Sunday, January 11, 2009

Beverly Perdue

From the News & Observer:
"Beverly Perdue became North Carolina's first female governor Saturday, completing a steady climb that began 23 years ago in New Bern overcoming presumptions about women candidates and culminating in Raleigh reaching the pinnacle of state politics.

After taking the oath of office before the female head of another branch of government - Chief Justice Sarah Parker - Perdue told more than 3,000 people at the inauguration ceremony she's ready to lead the state through a tough economy while improving education and how government operates.

But the focus was on Perdue, who rose through the good ole' boy political ranks to serve as a powerful state Senate budget-writer and a two-term lieutenant governor for the past eight years. Women from across the state brought their children - particularly daughters - to witness the event."

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