Barbara Honegger was a consultant at the Justice Department during the Reagan administration. She headed the department's gender discrimination agency review before resigning in August, 1983, the day after the Washington Post printed an opinion article written by Honnegger. The quotes below are from that article.
An analyst with the Hoover Institute and other organizations before she joined the Reagan administration, she worked as an investigative journalist after her resignation. Her book, October Surprise, alleged that Reagan and Bush involvement in Iran's delay in negotiating release of the Iran captives until after Jimmy Carter had lost the 1980 election.
Selected Barbara Honegger Quotations
• I don't know about you, but I am insulted when the President of my country haggles with the Civil Rights Commission over whether his record on appointment of women to top government jobs is 1 or 2 percent better or worse than Jimmy Carter's own lousy record. And I am insulted when the President of my country defends another all-male advisory commission claiming that "we never select individuals just because they're men or women . . . or whatever." Yes, there are other aspects, mostly economic, of any effort to undo wrongs against women in this country. But frankly, my dear, I don't think Ronald Reagan gives a damn.
• One of the major reasons women who know give for the absolute necessity of an ERA [Equal Rights Amendment] is precisely the point Ronald Reagan's own Administration makes raw: federal statutes can be repealed or, if technically still on the books, be effectively voided by a President who doesn't enforce or who narrows the scope of the law.
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
Jone Johnson Lewis. "Barbara Honegger Quotes." About Women's History. URL: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/honneger.htm . Date accessed: (today). (More on how to cite online sources including this page)