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Koryne Horbal and Eleanor Smeal

At First National Women's Conference, Houston, 1977. Then and future presidents of NOW conferring on the floor of the convention. Horbal, left, Smeal next to her, fifth from Left: Arlie Scott, Action VP of N.O.W. at the time.
U.N. Commission on the Status of Women Appointment of Koryne Horbal as U.S. Representative. Eleanor Smeal from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania headed NOW during its campaign for the ERA in 1977-1982 and again in 1985-1987. Educated at Duke University and the University of Florida where she received a Masters in political science, she has been a leader in many women's rights campaigns including the 1986 march in Washington over abortion rights. In more recent years Smeal has held the position of president of the Feminist Majority and founded a campaign to stop what she called "gender apartheid," the Taliban's restrictions on women in Afghanistan.
June 27, 1977

The President today announced the appointment of Koryne Horbal, of Minneapolis, Minn., as the Representative of the United States on the Commission on the Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Horbal is vice president and secretary of the American Contracting Corp. in Minneapolis.

She was born February 11, 1937, in Minneapolis. She worked for Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn advertising agency from 1955 to 1965, and has been with the American Contracting Corp. since 1958.

Horbal is a member of the Democratic National Committee, the DNC Charter Commission, and the National Organization of Women. She served on the Carter-Mondale National Steering Committee in 1976.
Citation: John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project [online]. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California (hosted), Gerhard Peters (database). Available from World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=7730).
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