail Johnson


Former Evergreen Faculty Member


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Trailblazing Governors

Publication Type

Author Non-Fiction

Trailblazing Governors

Latest Publication Title

Trailblazing Governors:  Six Remarkable Women, 2012

Additional Publications

Research Methods for Public Administrators, (2nd ed), (2009), Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc. (under contract for 3rd edition, 2013).
Research Methods for Public Administrators, (2002), Westport, CT: Quorum Press.
Recruiting, Retaining, and Motivating the Federal Workforce, (1991), Westport, CT: Quorum Press.

Publication Excerpt

Boldly going into an undiscovered universe, the trailblazing governors shattered the
myth that women were too weak to succeed in politics and effectively lead state government. Courage, intelligence, and integrity are their defining characteristics. The first generation of women governors were elected between 1974 and 1994.

Who are these six remarkable women?
Connecticut’s Ella Grasso
Washington’s Dixy Lee Ray
Kentucky’s Martha Layne Collins
Vermont’s Madeleine Kunin
Oregon’s Barbara Roberts
New Jersey’s Christine Todd Whitman

Based on interviews, news stories, and information from state archives, readers will discover an abundance of historical facts intertwined with personal stories to illustrate what it takes to be governor. It highlights the essential qualities they brought into politics and lessons learned.

More than a political “how to” book, their stories also provide insights for all who wish to lead a meaningful life, whether in politics or not.