Groundbreakers

Kate V. Wofford (1894-1954)

As a graduate of SC State University, University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University Ms. Willmon-Goggins became the first African-American woman to be elected to the SC General Assembly. Born in Pendleton, SC she would also become the first African-American woman to serve on the United States Civil Rights Commission. To add to her list …

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Juanita Willmon-Goggins (1934-2010)

As a graduate of SC State University, University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University Ms. Willmon-Goggins became the first African-American woman to be elected to the SC General Assembly. Born in Pendleton, SC she would also become the first African-American woman to serve on the United States Civil Rights Commission. To add to her list …

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Candy Waites (1943- )

Candy Yaghjian Waites represented S.C. House District 75 from 1988 until 1994. Waites received her B.A. from Wheaton College in 1965 and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1997. Waites made national news during the 1964 presidential election when her Wheaton classmates raised money to fly Waites home to …

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Jean Hoefer Toal (1943- )

Jean Hoefer Toal, former Chief Justice on the Supreme Court of South Carolina, began her career of public service with her election in 1975 to the South Carolina House of Representatives. She represented Richland County in the House for 13 years and was its first woman to chair a standing committee. She chaired the House …

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Inez Tenenbaum (1951- )

Inez Moore Tenenbaum was sworn in on June 23, 2009 as the ninth Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The term expires in October 2013. Tenenbaum served as South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education from 1998-2007. During her tenure, student achievement in South Carolina improved at the fastest rate in the nation, …

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