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"M" is for Moxon, Barbara Wischan (1921-2011)

South Carolina From A to Z
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"M" is for Moxon, Barbara Wischan (1921-2011). Political activist. A native of Philadelphia, in 1963, Moxon and her husband moved to Columbia where she became active in the League of Women Voters, serving as state president for three terms (1971-1977). She was appointed and reappointed by governors to the South Carolina Commission on Women from 1974 to 1985 and served as the commission’s chairperson. Moxon was active in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and as state legislative chairperson. In 1988, through a grant from the national AAUW, she began a project to get more women appointed to public boards and commissions. Partly as a result of Barbara Wischan Moxon's efforts, women were appointed to the State Board of Education, the Department of Health and Environmental Health Board, and the ETV Commission.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.